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Roger Davis
Dean of College of Pharmacy
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
B.S. – University of Tennessee at Memphis
Pharm.D.  – University of Memphis
Professional Experience
Taught in University of Tennessee’s College of Pharmacy – 29 years
Associate Executive Director at the Tennessee Pharmacist Association – 23 years
President and member of the Board of Directors at Pharmaceutical Care Concepts, Inc. – 10 years.
Regional Medical Liaison for Diabetes and Metabolism at sanofi-aventis

Scott Akers
Chair of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharm.D. – University of Tennessee
Ph.D. – University of Kentucky
UK Pharmacy Practice & Science Research Enhancement Award – 2001
UK Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Enhancement Award – 2002
American College of Clinical Pharmacy Best Fellow Award – 2003
K30 Mentor Recognition Award – 2006
Professional Experience
Currently serves as an adjunct at Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky – 8 years
Associate member of the graduate faculty at University of Kentucky – 8 years
Pharmacy practice resident at the UT Medical Center – 1 year
Cardiovascular research fellow at the UT College of Pharmacy – 2 years
Clinical research faculty with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Affairs Medical Center – 5 years
Akers also served as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the Department of Pharmacy Services at Chandler Medical Center at the University of Kentucky.
He coordinated the clinical and experimental therapeutics track in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program and the Cardiovascular Therapeutics Module at the University of Kentucky.
Professional Information
Akers has served as a grant reviewer for the American Heart Association.

Research Information
His research interests focus on developing and studying new drugs that affects blood platelets and prevent cardiovascular disease.
He directed his own independent research program at the University of Kentucky and oversees Lipscomb research program in collaboration with Vanderbilt University.




Elizabeth Breeden
Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacy Practice
Director of the Master of Health Care Informatics

B.A. - University of Tennessee
B.S. Pharmacy - Samford University
M.S. - Austin Peay state University

Professional Experience
Dr. Breeden has clinical pharmacy experience in critical care, operating room, ambulatory care and long-term care settings.
Her most recent position was in Pharmacy Informatics in the health-system software development industry. She was responsible for the development of core application software in pharmacy, nursing, and CPOE. In this role, she served as a principal lead in understanding the industry, defining product strategy, managing the software development life cycle, and meeting the regulatory requirements for clinical products.
She is currently practicing in affiliation with a provider of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services.
Professional Information
Director of the Master of Health Care Informatics
Chair of the ASHP Section Advisory Group on Pharmacy Informatics Education
Health Information Partnership for Tennessee Clinical Workgroup Associate 

Research Information
Her research, teaching and service activities are focused on the optimal use of health care information technology to improve patient outcomes. 


Zac Cox
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice 

Pharm.D. – University of Tennessee

Professional Experience
Currently serves as a practicing pharmacist at Vanderbilt University.
Pharmacy practice resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center focusing on critical care and internal medicine – 1 year
Professional Information
He is a member of the Tennessee Pharmacy Association (TPA) and the Association of American College Pharmacists (AACP).
Research Information
Cox has completed research on Nephrotoxic antibiotics with less bacterial resistance.


Holli Hutcheson Dilks
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 

B.A. – Lipscomb University
Ph.D – Vanderbilt University
Professional Experience
Currently Director of Core Services, Center for Human Genetics Research at Vanderbilt University.
Postdoctoral Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity at the National Cancer Institute – 3 years
Visiting scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard – 2 years
Program director at SRI International – 3 years
Research Information
Dilks’ research interests focus on utilizing candidate gene approaches to discover HIV/AIDS restriction genes and potential determinants of antiretroviral treatment responses.
Interesting Information
Dilks attended David Lipscomb Campus School, K-12, and Lipscomb University. (That means she's a "Lipscomb Lifer.")


Susan Mercer
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

B.S. – Seton Hill University
Ph.D. – University of Maryland
Leadership Development Award from the ACS Younger Chemists Committee – 2008
Recognized by Seton Hill University as a Distinguished Recent Alumni – 2009
Professional Experience
Currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University
Supervised both undergraduate and Pharm.D. students during graduate work in the research laboratory – 3 years
Graduate teaching assistant for medicinal and physical chemistry courses in the professional program at University of Maryland – 1 year
Currently serves as the secretary/treasurer for the Drug Design and Discovery Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Professional Information
Mercer is a member of the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology.
Mercer is published in various medicinal chemistry and pharmacology journals.
She also serves as a manuscript reviewer for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters and Current Medicinal Chemistry.
Research Information
Mercer is currently collaborating with Dr. Eric Skaar on the design and development of novel inhibitors for anthrax and staph bacteria.
Her additional research interests include the design and synthesis of novel opioid analgesics with reduced side effects.


 Kam Nola
Vice Chair of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

B.S. – Middle Tennessee State University
M.S. – University of Tennessee
Pharm.D. – University of Tennessee
DNA Award (Demonstration of Noteworthy Achievement) from Immunex – 2002
Professional Experience
UT community pharmacy resident with additional experience at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in ambulatory care – 2 years
Clinical assistant professor at Mercer University – 1 year
Medical science liaison at Immunex Corporation, and regional medical liaison with Amgen – 8 years
Associate executive director of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) – 2 years
Medical outcomes specialist with Pfizer – 1 year
Adjunct faculty with the UT College of Pharmacy – 5 years
Professional  Information
Nola co-founded a Health Outcomes Pharmacoeconomics Regional Medical Liaison group and served as trainer for the group.
She serves as an instructor for the online course work (as needed) for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions College of Physical Therapy.
She is a member of the American Pharmacy Association
Nola does advocacy work for the Rheumatoid Association
Research Information
She consults on a diabetes study, and is also currently consulting with TPA as needed with their research foundation.