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August 11, 2009

SIU Med School Names Physiology Chair

Dale Buchanan “Buck” Hales, Ph.D., Dale Buchanan Hales, Ph.D., portrait has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale as professor and chair of the physiology department and a member of the research team at the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU.

Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1989-2009) and Rush University Medical School in Chicago (2006-09).  He also was a research associate in pharmacy at University of Colorado (UC) in Boulder (1983-85) and a research fellow in the steroid research unit at the University of Michigan in Ann Harbor (1985-89).

Hales completed his doctoral degree in biochemistry, biophysics and genetics at the UC Health Sciences Center in Denver (1983).  He earned his bachelor’s at the UC in Boulder (1977).

His research interests include the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in hormonal carcinogenesis, with an emphasis on ovarian cancer, and immune-endocrine-environmental control of male reproductive function and regulation of mitochondrial steroidogenesis and steroidogenic enzyme gene expression.  He has received 15 research grants, primarily from the National Institutes of Health.

He has published more than 100 scientific publications, with more than 85 peer-reviewed journal articles.  Hales is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for the Study of Reproduction, Endocrine Society, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Physiological Society, Andrology Society of America and American Society for Reproductive Immunology.

A native of Denver, Hales is married to Karen Hales, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology at SIU and has one child.