David Hurley grew up in Dunwoody, GA, then earned a BS in Biology and Physics from
Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, in 1979. He received his PhD in Molecular and
Cellular Biology from Penn State University in 1986. He joined the faculty in Cell
and Molecular Biology at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1992. He developed "Cellular
Biochemistry" as a senior-level course for premedical students, while maintaining
a research focus on the regulation of gene transcription of the Growth Hormone gene
in the pituitary. Dr Hurley was an National Science Foundation CAREER program awardee
from 1996-2004, and was co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health grant for
17 years. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he joined the Gatton School
of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University as an inaugural faculty member in July,
2007, as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He
has 45 publications, is a member of The Endocrine Society, the Society for Neuroscience,
the AACP, and has been a grant reviewer for 6 years with the National Institute for
Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Education, Degree, & Post Graduate Training:
Guilford College, Greensboro, NC B. S. with High Honors, Biology and Physics, 1979
The Pennsylvania State University M. S., Molecular and Cell Biology, 1981
The Pennsylvania State University Ph.D., Molecular and Cell Biology, 1986
University of Rochester Postdoctoral, 1985-1988 University of Rochester School of
Medicine Postdoctoral, 1988-1990
Tulane University School of Medicine Research Assistant Professor, 1990-1991
Tulane University Assistant Professor, 1991-1997
Department of Cell & Molecular Biology Associate Professor, 1997-2003
Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry Course Director,
"Biochemistry of Human Disease" Associate Professor, 2004 - 2007
Graduation with High Honors, Guilford College May 1979
Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1979-1984
Sheldon Hackney Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of LAS, Tulane Univ., 1999
President's Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching, Tulane University,
Honors Program Professor of the Year, Tulane University, 2000 – 2001.
Professor of the Year, Owl Club First Year Class, Tulane Medical School, 2005 & 2006.
Gloria P. Walsh Teaching Medal, Tulane Medical School, Spring 2007.
National Science Foundation grant IBN 0820321, "Regulation of Pituitary Somatotroph
Differentiation by Zn-16", Principal Investigator, 05/2004 – 06/2009.
National Institutes of Health grant NS25987-17, "Hypophysiotropic neuron differentiation:
target feedback" Carol Phelps, Department of Structural and Cellular Biology, Tulane
Univ. School of Medicine, P.I.; 25% effort as co-investigator; 12/1988 - 06/2007.
Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation, Research Travel Grant #1002026, David L. Hurley, P.I.,
"Pituitary-specific transcription factors in the dwarf (dw/dw) rat"; 01/2001 - 06/2001
for sabbatical with Dr. Iain C.A.F. Robinson, Division of Molecular Neuroendocrinology,
National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, UK.
NSF IBN-9600805, CAREER (formerly Presidential Young Investigator) Program "Neuroendocrine
Regulation of a Zinc Finger Protein, Zn-15, Which Synergistically Activates GH Expression";
Principal Investigator, 08/1996 - 07/2001.
Neuroendocrine control of Growth Hormone transcription