Dennis J. Pillion, PhD


Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Contact Information:

Office Address: VH L108E
Phone: 205-934-4570
Websites: Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology Faculty Page
School of Medicine Faculty Profile


University of Hartford, West Hartfort, CT
BA, Biology and Chemistry, 1972

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
PhD, Cell and Molecular Biology, 1976

Post-Graduate Training:

Brown University, Providence, RI
Postdoctoral Fellow, Insulin action, 1979

Research Description:

I have been interested in various aspects of diabetes research for the past 25 years. My laboratory has investigated insulin binding and action in isolated tissues and cells. Currently, I am studying the possibility of delivering insulin and other peptide drugs at therapeutic levels using ocular, nasal or oral formulations containing novel absorption-enhancing agents. A patent has been issued on this work and a license has been signed with a biotech firm to bring this product to market. In addition to this primary line of research, I have participated in diabetes education programs in urban and rural settings where health care delivery to persons with diabetes mellitus was lacking. I serve on several public service committees dedicated to diabetes advocacy and I play a leadership role in diabetes education and advocacy in the State of Alabama and nationally.


DRC Membership Category:

Senior Scientist