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Daniel Alexander
October 12, 2022

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Daniel Gonzalez, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2023 Leon I. Goldberg Early Investigator Award. Established in 1986, the annual award honors young scientists for accomplishments in the field of clinical pharmacology early in their career.

Nominees are academic, industrial, or regulatory scientists who have made a substantial contribution to clinical pharmacology within 10 years of the completion of an advanced degree and/or a post-doctoral fellowship or residency program. The award will be presented at the ASCPT Annual Meeting where Gonzalez will present a lecture summarizing the work that forms the basis of the award.

“I am honored to receive the Leon I. Goldberg Early Investigator Award,” said Gonzalez. “I am proud of our work on optimizing pediatric therapeutics’ use and grateful to the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics for this recognition.”

Gonzalez is an associate professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He holds an adjunct appointment within the Department of Pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine. Gonzalez joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2014 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship through the UNC-Duke Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology T32 Postdoctoral Training Program. Gonzalez received his Pharm.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He is a licensed pharmacist in North Carolina and Florida.

Gonzalez’s experiences have afforded a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research program focused on advancing pediatric public health by promoting the safe, effective, and individualized use of drugs in children. His research interests include pediatric clinical pharmacology and the application of mathematical modeling and simulation techniques to characterize the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, guide drug dosage selection, and improve drug safety in children.

Gonzalez’s research program is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and he has published more than 65 peer-reviewed publications and more than 35 abstracts. He has served as the major advisor for four Ph.D. students, nine postdoctoral fellows, and one professional degree student.
Past UNC winners of this award include Dean Angela Kashuba and Federico Innocenti.

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