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Mobile, Ala. (October 25, 2010)
Contact: Ashley Givens, (251) 471-1682
Dr. Mark Gillespie Receives Alumni Award
From University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Dr. Mark Gillespie
Dr. Mark Gillespie

Dr. Mark Gillespie, professor and chair of pharmacology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received the Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award for the University of Kentucky PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Gillespie was honored at the Symposium on Drug Discovery and Development at the University of Kentucky in Lexington on Oct. 15, 2010.

"Dr. Gillespie recently completed 15 years as departmental chair during which he has contributed greatly to the educational and research missions of the college of medicine,” said Dr. Samuel J. Strada, dean of the USA College of Medicine. “He played an important role in the development of the USA Center for Lung Biology and has been a major contributor to the center’s success in bridging the basic sciences and clinical medicine.”

“Dr. Gillespie is also a very popular teacher with medical students and graduate students in basic medical sciences,” Dr. Strada said. “We are extremely pleased for him to have received this significant recognition from his alma mater."

Dr. Gillespie has served as a USA faculty member since 1995. He received his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Kentucky under the direction of Dr. Louis Diamond and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Research Lab in Denver.

Dr. Gillespie’s major research interests include lung vascular cell biology and pathology, signal transduction pathways in regional vascular disease, and novel pharmacotherapeutic approaches in respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

He has garnered extramural funding through the National Institutes of Health and currently is the principal investigator on three NIH-supported grants with total funding of more than $3 million. In addition, he is the author of numerous scientific publications and serves as reviewer for many scientific journals.

Dr. Gillespie has served as a member or chairperson of numerous grant review committees for the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. Currently, he is the chair of the Pulmonary Circulation Assembly of the American Society.

Established in 2006, the Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award honors graduates of the program in recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to scholarship, education and research in the pharmaceutical sciences.

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