Longtime UK professor chosen for position
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 14, 2015) — Lisa Cassis has been named vice president for research at the University of Kentucky, UK President Eli Capilouto announced on Monday.
Cassis has served as interim vice president for research since June 2, 2014. She is a long-time UK professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences and widely considered one of the university’s top researchers.
As a direct report to Capilouto, Cassis will oversee a nearly $285 million research enterprise that has an annual economic impact on the state of more than $500 million.
Among her many duties, Cassis is also a faculty member of the UK Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center and the College of Pharmacy.
She is currently principal investigator on several, multi-million dollar federal grants including serving as program director of an $11.3 million National Institutes of Health grant that supports the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) focusing on obesity and cardiovascular diseases. She has published over 130 scholarly articles, is the recipient of several national research awards, and takes pride in having trained many future generation biomedical researchers.
Cassis earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Ph.D. in pharmacology from West Virginia University and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Wurzburg in Wurzburg, Germany, and the University of Virginia.