CICMD Director, Dr. Eric Krause appointed to prestigious endowed professorship.

Dr.Eric Krause, Ph.D., has been appointed to the Debbie DeSantis Excellence Professorship.  In an e-mail announcement, The Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Julie Jhonson, stated that the Endowed professorships are among the highest honors a college can bestow on a faculty member and are reserved for scholars of national and international acclaim.  Dr. Eric Krause joined the UF College of Pharmacy in 2011 and serves as an associate professor of Pharmacodynamics and director of the Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease. His research utilizes an integrative approach toward investigating brain circuits governing physiology and behavior. He is currently funded on several grants through these National Institutes of Health agencies: the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute on Aging.

Debbie DeSantis Term and Excellence Professorships

For more than two decades, Debbie DeSantis has philanthropically supported the UF College of Pharmacy. Her latest gift in 2021 established the first endowed term professorship in precision medicine in the UF College of Pharmacy. DeSantis graduated with honors from the UF College of Pharmacy with a bachelor’s degree in 1982 and began her career as a pharmacist in a chain pharmacy, and rose to the positions of chief and district supervisor. She later joined Rexall Sundown, where she became vice president of operations, and in 1997, began work in the product development department. DeSantis’ efforts earned her the position of senior vice president of product development at Rexall Sundown’s parent company, Nutricia USA. Her professional interests are in the field of pharmacognosy, which is the study of natural products. She received a UF Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015.