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Dr. Penni Black is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of the Professional Program. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and PhD from the University of Florida. Dr. Black completed postdoctoral training in cancer biology and computational biology at Duke University. Her research interests lie understanding the signaling pathways responsible for resistance to targeted therapeutics in lung cancer in order to improve the personalization of cancer therapies. Our lab also utilizes patient outcomes data to anticipate response to therapies that target the immune response in lung cancer. Dr. Black teaches in both the professional and graduate curriculum, providing content in cell biology /signaling and oncology.



  • Pharmacogenetics / genomics
  • Cancer biology 
  • Lung cancer
  • Active learning and flipped classroom experiences


Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Director of Professional Studies

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.