Linda Connelly

Linda Connelly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Linda Connelly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow, where she graduated at the top of the class and was awarded the Davidson Prize for Biochemistry. Her undergraduate program included work placement experience at Merck, Sharp and Dohme's Neuroscience Research Center in Harlow, UK. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology at the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research at University College London, UK. Following completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Connelly was awarded an International Travelling Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust which she completed at the University of California Los Angeles and University College London, UK. Dr. Connelly completed further Post-Doctoral training in the Department of Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and was later promoted to Research Instructor. In June 2009 Dr. Connelly joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UH Hilo and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. In October 2016 Dr. Connelly was elected to serve as the Department Chair for Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Contact information

Office: Interim Facility C (COP-C), Room 104
Office Phone: (808) 932-7146
Email: lindacon@hawaii.edu

Education

  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Work Placement - University of Glasgow, UK
  • Ph.D. Molecular Pharmacology - University College London, UK

Honors

  • Student Choice Award for Teaching Pharmaceutical Sciences, Elected by Class of 2020 (2017)
  • Student Choice Award for Teaching Pharmaceutical Sciences (previously Excellence in Teaching Award), Elected by Class of 2019 (2016)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Elected by Class of 2018 (2015)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Elected by Class of 2017 (2014)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Elected by Class of 2015 (2012)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Elected by Class of 2013 (2010)
  • AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award (2010)

Grants

  • UHH Seed Grant

Recent publications

  • Weichhaus, M., Segaran, P., Renaud A., Geerts, D., Connelly, L. (2014) Osteoprotegerin expression in triple negative breast cancer cells promotes metastasis. Cancer Medicine Oct;3(5):1112-25
    PMID:24976340
    PMCID:PMC4302663
  • Weichhaus M., Chung ST. and Connelly L. (2015) Osteoprotegerin in breast cancer: beyond bone remodeling. Molecular Cancer 14:117
    PMID:26054853
    PMCID:PMC4460694
  • Chung, ST., Geerts, D., Roseman, K., Renaud, A., Connelly, L. (2017) Osteoprotegerin mediates tumor-promoting effects of Interleukin-1beta in breast cancer cells. Molecular Cancer, 16(1):27
    PMID:28143606
    PMCID:PMC5286681

Courses currently teaching