Gary O. Rankin, PhD

WV-INBRE Principal Investigator

Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Huntington, WV
(304) 696-7313 /

Dr. Rankin received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1972, and his Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Mississippi in 1976. He served as Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmacology at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo from 1976 to 1978, and joined the newly formed Marshall University School of Medicine in 1978. He has served as Assistant Professor (1978-1982), Associate Professor (1982-1985) and Professor and Chair (1986-Present) of the Department of Pharmacology. He also served as Associate Dean for Biomedical Graduate Education and Research Development (1989-1992). Dr. Rankin's research interests are in the area of renal toxicology and include the nephrotoxicity induced by succinimides and aminochlorophenols, urotoxicity induced by halogenated anilines, renal transport of drug metabolites and the bioactivation of chemicals to nephrotoxicant species. Dr. Rankin is a member of several professional societies including the Association of Medical School Pharmacology Chairs (AMSPC; Secretary 2002-2004; President 2004-2006), Society of Toxicology (SOT), American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) and the West Virginia Academy of Sciences. He has served chaired several committees for SOT and ASPET) and has held several offices in the Ohio Valley SOT Chapter (Vice President, 1989-1990; President, 1990; Counselor, 1991-1995). He is also the Past-Chair of the Division of Toxicology of ASPET. He was a regular member of NIH TOX1 and ALTOX4 Study Sections (1994-1999) and serves as a frequent reviewer for NIH Special Study Sections (SBIR; F32s) and the newly formed PBKD Study Section. He was an Associate Editor of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1995-2001) and has been an Editorial Board member for Toxicology since 1994. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, eight review articles, thirteen book chapters, and almost 200 research presentations at local, regional, national and international meetings.