July 28, 2021
Craig Lee, Pharm.D, Ph.D., has been promoted to full professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET), effective July 1.
“I am very honored to receive this recognition from the School and University, which would not be possible without the tremendous support I have received from my family and so many wonderful mentors, collaborators, students, fellows, and staff,” Lee said. “I am eager to advance our research that focuses on developing and evaluating more precise medication selection and dosing strategies that improve patient health, and to help train the next generation of leaders in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.”
In addition to his professorship, Lee serves as the vice chair for research and graduate education within DPET, and as director of the School’s Research and Scholarship in Pharmacy (RASP) pathway for Pharm.D. students. He is also actively engaged as a teacher and mentor in the School’s professional, graduate and fellowship programs.
Lee is a licensed pharmacist in North Carolina and is trained as a clinical/translational pharmaceutical scientist with expertise in cytochrome P450 metabolism, cardiovascular therapeutics, and precision medicine/pharmacogenomics.
Since joining the School as a faculty member in 2006, Lee has established a highly collaborative and translational research program that integrates mechanistically-driven rodent and cell-based preclinical models with observational and interventional clinical studies. He has been awarded $5M in funding from the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association as Principal Investigator; authored more than 90 manuscripts and 90 abstracts in the areas of eicosanoid and drug metabolism, pharmacogenomics, and experimental therapeutics; and has served as the major research advisor for 38 post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and professional/undergraduate students. Since its launch in 2016, 149 Pharm.D. students have completed or are currently enrolled in the RASP pathway through collaboration with 65 distinct faculty mentors.
Lee is also an active member of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute and UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Healthcare, and has an adjunct faculty appointment in the UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Cardiology. Lee earned his Pharm.D. (’00) and Ph.D. (’06) from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and is an alumnus of the DPET/GlaxoSmithKline Clinical Research and Drug Development fellowship program (’02).