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World-Renowned Researcher Dr. John Pezzuto Appointed Dean of LIU Pharmacy

Recipient of the top research award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2014


Communications & Marketing, LIU,

John PezzutoLIU Pharmacy (Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top pharmacy schools, announced today that leading pharmaceutical educator and researcher Dr. John Pezzuto has been named dean of the LIU Pharmacy. His position will be effective on Jan. 1, 2015.

The recipient of the Volwiler Research Award by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy this year, his current research interests are predominantly in the areas of biology-driven natural product drug discovery and characterization, with primary emphasis in the fields of cancer chemotherapy and cancer chemoprevention. He is widely known for identifying the cancer-prevention aspects of resveratrol, a chemical found in grapes and grape products.

Dr. Pezzuto has directed the research of numerous doctoral students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars, and is the recipient of various awards, including being elected Senior University Scholar at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1999, UIC Inventor of the Year in 2000, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.

He served as dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Purdue University in Indiana, ranked as one of the top 10 pharmacy schools, prior to his current position as the founding dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where he has been working since 2006. Under his leadership, he started the college of pharmacy there and assembled a staff of world-renowned faculty, who built the school into what is now a highly ranked college. Dr. Pezzuto has served as an administrator and researcher in academic pharmacy for more than 30 years.

“The LIU community is honored to welcome Dr. Pezzuto to our university,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “A top leader in pharmaceutical education, he brings with him a great understanding of the industry and a passion for research. I am confident Dr. Pezzuto will bring LIU Pharmacy to even higher levels of achievement and provide our students with an excellent education.”

“It is a great honor to join LIU as the next dean of the pharmacy school,” said Dr. Pezzuto. “Being so deeply steeped in history and tradition, this college generates pride and vast opportunity. I have been impressed by the strength of the faculty, the excellence of the students, and the commitment of the administration. I am confident that my experience and background are perfectly suited for helping the College reach the next level of preeminence and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to make this a reality.”

He follows Stephen Gross, Ph.D., dean of LIU Pharmacy, who has passionately and diligently served the university for more than three decades, ensuring that the school kept pace with the needs and demands of a dynamic and ever-changing health care industry.

Dr. Pezzuto is the author of more than 500 publications, co-inventor of several patents, the editor of four books, and a member of 11 editorial boards of international journals. He has also served as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening, and is the current editor-in-chief of Pharmaceutical Biology.


LIU Pharmacy

LIU Pharmacy (The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top pharmacy schools in the nation, is the oldest unit of LIU and was established in 1886 as the “Brooklyn College of Pharmacy” by the Kings County Pharmaceutical Society. In 1928, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy affiliated with LIU, one of the largest independent universities in the United States. Located, since 1976, at LIU Brooklyn, LIU Pharmacy has completed more than 125 years of service to the state and the nation in the education of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, many of who have attained prominence in pharmacy and the other health professions. For more information, visit:

Posted 07/07/2014

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