Joyce Horton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology and Chemistry

(317) 955-6012
Marian Hall, room 201b

joyce horton


Joyce Horton, Ph.D. received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Wayne State University in the School of Medicine and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in the Department of Physiology. She taught in the medical schools while earning her degrees and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Madonna University where she taught Introduction to Life Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Horton enjoys advising students and helping to plan their time at Marian to prepare them for their continued success once leaving Marian University. Dr. Horton is the co-advisor for Sigma Zeta, a National Science and Math Honor Society. A very active group on campus that brings speakers to campus, gives students an opportunity to travel to the national meeting and present their research and give opportunities for community service. When she is not teaching Dr. Horton enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her children compete in their sports, attending Indy Car races and being outside hiking, biking and enjoying nature.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Physiology Department in School of Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, Wayne State University, 1992
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan, 1986

Professional affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physiology Society
  • Sigma Zeta – National Science and Math Honor Society


  • BIO 226 General Human Physiology
  • BIO 334 Human Medical Physiology
  • BIO 491 Biology Capstone
  • CHE 100 Elements of General and Biological Chemistry


VanderKuur, JA. 1992. Influence of Estrogen Structure on Nuclear Binding and Gene Induction by the Receptor Complex. Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Biochemistry, Wayne State University.

Davis MD, VanderKuur JA, Brooks SC. 1999. Ligand structure influences autologous downregulation of estrogen receptor-alpha messenger RNA.
Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jul-Aug; 70(1-3):27-37.

VanderKuur, J. A., E. R. Butch, S. B. Waters, J. E. Pessin, K.-L. Guan and C. Carter-Su. 1997. Signaling molecules involved in coupling growth hormone receptor to MAP kinase activation. Endocrinology 138:4301-4307

Smit, L. S., J. A. VanderKuur, A. Stimage, Y. Han, G. Luo, L.-Y. Yu-Lee, J. Schwartz and C. Carter-Su. 1997. Growth hormone-induced tyrosyl phosphorylation and deoxyribonucleic acid binding activity of Stat5A and Stat5B. Endocrinology 138:3426-3434

Carter-Su C, King AP, Argetsinger LS, Smit LS, Vanderkuur J, Campbell GS. 1996.  Signalling pathway of GH. Endocrine Journal Oct; 43 Suppl: S65-70. Review.

Dabrowski, A., J. A. VanderKuur, C. Carter-Su and J. A. Williams. 1996. Cholecystokinin stimulates formation of the Shc-Grb2 complex in rat pancreatic acinar cells through a protein kinase C-dependent mechanism. Journal of Biological Chemistry 271:27125-27129

VanderKuur, J. G. Allevato, N. Billestrup, G. Norstedt and C. Carter-Su. 1995. Growth hormone-promoted tyrosyl phosphorylation of Shc proteins and Shc association with Grb2. Journal of Biological Chemistry 270:7587-7593

VanderKuur, J., X. Wang, L. Zhang, G. Allevato, N. Billestrup, G. Norstedt and C. Carter-Su. 1995. Growth hormone-dependent phosphorylation of tyrosine 333 and/or 338 of the growth hormone receptor. Journal of Biological Chemistry 270:21738-21744

VanderKuur, J., X. Wang, L. Zhang, G. S. Campbell, G. Allevato, N. Billestrup, G. Norstedt and C. Carter-Su. 1994. Domains of the growth hormone receptor required for JAK2 tyrosine kinase association and activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry 269:21709-21717

VanderKuur JA, Brooks SC. 1994. Effect of A-ring isomers of estradiol-17 beta on gene products in MCF-7 cells. Steroids. Sep;59(9):548-54.

VanderKuur JA, Wiese T, Brooks SC. 1993. Influence of estrogen structure on nuclear binding and progesterone receptor induction by the receptor complex. Biochemistry. Jul 13;32(27):7002-8.

VanderKuur JA, Hafner MS, Christman JK, Brooks SC. 1993. Effects of estradiol-17 beta analogues on activation of estrogen response element regulated chloramphenicol acetyltransferase expression. Biochemistry. Jul 13;32(27):7016-21.

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