The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) receives support for three endowed chairs at the School of Pharmacy.
The Isaac E. Emerson Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Isaac E. Emerson Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences was endowed in 1927 as a chair in biological testing and assay by Captain Isaac Emerson, president of the Emerson Drug Company. The first chair was filled by Marvin Thompson, PhG, BS, a pharmacologist at the Food and Drug Administration, in 1930. Subsequent faculty who have held this chair can be found here. In 2018, Angela Wilks, PhD, professor in PSC, was appointed as the seventh Isaac E. Emerson Chair. Dr. Wilks has been on faculty at the School since 1999, and has made significant contributions in research, teaching, and service. She was a past recipient of the Maryland Chemist of the Year award and currently serves as the program chair of the Chemical and Biological Discovery Program in the PSC.
The Evelyn Grollman-Glick Professorship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Evelyn Grollman-Glick Professorship in the Pharmaceutical Sciences was established in April 2003 through the bequest of the late Evelyn Grollman. In 1983, Evelyn Grollman established a lecture fund in honor of her brother, Ellis Grollman, a 1926 graduate of the School. In March 2008, Alexander D. MacKerell, Jr., PhD, professor in PSC, was appointed as the first Grollman-Glick Professor. Dr. MacKerell has an outstanding track record of exemplary research accomplishments and is an internationally recognized scholar on theoretical approaches to understanding complex biological systems. His leadership and vision led to the establishment of the Computer-Aided Drug Design Center, and his collaborations have led to numerous new experimental therapeutic candidates.
The Ralph Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics
The Ralph Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics was established in June 1995 by Colorcon and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in honor of the retirement of Ralph Shangraw. The endowment is used to support a professorship in pharmaceutical sciences. James E. Polli, PhD, professor in PSC, was appointed in November 2008 as the first holder of Ralph F. Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair. Dr. Polli has been on faculty at the School since 1993, and has made invaluable contributions to the School n his previous positions as vice chair for academic affairs and graduate program director in PSC. Dr. Polli is the principal investigator for the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI) and the director of the online Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science programs.