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AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University alum and longtime medical professional and researcher Dr. Timothy Moore has joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy as its department head for the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Moore joins the Harrison School of Pharmacy after spending the last seven years with the National Institutes of Health.

“It is exciting to be able to bring in someone of the caliber of Tim Moore to the Harrison School of Pharmacy,” said Dean R. Lee Evans. “His experience and expertise in both the academic and research worlds is invaluable. He is passionate about his work and passionate about Auburn and there is no doubt he will be able to further grow and develop the work we do in drug discovery and development.”

Moore is a 1991 graduate of Auburn, earning a bachelor’s degree in zoology. He went on to receive a doctorate in biomedical sciences from the University of South Alabama in 1996 and completed his Doctor of Medicine at South Alabama in 2002. He did post-doctoral work at South Alabama in both pharmacology and physiology. He later completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Maryland, Mercy Medical Center and conducted vascular research and served as a clinical resident in anesthesiology and critical care at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

“Being back on Auburn’s campus is amazing and it truly feels like coming home,” said Moore. “Being back on Auburn’s campus is a special feeling. It is actually a little surreal to be back in this capacity, in a leadership role, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to give back to Auburn after all it has given me in my career.”

Moore comes to Auburn after spending the last seven years at the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, or NIHLBI, as a Medical Officer and Chief of the Lung Biology and Disease Branch of the Division of Lung Diseases. He also held the positions of Director of the NHLBI Science Moving Towards Research Translation and Therapy Program, or SMARTT, and was the director of the Lung Cell/Vascular Biology Program.

At NHLBI, Moore worked with teams of researchers across the nation to advance basic, translational, and clinical research. He received numerous awards and recognition for research initiatives, most notably for innovation and exceptional leadership in developing and managing research programs in pulmonary vascular disease, and for fostering exceptional teamwork in translational science and providing leadership of the SMARTT Program.

“My work at NHLBI prepared me well to help lead efforts that integrate different research approaches, identify viable collaborations, and efficiently use resources for conducting biomedical research programs,” said Moore. “Auburn University has been steadily committing to a future that will advance biomedical research within the local, regional, and national research enterprise systems. There is palpable excitement coming from the leadership, faculty, and staff of HSOP for engaging in this effort and for leading drug discovery and development research. Auburn easily has become the place I want to be.”

Prior to arriving at the NIH, Moore served as an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama College of medicine from 2006-09. While there, he held positions in both the department of internal medicine and the department of pharmacology.

Specializing in physiology and pharmacology, Moore has more than 25 journal publications and original papers, more than 20 book chapters and reviews, and more than 50 abstracts. He has been active in the American Thoracic Society, American Heart Association and the American Federation for Medical Research.

Moore is married to the former LaDonna Latham, a 1991 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy and a pharmacist at Baptist Medical Center East in Montgomery. They have three children: Abigail, a recent graduate of James Madison University; Ashley, who is a sophomore at Auburn; and Austin, who will be joining his twin sister at Auburn in the fall.