Faculty of Former Program

Faculty members in the original University of Iowa toxicology program were notable figures in the field. These were some of the individuals who shared—and achieved—the goal of seeing their graduate students attain recognition and success:

Bernard Becker, Ph.D.

Professor
1920-1979

Bernie Becker returned to graduate school for a doctorate after several decades of professional involvement in toxicology with Armour Laboratories, Strasenburgh Laboratories, and as Assistant Chief of Laboratory Services for the US Army. In 1964 he received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology under Dr. Gabriel Plaa. By 1971 Dr. Becker was a full professor in the University of Iowa toxicology program. A native of Chicago, his final years were spent as Director of Toxicology for Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago.

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Former Toxicology Program

John Paul "J.P." Long, Ph.D.

Professor
1926-2007

A stellar scientist and a pioneer in the field of autonomic pharmacology, John Paul Long published over 300 papers and trained 15 MS students, 23 PhD students and 18 postdoctoral fellows during a half century spent at the University of Iowa. He was a lifelong Iowan (except for two-year stints at Sterling-Winthrop and in the Army) and earned his BS in Chemistry and MS and PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Iowa.

J.P.’s research career started auspiciously with his synthesis and evaluation of a new group of cholinesterase inhibitors that included hemicholinium, and it never lost steam. For this and related work he received the John Jacob Abel Award in 1968 from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). J.P. was Head of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa between 1970 and 1983 and was named a Roy J. Carver Professor in 1984, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

J.P. was a dedicated, inspirational and enthusiastic teacher, and a teaching award in the Carver College of Medicine is named for him. He was also very active in ASPET, serving as secretary-treasurer on council and on the editorial board for many years. The John Paul Long Chair of Pharmacology has been established at the University of Iowa to honor the monumental impact he had on his colleagues and students. [excerpted from “The Pharmacologist,” Vol. 49, No. 3, Sept 2007] submitted by Donna L. Hammond, Ph.D., Professor of Anesthesia and Pharmacology, Interim Head of Pharmacology.

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Primary department: 
Department of Pharmacology
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Former Toxicology Program