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NSU’s College of Pharmacy Welcomes New Associate Dean

Peter Gannett, Ph.D.

Peter Gannett, Ph.D.

Peter (Pete) Gannett, Ph.D., recently joined NSU’s College of Pharmacy as associate professor and associate dean for research and graduate education. Gannett brings significant experience, a strong work ethic, a spirit of adventure, and clear recognition of the desire and need to build on our excellent research program in order to bring the college additional prestige and strengthen our educational offerings.

Gannett obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (Chemistry, 1982). He received additional training as a postdoctoral fellow, first in the College of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin (1982) and then at the Eppley Cancer Research Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (1985). In 1990, he moved to the School of Pharmacy, West Virginia University (WVU), as a Medicinal Chemist. He was tenured in 1994 and promoted to full professor in 2000 and became the Robert C. Byrd Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry (2010-2015).
Administratively, he served twice as the interim department chair of pharmaceutical sciences and interim associate dean of graduate research and education in the School of Pharmacy at WVU. From 2003-2014, he was instrumental in the development of an interdisciplinary nanoscience research and graduate education program at WVU. Simultaneously, he was the principle investigator on three different university-wide interdisciplinary graduate-student training programs.

Over the course of his research career, Gannett has studied the structure and conformation of DNA, especially of DNA modified due to the metabolism of aryl hydrazines, and the consequences with respect to disease. A second research area of interest to him is the interplay of structure and function of cytochrome P450 with respect to drug design, metabolism and electron transfer. He also focuses on the development and use of nanotechnology for the study of biological problems. Finally, in all research areas, he has utilized computational methods for the analysis of biological molecules, drug design and drug development.

Prior to moving to NSU, Gannett lived in Morgantown, W.V. with his wife of 29 years, Terry. His daughter, Amy, is married and lives in Chicago with her husband, DJ. Pete and Terry have two devoted dogs, Reese and Bailey. Outside of work, he enjoys running, biking, kite-flying, and the beach.