Suppiramaniam Takes Position in Graduate & Research Programs

Vishnu Suppiramaniam

March 31, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. – Dean R. Lee Evans and the Harrison School of Pharmacy are excited to announce that Vishnu Suppiramaniam will assume the post of Assistant Dean, Research and Graduate Programs. Suppiramaniam joined the school full time more than 15 years ago and has served in vital roles in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development.

“Vishnu will be a valuable asset to the enhancement and expansion of our graduate program offerings and extramurally-funded scholarly activity,” said David Riese, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs. “We are very excited to have him on board as we grow our department.”

Suppiramaniam’s research focuses on interpreting the mechanisms of memory deficits in Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and chemotherapy induced memory loss (chemobrain) as well as development of novel therapies for these conditions. He has been recognized and supported by the National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Science Foundation and a variety of other private and public foundations and currently holds active research grants totaling more than $800,000.

“Vishnu has gone above and beyond the call of duty in his time with HSOP,” said Dean Evans. “With all of his experience as a researcher, faculty member, and previously interim head of the Department of Drug Discovery and Development, he brings a broad and valuable skill set that will help us further grow our research and graduate programs.”

A mentor to more than 60 undergraduate students and 33 graduate students, Suppiramaniam is credited in more than 56 scholarly research articles, five book chapters and more than 130 research abstracts.  In addition, he serves as a reviewer for NIH, Medical Research Council (UK), Alzheimer’s Society (UK), Alzheimer’s Association (US) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

Suppiramaniam holds a doctor of veterinary medicine from Madras Veterinary College in India, as well as a master’s degree (pharmacal sciences) and Ph.D. (biomedical sciences) from Auburn University. He also completed veterinary clinical training at Tuskegee University. He joined the Harrison School of Pharmacy initially as a graduate research assistant in 1987 and returned as an assistant professor in 2001. He recently served more than three years as interim Department Head in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development and has held the title of Professor since 2015.


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

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