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Kiran Velpula, PhD

Assistant Professor

Cancer Biology and Pharmacology



1 Illini Drive, The Velpula Laboratory (C215), Peoria, IL, 61605

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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.


  • 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

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

Service to 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


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

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