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Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Phone: 618-650-3772
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Paul Ferguson
B.A.. 1974 Whittier College
Ph.D., 1981, University of California, Davis
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, 1993, University of Louisiana, Monroe
Vice Provost, 1995-1999, University of Louisiana, Monroe
Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Toxicology, 1999, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Senior Vice Provost, 2001, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, 2003-2006, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Paul W. Ferguson, a native of Southern California, earned the B.A. in Biology at Whittier College in 1974 and the Ph.D. in Pharmacology/Toxicology at the University of California, Davis in 1981. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a Research Specialist for the Department of Pathology at Women's Hospital in the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center and as a Research Biologist for Pennwalt Corporation. While at UC Davis, Dr. Ferguson was a recipient of a National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Training Grant in Toxicology and was the initial recipient of the Society of Toxicology Research Fellowship Award.

Dr. Ferguson began the first three years of his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana, Monroe (ULM) during which he was instrumental in establishing the Toxicology Program, the first of its kind in the South. Following a five year appointment as Senior Toxicologist for Unocal Corporation in Los Angeles, Dr. Ferguson returned to Louisiana where he served for the next five years as Professor and Head of the Division of Pharmacology/Toxicology and Director of the Toxicology Program at ULM. In 1993 Dr. Ferguson was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University and additionally served as Vice Provost from 1995-1999.

Dr. Ferguson was appointed as Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Toxicology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1999 eventually being named Senior Vice Provost in 2001 and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies from 2003-2006.

Dr. Ferguson's scholarship has been focused in three major areas: (1) relationships between metabolism and toxicity of drugs and environmental chemicals using a variety of model biological systems including cell culture and isolated organ systems, (2) improved methods of health risk assessment and communication about environmental chemicals, and (3) innovative programs and curricula to further the understanding of toxicology and the potential health risks from chemical exposures. Dr. Ferguson has published 85 articles, book chapters, and abstracts in the professional literature and obtained approximately 2.2 million dollars in extramural funding for biomedical research and education programs. Dr. Ferguson has been certified continuously as a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology for the past 20 years.

Dr. Ferguson and his wife, Grace, have been married for 32 years and have three children; David, a senior kinesiology major at UNLV, Kathryn, a freshman neurosciences major at Vanderbilt University, and Jenny, a freshman at Edwardsville High School

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