Mark Zabriskie is Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He received his education at the University of Utah where he obtained a BS in Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. After completing postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta, he joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at OSU in 1992. He directed the college’s infectious disease drug discovery program from 2005 - 2010 and was appointed Dean in September 2010.
His research and teaching interests focus on infectious diseases, primarily the discovery and development of novel anti-infective natural products isolated from rare or extremophilic bacteria. His laboratory also investigates the biosynthesis of these microbial natural products and applies this knowledge through a combination of molecular genetics and chemical methods to create analog compounds that may possess improved therapeutic properties.
College of Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy prepares professional and graduate students of today to be the pharmacy practitioners and pharmaceutical sciences researchers of tomorrow. The College contributes to improving human health by advancing patient care and through the discovery of new drug leads and understanding how medicines work. The College's primary goals are professional and graduate instruction, research, service, and promotion of lifelong learning for its graduates.
The College has 350 professional PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) students and 30 graduate students working towards the PhD degree in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutics. The PharmD degree is jointly conferred by OSU and the Oregon Health & Science University. The College has a satellite facility in Portland on the OHSU South Waterfront campus where many of the clinical faculty are located and where PharmD students study during their third year. The American Council on Pharmaceutical Education accredits the PharmD program and our graduates are eligible for licensing as pharmacists throughout the United States.