Rakesh K. Srivastava, PhD is a full Professor in the Department of Genetics, and Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center. Dr. Srivastava obtained his Master of Science in Biology and Doctorate in Endocrinology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Guelph, Canada in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health from 1994-1996. He was a fellow at the National Academy of Sciences from 1996-1999. He has received numerous awards and grants from the US Department of Defense, NIH and private foundations. Dr. Srivastava served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Kansas City VA Medical Center. His research interest include cell signaling, cancer cell metabolism, diabetes, microenvironment, drug development and delivery, mouse models, stem cells, alcoholism, heavy metal toxicity, and natural products. He has edited 5 books and published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Srivastava is currently funded through the National Institutes of Health (5R01AA024698) to understand how alcohol toxicity increases the risk of pancreatic cancer.