Published March 1, 2017
The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has named SUNY Distinguished Professor Marilyn E. Morris as chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Morris has been interim chair since early 2016 and assumed the position of chair as of March 1, 2017.
“We are lucky to have such a wonderful scientist and colleague, and a dedicated mentor to our students. I congratulate her on this advancement,” says James M. O’Donnell, dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
A UB faculty member since 1985, Morris is one of the world’s preeminent scholars in the areas of drug membrane transport, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. She is widely recognized for her groundbreaking discoveries regarding the role of dietary flavonoids in drug interaction and drug resistance—research with enormous implications for patient care and drug therapy, particularly in the treatment of cancer.
Morris is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Research Achievement Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism, Francis Dudley Meyer Award for Breast Cancer Research from the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists’ Innovation in Biotechnology Award, and the 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award from the University of Manitoba.
Morris is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, for which she is also past president. She is a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Panel for Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and was elected a member of the executive committee of the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
Morris received her PhD in pharmaceutics from UB in 1984 for her work on the pharmacokinetics of sulfate conjugation and inorganic sulfate with SUNY Distinguished Professor Gerhard Levy. After completion of the doctoral degree, Morris became a Medical Research Council fellow (1984- 85) at the University of Toronto, where she worked on drug metabolism in isolated perfused organ systems with K. Sandy Pang, PhD.