Kiran Velpula, PhD

Assistant Professor University of Illinois College of Medicine PeoriaCancer Biology and Pharmacology
Work 1 Illini Drive The Velpula Laboratory (C215) Peoria IL 61605 Work Phone: 309-671-3413 Work 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


2018-Present: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UICOMP
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

Service to the Institution

2019-Present: Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Peoria, IL
2019-Present: Member, Climate Survey Committee, UIC
2018-2021: Member, Senate Executive Committee, UIC
2018-2020: Member, College Committee on Research, UIC
2018-2020: Member, College Committee on Student Awards and Scholarships, UIC
2016-Present: Member of Advisory Committee, State University Retirement System, UIC
2016-Present: Member, James Scholar Committee, UICOMP
2015-Present: Member, The Senate Affairs Committee, UIC
2015-Present: Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Peoria, UICOMP
2014-Present: Member, Faculty UIC Senate, UIC

Service to the Community

2019-Present: Board of Directors, The Center for Prevention and Abuse, Peoria, IL
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

Industry Relations

2017-Present: Scientific Advisor, Quest Pharmaceuticals, Hyderabad, India
2007-2008: Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Hyderabad, India
2001-2002: Junior Scientist, Virchow Biotech, Hyderabad, India

Categories: Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, UICOMP