Gary Pollack
Dean & Professor 509-368-6670 PBS 120K Spokane


Ph.D. in pharmaceutics, State University of New York at Buffalo

Bachelor of Arts in chemistry/psychology, Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.


Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

Career History

  • Dean, College of Pharmacy,WSU, 2010 – present
  • Vice Provost for Health Sciences, WSU, 2011- 2013
  • Professor, School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy, dual-appointment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 21 years (1991-2010)
  • Professor, School of Pharmacy, UNC at Chapel Hill, 26 years (1984-2010)
  • Administrative Board, School of Dentistry at UNC, 2 years (2008-2010)
  • Executive Association Dean, School of Pharmacy at UNC, 5 years (2005-2010)
  • Division Chair, School of Pharmacy at UNC, 13 years (1992-2005)


Dr. Pollack’s research has centered on the disposition and action of drugs and toxicants in the central nervous system. His group has made major contributions towards understanding the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of opioid tolerance, including the key role of nitric oxide in the loss of response to morphine and the up-regulation of nitric oxide synthase in response to morphine exposure.

In addition, his students have examined the influence of barrier transporters on substrate permeation across the blood-brain interface, drug distribution within the brain, and pharmacologic activity of CNS therapeutics.

Pollack has mentored more than 40 graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral students in his laboratory, and has authored over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and scientific abstracts.

Recent awards and honors

  • Meritorious Manuscript, Pharmaceutical Research, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, 2009
  • Best Overall Instructor, UNC School of Pharmacy, 2007
  • Best Overall Instructor, UNC School of Pharmacy, 2005
  • Best Instructor, UNC School of Pharmacy PY2 Class, 2005
  • Best Instructor, UNC School of Pharmacy PY1 Class, 2004