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Janice M. Kerr, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kerr joined the faculty of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in July 2006. She received a B.S. degree in Chemistry at the California Polytechnic State Institute in 1987. Following several adventurous years in biotechnology research, she obtained her M.D. degree at the University of California , Irvine in 1997. She then completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine, at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, followed by a fellowship training in Endocrinology. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.

Dr. Kerr serves as the co-director of the Pituitary Program at the University of Colorado, Denver, where she works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide comprehensive care to patients with pituitary disorders. Her basic science research interests are in the areas of pituitary tumor pathogenesis and thyroid stimulating hormone beta subunit (TSH-beta) gene regulation. Her clinical research interests include novel therapeutics for patients with Cushing's Disease and Acromegaly.

Dr. Kerr is an integraul member of the Thryoid Cancer Tumor Program, working in a multi-disciplinary group of physicians, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists and radiation oncologist. Dr Kerr has special expertise in papillary and medullary thyroid cancers. Specific areas of interest include nuclear hormone receptors (RXR, TR, PPAR) and kinase signaling pathways as therapeutic targets in thyroid cancer molecular markers in thyroid neoplasms. 

Selected Publications 

  • Kerr J, Wood W and Ridgway EC. Basic science and clinical research advances in the pituitary transcription factors: Pit-1 and Prop-1. Current Opinions in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, 15(4): 359-363, 2008. PUBMED
  • Woodmansee WW, Kerr JM, Tucker EA, Mitchell JR, Haakinson DJ, Gordon DF, Ridgway EC and Wood WM. The proliferative status of thyrotrope cells is dependent on modulation of specific cell cycle regulators by thyroid hormone. Endocrinology, 147(1):272-82, 2006. PUBMED
  • Kerr JM, Gordon DF, Woodmansee WW, Sarapura VD, Ridgway EC, and Wood WM. Growth arrest of thyrotropic tumors by thyroid hormone is correlated with novel changes in Wnt-10A. Mol Cell Endo, 238:57-67, 2005. PUBMED
  • Kerr JM and Haugen BR. Thyroid and Parathyroid Cancer. In Hemology & Oncology Secrets, 3 rd edition. Wood, M, ed. Hankey & Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia , pg 58-64, 2003.
  • Almarrson O, Bruice TC, Kerr J, and Zuckermann, RN. Molecular Mechanics and Calculations of the Structure of Polyamide Nucleic Acid DNA Duplexes and Triple Helical Hybrids. Proc Natl Acad Sci, USA , 90: 7518-7522, 1993. 6. Kerr JM, Banville SC, and Zuckermann, RN. Encoded Combinatorial Libraries Containing Non-Natural Amino Acids. J Am Chem Soc, 115: 2529-2531, 1993. PUBMED


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Reasearch Interests

  • Pituitary Diseases​