Ashok Saluja, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Joint Appointment), Divison of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

Ashok Saluja

Contact Info

Office Address:
Department of Surgery
Basic & Translational Research
420 Delaware Street SE
Mayo Mail Code 195
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Jennie Walker

Administrative Phone
612-624-4581

Administrative Email
jlwalker@umn.edu

Professor of Medicine (Joint Appointment), Divison of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

Eugene C. and Gail V. Sit Chair in Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Professor, Division of Basic and Translational Research

Professor, Department of Pharmacology


1980 Ph.D. Washington State University (Biochemistry); WA

1975 M. Sc. (Hons) Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab, India

1973 B.Sc. (Hons) Punjab Agricultural University; Punjab, India

Postdoctoral Training: 1980 Research Fellow, Biochemistry, Washington State University; 1981-1982 Research Associate, Biochemistry, Cornell University

Research

Research Summary/Interests

  • Physiology and Cell Biology of Pancreas: Stimulus-Secretion Coupling (intracellular signal transduction).
  • Etiology and Pathophysiology of Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis in Animal Models.
  • Mechanisms of premature intra-acinar cell activation of digestive enzyme zymogens.
  • Alterations of intracellular calcium homeostasis in pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  • Role of Inflammatory agents in determining the severity of pancreatitis.
  • Relationship between pancreatitis and lung injury.
  • Role of Protease Activated Receptors (PARs) in pancreatitis.
  • Heat shock proteins and their role in pancreatitis: How do HSPs prevent pancreatitis?
  • Pathophysiology of alcohol-induced pancreatic injury.
  • Role of heat shock proteins in pancreatic cancer.