Moore has been named interim dean of Auburn University's Harrison College of Pharmacy

Moore has been named interim dean of Auburn University’s Harrison College of Pharmacy

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Following internal research, Dr. Tim Moore, Professor Walker and Associate Dean for Research at Auburn University’s Harrison College of Pharmacy, has been named acting dean of the college, starting June 1.

An experienced administrator and eminent biomedical and pharmaceutical scholar, Moore has held various leadership roles in medical research and academia for more than two decades, including several senior positions at the National Institutes of Health. As interim principal, Moore will provide leadership to more than 650 professional and graduate students and 200 faculty and staff members across the college, which continues to be ranked in the top 25% of pharmacy colleges and schools nationwide.

“With his extensive leadership experience, outstanding academic record and collaborative approach, I am confident that Dr. Moore will continue to improve the college’s research, academic and clinical mission,” said acting Provost Vini Nathan. “I look forward to working with him as we strengthen the college’s role in developing innovative solution-based programs to address our society’s most critical healthcare challenges.”

With extensive experience in the development and implementation of research-based translational programs, Moore is a well-known expert in pulmonary physiology and pulmonary vascular health and disease. A former medical officer and chief of the lung disease and biology section of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Institutes of Health / National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, or NHLBI, Moore is credited with implementing the first national research program focused on the translation in pulmonary hypertension / pulmonary vascular disease. While at the NHLBI, Moore was also director of the NHLBI Science Moving Towards Research Translation and Therapy, or SMARTT, program and was director of the vascular / lung cell biology program.

Graduating from Auburn in 1991, Moore earned a doctorate in biomedical sciences and medicine from the University of South Alabama. After the doctorate working in pharmacology and physiology, Moore completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Maryland, Mercy Medical Center, and subsequently worked as a clinical resident in anesthesiology and critical care at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where he also conducted vascular research .

Although his experience in Auburn has provided him with a strong sense of the college’s strengths and opportunities, Moore intends to tackle the role of acting principal by placing an emphasis on continued momentum and preparing the college to attract the best candidates for the principal.

“Harrison College of Pharmacy is a special place with great students and an outstanding faculty and staff with a long history of training the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists,” said Moore. “I am honored to have the responsibility of leading the college through this transition period and look forward to working with my peers and colleagues as we continue that tradition of innovative and exciting work.”

Moore joined Harrison College of Pharmacy in 2016 as the department head of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Under his leadership, Moore oversaw the opening of the university’s first pharmacy research building and spearheaded the department’s growth in research funding, student retention and faculty recruitment.

After three years as department head, Moore transitioned to the role of associate dean in 2019, where he continued to strengthen the college’s external funding and strategic research activities. Guided by its collaborative leadership approach, the college added the Center for Neuroscience Initiative; Center for Pharmacogenomics and Unicellular Omics Initiative; Center for Opioid Research, Education and Dissemination; Cancer Research Center; and the Auburn-VCOM Institute for Clinical Research.

The university will start looking for a permanent dean in the coming months.


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