John K. Cusick, PhD

Professor of Immunology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry
Course Director: Foundations of Clinical Medicine

Office: (916) 686-7300

John K. Cusick, PhD


  • Ph.D. University of Colorado School of Medicine Ph.D. Program
  • B.A. Biochemistry, University of California at Berkeley


Dr. John Cusick received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Berkeley and was awarded his doctoral degree from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine Ph.D. program. He has conducted post-doctoral research fellowships in the Department of Microbiology at Colorado State University and in the Department of Immunology at National Jewish Health, Denver. Prior to his current position, Dr. Cusick previously served as a faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and as a founding faculty member for the medical schools at California University of Science and Medicine, and California Northstate University.

Research Interests

  • Tumor necrosis factor receptors
  • Signal transduction pathways
  • Apoptosis and other cell death pathways