Robert (”Bob”) Schatz
Associate Professor of Toxicology
MS at Northeastern in Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1968
Where did you grow up?
What do you teach at the School of Pharmacy?
Toxicology, but I’m retiring this year. I was also the Director of the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences from 1988-2010.
What is your educational background?
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, BS in Pharmacy, 1961-66
Northeastern University College of Pharmacy, Master of Science, 1968
University of Rhode Island for Pharmacology and Toxicology, PhD, 1971
Why did you come to Northeastern?
For my masters degree. Northeastern had just started a masters program so I came here. And in those days the masters program was a day program with co-op. Also, I came back for family. My parents were in Massachusetts and now my children live in Maine.
Where did you have your co-ops, and how beneficial were they?
I ended up working at the Army Lab in Natick. My boss there had been my advisor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. My co-op experience was what made me go get my PhD.
What have you done since your time at Northeastern?
Then I worked at the Psychiatry Department at the University of Michigan from for 10 years as a biochemist in a lab. In 1981, I came back to Northeastern as an assistant professor.
How has your experience at Northeastern been?
I’ve been very happy here.
How frequently do you get to speak or meet with other Northeastern alumni or students living in the area?
Often. Not so much now, but when I was in closer in age to the students, they would stop by.
Since you are retiring this year, where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Hanging out with my granddaughters.
What would you say to a student who is considering attending Northeastern?
I think that based upon my own experience, co-op is extremely important and that is one of the beauties of this university.
What is your fondest memory of your time at Northeastern and the School of Pharmacy?
Getting the Society of Toxicology’s Education Award in 2006. Alumni essentially got together and wrote a bunch of letters to the Society of Toxicology, and they gave me all the letters written on my behalf.
What has changed the most at NU?
This place has become attractive. More than half these buildings didn’t exist in 1968 when I got my masters.
What has been your favorite hang-out spot around campus?
I used to spend a lot of time at Our House.
A Few Words of Advice:
Find something you like doing because you’re going to be doing it a long time.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had with my clothes on!