Nejat Duzgunes, PhD

Nejat Duzgunes received his PhD from SUNY Buffalo. He was a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSF, where he became an adjunct research faculty. He became Chair of the Department of Microbiology (1990) and Professor at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco (1995). His current research interests are the gene therapy of oral cancer and mechanisms and inhibitors of HIV.


Adjunct Professor


Phone: (415) 482-1973 ext. 2

Academic Area


Educational Backround

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching interests: Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Membrane Biophysics

Research Interests: Gene therapy of oral cancer; Mechanisms of HIV membrane fusion; Targeted therapy of HIV; DNA microarray analysis of bacterial infection of host cells.

Professional Organizations

Selected Publications

  • K. Konopka, B. Fallah, J. Monzon-Duller, N. Overlid, A. Lim and N. Düzgünes (2005) Serum-resistant gene transfer to oral cancer cells by Metafectene and GeneJammer: Application to HSV-tk/ganciclovir-mediated cytotoxicity. Cell. Mol. Biol Lett. 10:455-470.
  • S. Simões, A. Filipe, H. Faneca, M. Mano, N. Penacho, N. Düzgünes and M.C. Pedroso de Lima (2005) Cationic liposomes for gene delivery. Expert Opin. Drug Deliv 2:237-254.
  • K. Konduri, S. Nandedkar, D. A. Rickaby, N. Düzgünes and P. R. J. Gangadharam (2005) The use of sterically stabilized liposomes to treat asthma. Methods Enzymol. 391:413-427.
  • N. Düzgünes, S. Simões, V. Slepushkin, E. Pretzer, D. Flasher, I. I. Salem, G. Steffan, K. Konopka and M. C. Pedroso de Lima (2005) Delivery of antiviral agents in liposomes. Methods Enzymol. 391:351-373.
  • I.I. Salem, D. L. Flasher and N. Düzgünes (2005) Liposome-encapsulated antibiotics. Methods Enzymol. 391:261-291.