Inaugural Dr. Nicholas Bodor Distinguished Lectureship Series features renowned Japanese scientist
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy inaugurated the Dr. Nicholas Bodor Distinguished Lectureship Series in Gainesville April 5. The college’s first distinguished lectureship series honors Nicholas Bodor, Ph.D., D.Sc., an emeritus graduate research professor.
Yuichi Sugiyama, Ph.D., the head of RIKEN’s Sugiyama Laboratory in Japan, served as the first Bodor distinguished lecturer. Sugiyama has been a friend of the UF College of Pharmacy for many years and received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from UF in 2015. He is recognized as one of the world’s top pharmaceutical scientists and a world leader in pharmacokinetics and molecular biology study of membrane transporters, drug metabolism and pharmacology.
Bodor joined the UF College of Pharmacy in 1979 as a professor and chair of the department of medicinal chemistry. His research and academic contributions elevated the college’s national profile. In 1986, he established the Center for Drug Discovery, which remains active today under direction Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D. In 2007, Bodor and his wife, Sheryl, established the Nicholas Bodor Professorship in Drug Discovery, which is currently held by Chenglong Li, Ph.D., M.Sc.
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