TIAA-CREF Lifetime Achievement Award


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Dr. Wayne K. Anderson, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo

Dr. Andersonís distinguished career has had a positive impact on the University at Buffalo in a number of different ways. As teacher and mentor, he has trained nearly 40 MS/PhD students, 30 postdoctoral scholars, and over 50 undergraduate and honor students.

His prolific research program, supported continuously by NIH for 25 years, has yielded over 100 manuscripts, 8 patents, and several anti-HIV and anti-cancer compounds that have reached advanced pre-clinical or clinical trial.

In 1995, he stepped forward to become Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, SUNYís only pharmacy program. Under his leadership and vision, the professional program has transitioned from baccalaureate-to entry-level doctoral program; both didactic and professional training have been revamped and expanded, and prodigious financial resources for the new program have been secured.

In just five years, the school has risen in rank and reputation, moving among pharmacy schools from 19th to 9th in NIH grant funding, and to 2nd nationally in NIH grants per PhD faculty. Dr. Andersonís relentless development efforts have raised $18 million for the universityís Capital campaign, enabling expansion of student programs, teaching, infrastructure, and research, plus endowments to sustain them.

Dr. Anderson serves in numerous professional organizations, including regional and statewide organizations that seek both to increase the number of health professionals coming from under-represented groups and communities and to place health professionals in under-served communities. As a result of this effort, underrepresented minority enrollment in the pharmacy program has increased 10-fold.


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