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  External Advisory Committee  

Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D.

Director, Proposal Development
West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute
WVU Health Sciences


Joan M. Lakoski, PhD, is Director, Proposal Development at the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, WVU Health Sciences.  Dr. Lakoski received her doctoral degree in pharmacology from the University of Iowa, postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, and has held faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, including appointment as interim chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Penn State. She joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology in 2002 and was appointed Professor in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. She has held numerous leadership responsibilities at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences including service as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Career Development and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Science Education Outreach; she also served as the Founding Executive Director of the Office of Academic Career Development (2002-2009) and the Office of Science Education Outreach (2010-2014) and was Director of the RIMED Postdoctoral Fellows Program (2006-2014) – a unique training program for international postdoctoral fellows. Engaged in both graduate and postdoctoral education, she served as the inaugural Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2005-2010) and received The University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association Postdoctoral Advocate Award (2007) for improving the postdoctoral community. Her biomedical research activities include 30 years of continuous support from the National Institutes of Health for research studying the pharmacology of the aging brain, drugs of abuse and infectious diseases; she has participated in numerous study section panels and is currently appointed to the National Institute on Aging Neuroscience review panel. Following retirement from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015, she served as Vice President of Research and Graduate Education and Chief Science Officer at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (2015-2016) and directed an innovative professional development program for established research faculty. With long standing interests in developing the next generation of biomedical investigators, she is frequently invited as a speaker on the topics of mentoring and grant writing – and she is delighted to empower the career success of creative individuals who will improve the nation’s health.




Updated October 11, 2015




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