NIH-funded scientist Glenn Dillon, Ph.D., starts Nov. 1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After an extensive national search, West Virginia University Chancellor for Health Sciences Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., has announced that Glenn Dillon, Ph.D., will become the new Vice President for Health Sciences Research and Graduate Education.  Dr. Dillon is currently the vice president for research and a professor in pharmacology and neuroscience at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Dillon is a molecular pharmacologist and cellular scientist who has been involved in research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. He will continue one such funded project here at WVU, working with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dillon is also on the National Research Committee for the American Heart Association where he serves as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

“Research that transforms the lives of West Virginians is a vital part of our mission as an academic health center,” Chancellor Colenda said. “We’ve been doing important and influential work, and we’re confident that Dillon’s leadership will take us to an even higher level.”

Dillon earned his undergraduate degree from Missouri State University and a graduate degree from the University of Illinois, where he also earned his Ph.D. in physiology.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to working in Morgantown,” Dillon said. “I’ve been impressed with the leadership there and the opportunity to build on the biomedical research program. I can’t wait to get going.”

Dillon will begin his new position on Nov. 1.

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For more information: Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
alj: 09-16-11