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Research Interests

Our research is focused on the role of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and its target genes in skin and prostate tumor development, and regulation of stem cells. We are also very much interested in translational aspects of the GR biology, and my laboratory has been involved in the development of novel selective GR activators (SEGRA) that preserve therapeutic potential of glucocorticoids but have fewer side effects. We also study the molecular mechanisms of the major side effect of topical glucocorticoids - skin atrophy using mice with knockout of identified GR target genes.


  • Chemotherapy
  • Cancer: Prostate
  • Cancer: Skin
  • Skin Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer

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Research Output 1977 2017

  • 1633 Citations
  • 61 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Comment/debate

Endogenous Glucocorticoid Deficiency in Psoriasis Promotes Inflammation and Abnormal Differentiation

Sarkar, M. K., Kaplan, N., Tsoi, L. C., Xing, X., Liang, Y., Swindell, W. R., Hoover, P., Aravind, M., Baida, G., Clark, M., Voorhees, J. J., Nair, R. P., Elder, J. T., Budunova, I., Getsios, S. & Gudjonsson, J. E. Jul 1 2017 In : Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 137, 7, p. 1474-1483 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


Important role of kallikrein 6 for the development of keratinocyte proliferative resistance to topical glucocorticoids

Kishibe, M., Baida, G., Bhalla, P., Lavker, R. M., Schlosser, B., Iinuma, S., Yoshida, S., Dudley, J. T. & Budunova, I. Jan 1 2016 In : Oncotarget. 7, 43, p. 69479-69488 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Fluocinolone Acetonide
4 Citations

N-bromotaurine surrogates for loss of antiproliferative response and enhances cisplatin efficacy in cancer cells with impaired glucocorticoid receptor

Logotheti, S., Khoury, N., Vlahopoulos, S. A., Skourti, E., Papaevangeliou, D., Liloglou, T., Gorgoulis, V., Budunova, I., Kyriakopoulos, A. M. & Zoumpourlis, V. Jul 1 2016 In : Translational Research. 173, p. 58-73.e2

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Glucocorticoid Receptors
3 Citations

Asymmetric expression of connexins between luminal epithelial- and myoepithelial- cells is essential for contractile function of the mammary gland

Mroue, R., Inman, J., Mott, J., Budunova, I. & Bissell, M. J. Mar 1 2015 In : Developmental Biology. 399, 1, p. 15-26 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Human Mammary Glands
Epithelial Cells
Connexin 43
Gap Junctions
5 Citations

Discovery of Compound A - A selective activator of the glucocorticoid receptor with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity

Lesovaya, E., Yemelyanov, A., Swart, A. C., Swart, P., Haegeman, G. & Budunova, I. 2015 In : Oncotarget. 6, 31, p. 30730-30744 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Glucocorticoid Receptors
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Transcriptional Activation