Kiran Velpula PhD

Assistant Professor University of Illinois College of Medicine PeoriaCancer Biology and Pharmacology
Work 1 Illini Drive Peoria IL 61605 Work Phone: 309-671-3413Work Fax: 309-671-3442
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Biographical Info


The Velpula-Tsung laboratory is involved with the development of novel gene therapy strategies targeting cancer cell metabolism for the treatment of malignant gliomas. Another area of interest is mechanisms of metastasis and proliferation in medulloblastoma progression. With active clinician involvement, we are focused upon translating these results to new clinical treatments.


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2008: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
2001: M.S. in Biochemistry, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

Postdoctoral Training

2010: Postdoctoral Research Associate, UICOMP
2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


2016-Present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Yogivemana University, Kadapa, India
2015-Present: Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, UICOMP
2014-Present: Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, UICOMP
2014: Instructor of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, UICOMP


2016-Present: Member, James Scholar Committee
2015-Present: Member, Community Institutional Review Board (IRB)
2014-Present: Senate Member, The Senate of University of Illinois at Chicago

Service to the Community

2016-Present: Member, Government Affairs Committee, The Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Peoria, IL

2016-Present: Member, Education and Workforce Development Committee, The Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Peoria, IL

2015-Present: Horizons Club Program, PSD 150, Peoria, IL


2007-2008: Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Hyderabad, India
2001-2002: Junior Scientist, Virchow Biotech Pvt Ltd., Hyderabad, India


2015-2017: William E. McElroy Charitable Foundation (Role: PI)
2014-Present: UICOMP startup (Role: PI)
2014-Present: Mark Linder Walk for the Mind (PI: Andrew J. Tsung; Co-PI: Kiran K. Velpula)

Categories: Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, UICOMP