Tim Moore named pharmacy school’s associate dean for research

Published: October 08, 2019
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Tim Moore, a longtime medical professional and researcher with more than 20 years in the field, has been named associate dean for research and W.W. Walker professor at Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy.

Moore has served as head of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development since joining the pharmacy school in 2016.

“Tim has done an excellent job building infrastructure as well as mentoring faculty and students in research during his time as department head,” said Dean Richard A. Hansen. “He has a passion for research and I am excited for him to focus all of his energy on supporting the innovative and life-saving research at the Harrison School of Pharmacy. I believe his broad medical and research training will help him to build research capacity across all facets of the school’s programs.”

Moore is a 1991 graduate of Auburn, earning a Bachelor of Science 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.

In his new position, Moore wants to spread his passion for research and elevate Auburn pharmacy’s research profile on a national level.

“A major personal goal is to instill a passion for research within all academic units at the Harrison School of Pharmacy,” said Moore. “The faculty spent a great deal of time working together to establish a new strategic vision for the school that includes research success. In accordance with our strategic aspirations, we want to prop-up new administrative infrastructure and resources to help faculty become successful in the short-term with grant applications and in the longer term, strive to be among the top 10 pharmacy schools in the United States in research funding.”

Prior to joining the Auburn faculty, Moore spent 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.

During his time as department head at Auburn, Moore oversaw the opening of the Pharmacy Research Building, growth in research funding, retention and growth of faculty in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, growth in graduate students and success stories such as a strong representation in the Presidential Awards for Interdisciplinary Research and the addition of the Center for Neurosciences Initiative.

The growth and opportunities exhibited during his time as department head is what motivated him to pursue the associate dean for research position and play a larger role as the school investigates new and innovative ways to care for the people of Alabama.

“The Harrison School of Pharmacy leads in implementing Auburn’s land-grant mission and as a native of Alabama and a health professions scientist, I am thrilled to work at Auburn and serve the people of this great state,” said Moore. “The faculty and staff in the school care deeply about delivering high quality health care and recognize that this can be accomplished best by coupling health care delivery to cutting-edge health sciences research.

“The Harrison School of Pharmacy is also a top pharmacy school in the country and I relish the chance to help increase our stature even further by fostering an exciting research portfolio and improving the robustness of our research impact.”

With Moore accepting the new position, Dr. Rusty Arnold has accepted the role of interim department head. Arnold, a professor in Drug Discovery and Development, has been at Auburn since 2012.

“Rusty is passionate about his work and the success of the department,” said Hansen. “This is an exciting time for him to focus on supporting faculty to excel in their research and teaching.”

Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master's in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit the Harrison School of Pharmacy website.