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Gary M. Pollack, PhD

Dr. Pollack is a professor and Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University

at Buffalo. He received his undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Knox College

(Galesburg, IL), and his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University at Buffalo. He spent nearly

26 years on faculty in the School of Pharmacy, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he

also was a Division Chair and the school’s first Vice Dean. Dr. Pollack subsequently served as Dean of

Pharmacy at both Washington State University and the University of Toledo prior to coming home to

Buffalo. In August 2021, he became the 12th dean of UB’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical



Dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo

Dr. Pollack has taught a wide range of subjects in both the professional and graduate curricula, with an

emphasis on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

He was the founding director of North Carolina’s Center for Instructional Innovation in Pharmacy, has led changes in curricular delivery approaches in each of the institutions he has served and has published in the area of teaching and learning. Dr. Pollack also has been a research mentor for students pursuing professional and graduate

degrees, as well as postdoctoral scholars.

Dr. Pollack’s research has focused on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs and

toxicants in the central nervous system. His research group has made fundamental contributions to

understanding the role of P-glycoprotein in limiting drug penetration into the brain and in modulating

pharmacologic response, and to defining the mechanisms and dynamics underlying the development of

morphine tolerance. Dr. Pollack is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of

Science and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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