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Cecil K. Joseph

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

B.S. (Biochemistry), University of Toronto, CanadaPh.D. (Biochemistry), CUNY


Dr. Joseph received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto in Canada, his Ph.D. from City University of New York (CUNY) and conducted two years of post-doctoral research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. His doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on the mechanisms by which oncogenes, lipids, and cytokines transduce signals from the cell membrane to the nucleus of cells. He has authored and co-authored many manuscripts on those topics, presented his research at numerous scientific meetings, and contributed a chapter in the textbook entitled, “Endotoxins in Health and Disease." He has also collaborated with investigators at Columbia University Medical Center to study the role of cytokines in ethnic neutropenia in African-American and Afro-Caribbean communities. His current research interest involves the molecular targets of plant bioflavonoids, especially their effects on prostate cancer and melanoma cells in culture. He has been a faculty member at the Arnold & Marie Schwarz College of Pharmacy for the past eighteen years. In 2001 and 2008, Dr. Joseph was selected by the students to receive the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, a distinction held by only three other faculty members.


Medicinal Chemistry
Nutritional Supplements


Patel N, Joseph C, Corcoran GB and Ray SD. Silymarin modulates doxorubicin-induced oxidative stress, BCL-XL and p53 expression while preventing apoptotic and necrotic cell death in the liver. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2010 Feb 5 [Epub ahead of print]

Grann, V.R., Ziv, E., Joseph C.K., Neugut, A.I., Wei, Y., Jacobson, J.S., Horwitz, M.S., Bowman, N., Beckmann, K. and Hershman, D.L. (2008). Duffy (Fy), DARC, and neutropenia among women from the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Br J Hematol. 143(2):288 - 293

Grann, V.R., Bowman, N., Joseph, C., Wei, Y., Horwitz, M.S., Jacobson, J.S., Santella, R.P. and Hershman, D.L. (2008). Neutropenia in 6 ethnic groups from the Caribbean and the U.S. Cancer 113: 54 – 60.

Lectures and Presentations

Lecturer, “Nutritional Supplements and Drug Interactions,” CE program sponsored by PSSNY, presented at La Guardia Hotel, NY (2011)
Lecturer, “Nutritional Supplements and Drug Interactions,” CE program sponsored by AMS College of Pharmacy, presented at La Guardia Marriott Hotel, NY (2012)


Recipient, Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching 2001 and 2008