UF Alumni Association recognizes Dr. Jason Karnes with Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Dean Julie Johnson presents the UF Outstanding Young Alumni Award to Dr. Jason Karnes.

Jason Karnes, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS, a dual degree graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, was presented an Outstanding Young Alumni Award by the UF Alumni Association during a ceremony on April 7.

Karnes graduated from UF with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008 and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012. He served as a research fellow in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine from 2012-15, and is in his second year as an assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Arizona. His primary area of research interest is cardiovascular pharmacogenomics, specifically investigating the utility of genetic polymorphisms to predict toxicities of cardiovascular drugs. Karnes has received an American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant and an American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Institute’s Future Award to support his work.

Nominated by Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S., an associate professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research and associate director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics, Karnes was recognized with the UF Outstanding Young Alumni Award for his exceptional commitment to his community and profession at a young age.

“Dr. Karnes has displayed impressive scientific productivity early in his career by publishing five first-author publications on original research related to his graduate work at UF,” Cooper-DeHoff said. “In addition, he has significantly improved the body of literature related to the pharmacogenomics of thiazide-induced diabetes.”

The UF Alumni Association established the Outstanding Young Alumni Awards in 2006 to recognize alumni who have graduated within the past ten years whose achievements positively reflect the Gator Nation. Recipients are selected annually by their college and honored during the UF Alumni Association’s Orange & Blue weekend festivities.