Iain L. Buxton

University of Nevada, USA


Iain L. Buxton was born in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1950, and immigrated to the US in 1962. He attended the University of California San Diego where he was an undergraduate Research Assistant with Dr. Gordon Sato (hormone-dependent cell growth). He presented his first abstract at the age of nineteen. After graduating, he was appointed a Research Assistant at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla and worked in the Laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Holley, exploring cellular growth control and differentiation. The Salk was particularly influential on him who was exposed to Renato Dulbecco (Nobel, 1975), Roger Guillemin (Nobel, 1977), James Watson (Nobel, 1962), among many other luminaries. He left the Salk Institute to study protein chemistry and enzyme kinetics with Dr. A. R. Main in the Department of Biochemistry at North Carolina State University, assisting in the first report of the purification of cholinesterase. He studied pharmacology at the University of the Pacific, graduating in 1978, and he returned to San Diego where he was a Clinical Resident at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and later the Director of the Investigational Drug Studies program at the same institution. By this time, he was practicing as a competent Clinical Pharmacologist on the wards and this expertise brought him to the attention of the UCSD Cardiology Department. In 1981, he joined the Department of Medicine as a Fellow in cardiovascular pharmacology. First funding: in 1984, he received an NIH R23 and joined the faculty at the University of California San Diego. In 1985, he joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Nevada as an Assistant Professor and was immediately successful rising rapidly to become a tenured Associate Professor in 1989 and Full professor in 1995. Today, he is a Professor of Pharmacology, jointly appointed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Clinical Professor.

Biography Updated on 2 September 2009

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