Dr. Brian S. Cummings has been appointed the Interim Department Head of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at the UGA College of Pharmacy.

A native of Montrose, Michigan, Dr. Cummings received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1999. A faculty member of the college since 2003, Dr. Cummings research focuses on molecular mechanisms involved in cell death and prostate cancer, with a particular emphasis on lipids.  His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.  In addition, he is the Director of the UGA Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program. He has been recognized for his scholarship by receiving the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Toxicology Young Investigator Award in 2016; the UGA Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award in 2009; and the College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year in 2008.   He is the past-president of the Southeastern Society of Toxicology and the Mechanisms Specialty Section of the National Society of Toxicology, and is the president-elect of the Toxicology Division of the American Society of the Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  He also is a Lilly Teaching Fellow and a member of the UGA Teaching Academy.

Said Cummings, “I am honored to step into this role to guide the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences through this period of transition.  It’s truly an exciting time in PBS, and I look forward to working with my fellow faculty as we shape the future of our department.”

An avid mountain biker, Cummings and his family reside in Athens.