Melanie Cobb received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Chicago and her PhD in biological chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in the laboratory of Garland Marshall. Following postdoctoral work with Ora Rosen at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, she joined the Department of Pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where she is currently a Professor and the holder of the Jane and Bill Browning, Jr Chair in Medical Science. Her interests are in cellular regulatory mechanisms.


Graduate School Washington University (1976)

Research Interest

  • cancer biology
  • protein kinase structure/function
  • regulation of nutrient responses
  • signal transduction mechanisms
  • vesicular trafficking


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Ras regulates kinesin 13 family members to control cell invasion pathways in cancer.
E. Zaganjor, J.K. Osborne, L. Weil, L.A. Diaz-Martinez, J.X. Gonzales, S.M. Singel, J.E. Larsen, L. Girard, J.D. Minna, M.H. Cobb Oncogene 2013 in press
Interactions with WNK (With No Lysine) Family Members Regulate Oxidative Stress Response 1 and Ion Co-transporter Activity.
Sengupta S, Tu SW, Wedin K, Earnest S, Stippec S, Luby-Phelps K, Cobb MH J. Biol. Chem. 2012 Nov 287 45 37868-79
Serum and glucocorticoid-induced kinase (SGK) 1 and the epithelial sodium channel are regulated by multiple with no lysine (WNK) family members.
Heise CJ, Xu BE, Deaton SL, Cha SK, Cheng CJ, Earnest S, Sengupta S, Juang YC, Stippec S, Xu Y, Zhao Y, Huang CL, Cobb MH J. Biol. Chem. 2010 Aug 285 33 25161-7
Regulation of CCAAT-enhancer binding protein homologous protein (CHOP) expression by interleukin 1 beta in pancreatic beta cells.
C. Shao, M.C. Lawrence and M.H. Cobb. J. Biol. Chem 2010 285 19710-19719