Executive Vice President for Research & Innovation

William M. Pierce, Jr. , Ph.D.

William M. Pierce, Jr. serves as the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Louisville.  He received the baccalaureate in chemistry in 1977 and the Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology in 1981 from the University of Louisville.  He then worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University in molecular pharmacology, followed by work as a research associate in pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Louisville.

In 1985, Dr. Pierce joined the faculty of the University of Louisville and is currently professor of pharmacology and toxicology and professor of chemistry.  In this capacity, he has taught students at the postgraduate, graduate, professional and undergraduate levels in eight of the schools and colleges of the university.  His research areas of emphasis include (1) drug design and organ targeting of pharmaceuticals and (2) biomolecular mass spectrometry with emphasis on proteomics.  He holds eight U.S. patents and was awarded two of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards, one in Research and one in Service.

Dr. Pierce founded the university’s Blood Lead Monitoring Laboratory in 1992 and the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in 1996.   He served as the Chair of the university Faculty Senate (2004-2006) and has served on the Board of Trustees, the UofL Research Foundation Board, the Alumni Board of Directors and the UofL Athletic Association Board.  He has held administrative posts as Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs, Interim Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, and Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation.

In 2005, Dr. Pierce and his colleagues K. Grant Taylor and Leonard C. Waite founded Pradama Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products to treat bone diseases, including osteoporosis, osteomyelitis and bone metastases.

William M. Pierce, Jr. CV

William Pierce, Jr.

William M. Pierce, Jr.

Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation

Phone: 502-852-8373
Address: Jouett Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292-0001
(40208 for UPS, FedEx)