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Dr. Paul SylvesterDr. Paul Sylvester is the Pfizer Inc. - B.J. Robison Endowed Professor of Pharmacy, and Director of Graduate Studies and Research Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Sylvester received his B.S. from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI in 1976, Ph.D. from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI in 1982, and completed his Postdoctoral Training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.

Prior to his arrival at ULM, Sylvester was a faculty member for ten years in the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Sylvester is an endocrinologist and his research interests have focused on endocrine-dependent diseases, particularly breast cancer.

Professional Memberships: Sylvester is a member of several scientific, professional and honorary societies including the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), The Endocrine Society, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and American Heart Association Scientific Council (Arteriosclerosis).

Research Interests: Sylvester's research examines the relationship between nutrition and breast cancer growth and development, with an emphasis on intracellular second messenger signal transduction pathways involved in regulating tumor cell growth and viability. Sylvester's laboratory is currently examining the mechanisms mediating the antiproliferative and cytotoxic effects of various forms of vitamin E on breast cancer cells.

Professional Activities: Sylvester is active as a reviewer of submitted manuscripts for numerous professional journals, including Cancer Research, Nutrition and Cancer and Carcinogenesis.

Extramural Funding: Sylvester has maintained continuous extramural funding for his research over the past 18 years and has received research grants from various institutions including the National Cancer Institute, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and American Institute for Cancer Research.

Teaching: Sylvester teaches pharmacology to second year pharmacy students, and he has mentored and helped several Pharm. D. students obtain highly competitive national research scholarships, including the AACP-Merck Research Scholarship, two AFPE-Gateway Research Scholarships, and a Pfizer Summer Research Scholarship. Sylvester has been awarded a total of seven teaching awards and recently awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and the Rho Chi Teacher of the Year in both 2005 and 2006 in the College of Pharmacy.

Publications: Sylvester has authored or co-authored 70 peer reviewed publications, 7 book chapters, and nearly 90 abstracts and invited presentations.


About the Endowment: 

The Pfizer, Inc. - B. J. Robison Professorship in Pharmacy endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.