Medical School

Basic and Translational Research Division

Department of Surgery

Ashok K. Saluja, Ph.D.

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Academic Title

Eugene C. and Gail V. Sit Chair in Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Cancer Research
Vice Chair of Research
Department of Surgery


1973 B.Sc. (Hons) Punjab Agricultural University; Punjab, India
1975 M. Sc. (Hons) Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab, India
1980 Ph.D. Washington State University (Biochemistry); WA
Other Education
Postdoctoral Training:  1980 Research Fellow, Biochemistry, Washington State University;  1981-1982 Research Associate, Biochemistry, Cornell University

Contact Info




Administrative Contact

Jennie Walker
Location: 11-214 Moos
Phone: 612-624-4581

Office Address

Department of Surgery
Basic & Translational Research
420 Delaware Street SE
Mayo Mail Code 195
Minneapolis, MN  55455

Bio Statement

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Physiology and Cell Biology of Pancreas: Stimulus-Secretion Coupling (intracellular signal transduction).

Etiology and Pathophysiology of Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis in Animal Models.

Mechanisms of premature intra-acinar cell activation of digestive enzyme zymogens.

Alterations of intracellular calcium homeostasis in pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

Role of Inflammatory agents in determining the severity of pancreatitis.

Relationship between pancreatitis and lung injury.

Role of Protease Activated Receptors (PARs) in pancreatitis.

Heat shock proteins and their role in pancreatitis: How do HSPs prevent pancreatitis?

Pathophysiology of alcohol-induced pancreatic injury.

Role of heat shock proteins in pancreatic cancer.

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