Michael Borland, Ph.D.


Michael Borland
Professor of Biochemistry, ASBMB Coordinator

Ph.D., Penn State University (2010), Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology (BMMB). Focus: Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis
B.S., Penn State University (2005), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB). Cum laude and Schreyer Honors Scholar

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Education Fellow, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
Society of Toxicology Undergraduate Education Subcommittee (2018 - 2021)


  • Distinguished Faculty Award (Research), BU College of Science and Technology (2018)
  • Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity (2015)
  • Outstanding Student Leadership Award, Society of Toxicology (2011)
  • Paper of the Year, Society of Toxicology Dermal Toxicology Specialty Section (2010)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2006 - 2009)


Introductory Chemistry (CHEM101)
Physiological Chemistry (CHEM108)
Chemistry for the Sciences 1 (CHEM115)
Introduction to Chemical Literature (CHEM281)
Biochemistry 1 (CHEM341)
Biochemistry 2 (CHEM442)

Research Interests

  • Skin cancer preventatives and chemotherapeutics
  • Molecular Toxicology of Nuclear Hormone Receptors
  • Transcriptional Regulation
  • Development of in vitro molecular toxicology models
  • Development of novel undergraduate laboratory experiences



  • Borland, M.G., Kehres, E.M., Lee, C., Wagner, A.L., Shannon, B.E., Albrecht, P.P. Zhu, B., Gonzalez, F.J., and Peters, J.M. Inhibition of tumorigenesis by a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-dependent cell cycle blocks in human skin carcinoma. Toxicology. (2018). 404-405: 25-32. PMICD: 29729928.
  • Borland, M.G., Yao, P., Kehres, E.M., Lee, C., Pritzlaff, A.M., Ola, E., Wagner, A.L., Shannon, B.E., Albrecht, P.P, Zhu, B., Kang, B., Robertson, G.P., Gonzalez, F.G., and Peters, J.M. PPARβ/δ and PPARγ inhibit melanoma tumorigenicity by modulating inflammation and apoptosis. Toxicological Sciences. (2017). 159(2): 436-448. PMICD: 28962521.
    This was an Editor’s Highlight Article for the October 2017 Issue.
  • Borland, M.G., Krishnan, P., Lee, C., Albrecht, P.P., Shan, W., Bility, M.T., Marcus, C.B., Lin, J.M., Amin, S., Gonzalez, F.J., Perdew, G.H., and Peters, J.M. Modulation of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) signaling pathways by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor β/δ (PPARβ/δ) in keratinocytes. Carcinogenesis. (2014). 35(7): 1602-12. PMICD: 24639079.
  • Borland, M.G. Introducing toxicology into the biochemistry curricula: using cytochrome c (Cytc) functionalities as a model. Journal of Toxicological Education. (2013). 1: 54-65. Invited submission for the journal’s first issue.
  • Trumbo, T.A., Schultz, E., Borland, M.G., and Pugh, M.E. Applied Spectrophotometry: Analysis of a Biochemical Mixture. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. (2013). 41(4): 242-250. PMICD: 23625877.

Grants (Last 5 Years):

  • BU Margin of Excellence (2018-2019), Role: co-PI
  • BU Margin of Excellence (2015 - 2016), Role: PI
  • BU Research & Scholarship Grant (2013 - 2014), Role: PI

Service Activities (2018-19)


  • Accreditation Exam Scorer, ASBMB
  • Editor, Journal of Toxicological Education

Bloomsburg University:

  • Research Coordinator, cDNA Resource Center, www.cdna.org
  • Pre-Professional Advisory Committee
  • URSCA Awards Committee


  • Coordinator, ASBMB Program Accreditation
  • Chair, Search & Screen Committee
  • Faculty Evaluation Committee
  • Curriculum Committee

Faculty Union (APSCUF):

  • Chair, Membership Committee

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Society of Toxicology