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Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

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Victoria  Palau 

Associate Professor
423-439-2082 /
Building 7, Room 329



Education, Degree, & Post Graduate Training:

  • PhD Florida International University 1999
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tumor Cell Biology, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 2000-2003
  • P.M.C. Clinical Research Management Duke University 2007-2010

Career highlights:


  • Biomedical Graduate Student Award Professor of the Year 2013-2014. In recognition of excellence in leadership.
  • Biomedical Graduate Student Award Professor of the Year 2011-2012. In recognition of excellence in instruction.
  • Biomedical Graduate Student Award 2010-2011. In recognition of teaching style.


  • SMC/Muc4-ErbB2 complex: implications in neoplasia (K01CA102248). PI Dr. Victoria Palau Ramsauer. NIH/NCI (2003-2009)
  • 97th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, 2006. Work selected for Mini-Symposium.
  • 95th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, 2004. Work selected for Mini- Symposium.
  • Editor's Choice, Science Signaling AAAS. An Escort to the Top. Sci. STKE, 12 August 2003, Vol. 2003, Issue 195, p. tw313
  • 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, 2003. Work selected for Poster Discussion Session.
  • Postdoctoral fellowship. HER2 ligand in human breast tumors (CA74072-03). PI Dr. Kermit Carraway NIH/NCI, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002.

Teaching specialty:

Tumor Cell Biology and cell signaling
DNA/small molecule Interactions

Classes taught:

Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy:

  • IDEALS Lab I, II, and III, Biochemistry, Physiology, Hematology/Oncology module, Fundamentals of Clinical Trials, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research I, II, and III, APPE in Manuscript Writing.

James Quillen College of Medicine

  • · Department of Internal Medicine Division of Oncology
    • Oncology Fellowship Program
  • · Department of Biomedical Sciences
    • Graduate Program BMS I, III, and IV

Research Interests:

Biological markers and cell signaling in oncogenesis
Testing of novel compounds derived from plants with ethnobotanical importance

Selected Publications:

Duran E, Ramsauer VP, Torrenegra RD, Rodriguez OE, Ballester M, Winkle SA. 2012. Qualitative analysis of sequence specific binding of flavones to DNA using restriction endonuclease activity assays. Biopolymers; 2013 Aug;99(8):530-7.

Thomas CM, Wood III RC, Wyatt JE, Pendleton MH, Rodriguez OE, Torrenegra RD, Harirforoosh S, Ballester M, Lightner J, Krishnan K, and Ramsauer VP. 2012. Anti-neoplastic activity of two flavone isomers derived from Gnaphalium elegans and Achyrocline bogotensis. PLoS One 7(6):e39806.

Pfister AB, Wood RC, Salas PJI, Zea DL, Ramsauer VP. 2010. Early response to ErbB2 Over-Expression in polarized Caco-2 Cells involves partial segregation from ErbB3 by relocalization to the apical surface and initiation of survival signaling. J. Cell. Biochem. 111(3):643-652

Ramsauer VP, Pino V, Carraway CA, Salas PJI, and Carraway KL. 2006. Muc4 ErbB2 com-plex formation and signaling in epithelial cells indicate that Muc4 acts as an unorthodox ligand for ErbB2. Mol. Biol. Cell 2006 17: 2931-2941

Carraway, K.L., Ramsauer VP, and Carraway, C.A. 2005. Glycoprotein contributions to mammary gland and mammary tumor structure and function: roles of adherens junctions, ErbBs and membrane mucins. J Cell Biochem. 96(5):914-26. Review.

Ramsauer VP, Carraway CA Salas PJI, and Carraway KL. 2003. Muc4/ Sialomucin complex, the intramembrane ErbB2 ligand, translocates ErbB2 to the apical surface in polarized epithelial cells. J. Biol. Chem. 278 30142-30147

View published research articles by Dr. Palau in the National Library of Medicine

Organizational Involvement/Membership:

  • American Association for Cancer Research 2000-present
  • American Society for Cell Biology 2012-present
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