Northeastern University College of Pharmacy, BS 1983
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Enfield, Connecticut.
How did you decide to come into the Pharmacy program at Northeastern?
The programs at other colleges did not offer co-op.
What is your full educational background?
I have a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry/pharmaceutical sciences from the University of California-San Francisco.
What have you done since your time at the College of Pharmacy?
After NU, I obtained doctoral (PhD) training and following that, I did postdoctoral training in neuropharmacology/neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. I am currently a tenured Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and in the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at University of Florida. Prior to the University of Florida, I was a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. My primary focus regarding teaching and research is discovery and development of drugs to treat neuropsychiatric disorders.
What was your Northeastern experience like?
Fast-paced! In 1978-1983, NU was on the 12-week quarter semester system which means final exams or co-op every 12 weeks. There was no time for slacking or even to get sick. It was challenging and required hard work and focus. Boston was a very dangerous place back then, and the NU campus was a safety zone where smart hard-working people could thrive academically as well as socially.
What do you like the most about Northeastern and/or the pharmacy program?
Co-op and all the opportunities for learning that it provides.
Where did you complete your co-ops and how beneficial were they?
All my co-ops were done at Boston Children’s Hospital. It was an incomparably beneficial experience.
How have you been able to maintain a connection to the current pharmacy program at Northeastern?
I stay connected via the Alumni Association and faculty. My classmate connections have faded since then.
What would you say to a student who is considering attending the pharmacy program at the School of Pharmacy?
Be focused and serious and work hard. It is very important to approach classes and co-op in the most professional manner possible. The co-op experience probably is even more valuable than the classroom experience. That being said, poor classroom performance will lead to sub-optimal co-op opportunities.
What is your fondest memory of your time at Northeastern?
Never being bored. There was essentially no down-time. This can be overwhelming for some students, but I thrived in that environment.
What professor or class made the biggest impact on you? Why?
The integrated physiology/pharmacology/medicinal chemistry coursework taught by Dr. Boisse, Dr. Deth, and Dr. Hanson had the biggest longest-lasting impact on me.
How has Northeastern changed throughout the years?
Physically bigger with improved facilities that look attractive, and there is a sense among faculty and administration that improvements will continue.
Favorite Hang-Out Spot:
Landsdowne Street at Fenway Park.
A Few Words of Advice:
Your time at NU will go by fast—you have to be on the ball to get out of NU all that it has to offer, which is substantial and long-lasting.