John B. Watkins, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Jordan Hall 105
1001 E. 3rd St.

Bloomington, IN 47405

Titles & Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Education
    1979 PhD University of Wisconsin
    1977 MS University of Wisconsin
    1975 BA Wake Forest University
  • Research


    Ongoing research is helping expand our comprehension of the complex control of oxidative stress. Our work has examined the effect of diabetes on drug metabolism, hepatobiliary function, and drug pharmacokinetics.  Several specific interests include determining the role of antioxidants, red-light phototherapy, or low carbohydrate diets on oxidative stress in health and disease. A second area of active investigation involves study of the effects of oxidative stress on diabetes-induced complications. The early mechanisms of beneficial effects of red-light phototherapy are unclear, and we actively examining various possibilities.


  • Publications
    Dichloroacetate alters Warburg metabolism, inhibits cell growth, and increases the X-ray sensitivity of human A549 and H1299 NSC lung cancer cells.
    Allen KT; Chin-Sinex H; DeLuca T; Pomerening JR; Sherer J; Watkins JB 3rd; Foley J; Jesseph JM; Mendonca MS; Free radical biology & medicine 2015 Sep 21
  • Professional Organizations
    American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
    Society of Toxicology

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