Dr. Marilyn E. Morris, University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor, has announced that she will be retiring this summer after 37 years of enthusiastic service and commitment to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Marilyn’s dedication and passion throughout her distinguished career has always been to provide outstanding educational opportunities for future generations of pharmacists and scientists, to advance research in the pharmaceutical sciences, and to provide outstanding leadership for her Department, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in professional societies and advisory panels including for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Morris is one of the world’s preeminent scholars in membrane transport proteins, their influence on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, and their use as therapeutic targets with over 226 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters and conference proceedings/reports.
During her career, she has been instrumental in mentoring, advancing, and launching the careers of many successful scientists and academicians. Dr. Morris has served as primary research advisor for over 60 graduate students, and 14 postdoctoral fellows and over 60 undergraduate or professional students. Many of her graduate students have been recipients of graduate student awards from several scientific organizations, as well as conference poster and travel awards. She has been actively involved in research programs for underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged students, including the SUNY Alliance for Minority Participation Program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and the University at Buffalo Minority High School Student Research Apprentice Program. She has served on numerous university level committees focused on women in academia, mentoring and work-life balance. She engaged in early work implementing tenure clock stop policies for maternity/paternity at the university following the formation of a Commission on Women, and was instrumental in writing the university policies for mentoring.
Marilyn has been a prominent and long-term leader in professional societies and advisory panels. She served on the FDA Advisory Panel for Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences from 2006-2017. She also served as the AAPS Elected President-Elect, President, Past-President from 2013-2016. She is also currently an Elected Executive Committee Member for the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences, International Pharmaceutical Federation (2014-2022). Marilyn also served on the Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Advisory Committee Member from 2016-2018 and as a member of the NIH XNDA Study Section Member from 2016-2020.
She has been supported throughout her successful career by a caring and loving family; her husband William of 45 years, three daughters, Sarah, Jacqueline, and Kathleen and her six grandchildren all boys!
Comments from friends and colleagues:
Gayle and Daniel Brazeau- “We first met Marilyn in 1983 when we started as graduate students at the University at Buffalo. Marilyn has also been an outstanding role model who is committed to the success of her students, department, school, and university; as one who is passionate in advancing research in the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy; as servant and forward-looking leader; and most importantly as a caring and thoughtful individual. We have been blessed to know her as a wonderful colleague and friend.”
Please join us in helping create a new fund in Dr. Morris’s honor to recognize outstanding PHC students involved in leadership activities and outreach at the university, national and international levels.