Thursday, January 19, 2012
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy 304-691-1713

Marshall University School of Pharmacy moves forward with addition of new faculty

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— Marshall University’s School of Pharmacy has named six new faculty members with more than a century’s worth of combined experience in pharmaceutical  science,  clinical research and  pharmacy education.

“The addition of these accomplished, dedicated and knowledgeable professionals certainly adds to the diverse, robust team of faculty we are building at the School of Pharmacy,” said Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the School of Pharmacy.  “Marshall University is developing a dynamic academic health center where pharmacy students will learn from a team of interdisciplinary health care professors.”

The six new faculty members include a researcher who with his colleagues has received scientific funding in excess of $11 million, a pharmacist certified in oncology specialization, two pharmacists with residency training, and a pharmacy professor with more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and education.

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp said the naming of these faculty members underscores the university’s commitment to the school as it prepares to welcome the first class this fall.

“Dr. Yingling has assembled an outstanding leadership team of experienced administrators. The addition of this complement of accomplished, high-caliber faculty members to the School of Pharmacy adds considerable depth and expertise to the major departments of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice,” Kopp said. “Additionally, support for faculty hiring and research startups has been provided to such an extent that the school is quickly emerging as one of the top 50 schools of pharmacy in the country with respect to faculty research.”

The new faculty members are as follows:

              Dr. Stephanie L. Anderson, named associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration. Anderson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas in 2000 and completed an accredited primary care residency at the University of Oklahoma in 2001. She most recently practiced as a pharmacist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has presented sessions at more than 20 local, regional and national conferences.

             Dr. Eric Blough, named associate professor and Director of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Research.  Blough received his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the Ohio State University. He most recently served as director of the Marshall University Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems and as an associate professor of biological sciences.  A prolific researcher and publisher, he and his colleagues have received more than $11 million in research awards since 1998 and have published more than 50 articles.

             Dr. Lisa Frazier, named assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.  Frazier received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky in 1994.  She comes to Marshall from Holzer Health Systems, where she served as Director of Pharmacy.  Additionally, Frazier is certified as an oncology pharmacy specialist and has presented sessions at dozens of health care conferences.

             Dr. Hasan Koc, named assistant professor and Director of Pharmacometrics and Pharmacoanalysis. Koc earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at New Mexico State University in 1997 and most recently served as assistant professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania State University.  He is the author of more than three dozen academic research papers.

              Dr. John Krstenansky, named professor and Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Research.  With more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and education, Krstenansky has an extensive background in the scholarship and practice of pharmaceutical research. Krstenansky completed a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983.  He also has a master’s degree in business administration.

              Dr. Janet Wolcott, named assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.  Wolcott received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky in 1998 and has more than 20 years of experience in pharmacy practice and education.  Additionally, she completed a one-year pharmacy practice residency.  Most recently, Wolcott served as Clinical Pharmacist Critical Care and Pharmacy Residency Director at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

For complete biographical information on new faculty members, please contact Karen Barker, School of Pharmacy at 304-696-7302 or Leah Payne at 304-691-1713. School of Pharmacy information is available at

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