The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy has named Georgi V. Petkov, PhD, chair and professor of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Petkov will join the College in August 2017, after serving as a professor of pharmacology at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He received his PhD degree in 1997 from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.
Dr. Petkov’s research interest focuses on the ion channel mechanisms that regulate urinary bladder smooth muscle function. During his academic career, he has maintained an internationally-recognized and extramurally-funded research program in the area of overactive bladder and urinary incontinence, an area of high interest to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal, public, and private funding agencies.
Dr. Petkov has published numerous scholarly papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Urology, and Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, with many articles representing important advances in the field and influencing academic research worldwide. He has more than 110 published abstracts presented at national and international scientific meetings, and has organized and chaired/co-chaired a number of research conferences and symposia nationally and internationally.