Richard Vaillancourt

Research Focus Group Membership: 
Research Focus Group 3

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992, Pharmacology

College Affiliations: 

College of Pharmacy

Research Interests: 

Molecular and biochemical characterization of serine/threonine protein kinases that function as part of sequential protein kinase pathways.

Environmental Health Research & Expertise: 

Dr. Vaillancourt's goal is to help facilitate interactions amongst the group members so that research collaborations can evolve into synergistic research projects. His research interests lie in the area of molecular toxicology and signal transduction. He is also organizer of the Southwest Environmental Health Science Center (SWEHSC) seminar program. Although he occasionally invites guest speakers for seminars, he encourage SWEHSC members to invite colleagues as well as other scientists to present seminars on cutting edge topics that will be of interest to not only the faculty, but also to the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The goal is to invite speakers who will broaden the knowledge base of center members, but also to enlighten students to potential career avenues once they leave the University of Arizona.

Select Publications


Lake, A. D., P. Novak, P. Shipkova, N. Aranibar, D. G. Robertson, M. D. Reily, L. D. Lehman-McKeeman, R. R. Vaillancourt, and N. J. Cherrington, "Branched chain amino acid metabolism profiles in progressive human nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.", Amino Acids, vol. 47, issue 3, pp. 603-15, 2015 Mar. PubMed PMCID: PMC4329055  PMID: 25534430


Sollome, J. J., E. Thavathiru, T. D. Camenisch, and R. R. Vaillancourt, "HER2/HER3 regulates extracellular acidification and cell migration through MTK1 (MEKK4).", Cell Signal, vol. 26, issue 1, pp. 70-82, 2014 Jan. PubMed PMCID: PMC3869707  PMID: 24036211


Druwe, I. L., J. J. Sollome, P. Sanchez-Soria, R. N. Hardwick, T. D. Camenisch, and R. R. Vaillancourt, "Arsenite activates NFκB through induction of C-reactive protein.", Toxicol Appl Pharmacol, vol. 261, issue 3, pp. 263-70, 2012 Jun 15. PubMed PMCID: PMC3598891  PMID: 22521605


Druwe, I. L., and R. R. Vaillancourt, "Influence of arsenate and arsenite on signal transduction pathways: an update.", Arch Toxicol, vol. 84, issue 8, pp. 585-96, 2010 Aug. PubMed PMCID: PMC2911141  PMID: 20502880


Hays, A. M., C. R Lantz, L. S. Rodgers, J. J. Sollome, R. R. Vaillancourt, A. S. Andrew, J. W. Hamilton, and T. D. Camenisch, "Arsenic-induced decreases in the vascular matrix.", Toxicol Pathol, vol. 36, issue 6, pp. 805-17, 2008 Oct. PubMed PMCID: PMC2875876  PMID: 18812580