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Sandra and Monroe Trout Chair in Pharmacy;
Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences;
Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, University of California at San Diego
Dr. Palmer Taylor is the Founding Dean of University of California San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is also Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and he holds the Sandra and Monroe Trout Chair in Pharmacology. He was Chair of the UCSD Department of Pharmacology since its inception in 1987 and up to his appointment as Founding Dean of the pharmacy school. The Department of Pharmacology is ranked first in the nation among public institutions in research dollars generated, second among all departments in citations per publication, and third in the National Research Council ranking of graduate programs in pharmacology.
After completing a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy, Dr. Taylor received his doctoral degree in 1964 from the University of Wisconsin. He held a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health from 1968-70, followed by an NIH continuation fellowship that allowed him to work with the prestigious Max Planck Institut fur Physikalsche Chemie in Gottingen, Germany.
Nationally recognized as a leader in pharmacology research, Dr. Taylor is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and former president of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He has been a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and a Congressional Task Force on Environmental Health Sciences, and he served as a delegate to the International Union of Pharmacology and the Council of Academic Societies of the American Association on Medical Colleges.
His research interests include the structure and function of receptors and enzymes involved in neurotransmission. His lab studies functional coupling of receptors to cellular responses, specificity of ligand recognition by acetylcholine receptors and acetylcholinesterase, and the structures of cholinesterases and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. A second area of investigation involves the regulation of expression of the genes encoding these proteins during differentiation and synaptogenesis in neurons, skeletal muscle, and hematopoietic cells.
More than any other faculty member, Dr. Taylor was instrumental in establishing the new pharmacy school at UCSD, which is only the second public school of pharmacy in the state and the first in Southern California.
Clifford C. Snyder, M.D. and Mary Snyder Lecturer
Page updated: Thu, 2011-04-14