Brian Peters, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy, has been awarded the First Tennessee Endowed Chair of Excellence in Clinical Pharmacy.
The appointment comes from College of Pharmacy Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP FASHP, FAST, and UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD.
“Dr. Peters’ research and dedication to the profession of pharmacy makes him an ideal candidate for the Endowed Chair of Excellence,” Dr. Chisholm-Burns said. “He is a conscientious, dedicated educator. I consider him one of my best hires and I know he will continue to do tremendous work and make the college proud.”
“Dr. Peters and his collaborators have made major advances in our understanding of candidiasis,” Chancellor Schwab said. “His proven ability to collaborate and innovate together with his record of achievement in this field make him deserving of this Chair of Excellence. UTHSC looks to further novel accomplishments from Dr. Peters and his colleagues.”
Dr. Peters teaches immunology to second-year student pharmacists and is involved in several initiatives in the college. He currently heads a multi-NIH-funded research laboratory focusing on immunopathogenesis of vulvovaginal candidiasis.
Dr. Peters has more than 75 publications, many in high-impact journals relevant to the fields of molecular mycology, pathogenesis, and immunity. He has been invited to scores of national or international meetings and conferences to give platform presentations on his research findings. He serves in editorial roles for several scientific journals and has been invited to serve on multiple NIH study sections as an expert reviewer.
“I am absolutely humbled to hold the First Tennessee Endowed Chair or Excellence in Clinical Pharmacy,” Dr. Peters said. “This distinction will not only buttress my own research program by creating prospects for novel discovery, but I look forward to using this platform to promote and highlight research excellence within the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science.
“The success I’ve had at UTHSC is a direct reflection of the support received from friends and colleagues with whom I’m lucky to work each day. I would be remiss to not thank departmental, college, and university leadership for their confidence in providing me this prestigious opportunity.”