David T. Denhardt
Dr. David T. Denhardt, born in California and educated on both coasts, has held the rank of Professor II in the Division of Life Sciences since 1988, when he was recruited to the position of Chair of Biological Sciences, Rutgers University.He held that position until 1995 when the Department of Biological Sciences was reorganized into several smaller departments, one of which was Cell Biology and Neuroscience, which is his present home department.During this period he also served as Director of the Graduate Program in Cell and Developmental Biology and of the Bureau of Biological Research.He is presently a member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials. Dr. Denhardt graduated from Swarthmore College with High Honors in Chemistry (1960).His graduate degree was in Biophysics from the California Institute of Technology (1965).
His research interests currently focus on the systems physiology of OPN and TIMP-1 (tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1). Both in different ways stimulate tumor cell metastasis and he would like to know why. With respect to OPN, he would like to understand how it functions in such apparently diverse processes as bone remodeling and autoimmune disease.