Dr. Grace Gowda named new director of International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences program

Dr. Grace Gowda has been selected as the new director of the International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program and appointed as an associate professor at the College of Pharmacy’s extended campus in Gwinnett. She replaces Dr. David Mullis, who recently retired after 14 years of service to the college.

Dr. Gowda has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Her areas of interest include product development; basic research, especially in the field of neuroscience; clinical research in mental health; targeted drug delivery, specifically in immunology; clinical trials; Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC); registration and maintenance of animal health products; and regulatory policy. She has a Regulatory Affairs Certification.

In her new position at the college, she is responsible for overseeing the Masters of Science program in International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences as well as the graduate certificate programs in Clinical Trials Design & Management and International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences. She also is involved in the Regulatory Knowledge and Support program within the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance and in the development and design of regulatory training programs for industry in cell manufacturing for the National Institute of Innovation and in the Manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining the college, Dr. Gowda was head of Regulatory Affairs Operations and Policy/Government and Strategic Affairs at Merial, Inc.. She has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Pharmacy (Pharmacology) from Nagpur University, and Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from University of Madras, India.  Dr. Gowda has held leadership positions in national and international trade associations and has represented the U.S. animal health industry in Veterinary International Conference of Harmonization (VICH). She also represented the animal health industry in three animal health user fee negotiations with the Federal Drug Administration. Her commitment and service in leadership roles with Healthcare Business Women Association (HBA) and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) were recognized with the HBA Chapter Leadership Award and AAPS Regulatory Sciences Section Service Awards, respectively.

Said Dr. Michael Bartlett, CoP’s Associate Dean for Science Education, Research and Technology, “Grace is immensely qualified to lead these important programs for the college.  Her background and experiences will greatly benefit our students and improve training that will advance Georgia’s life science industry.”  Dr. Gowda remarked, “I am thrilled to join the faculty and staff of the college’s International and Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program. In my new role, I am committed to developing and mentoring the next generation of regulatory professionals.”

Dr. Gowda can be reached at grace.gowda@uga.edu or 678-985-6827. For more information about the IBRS program, contact regsciences@uga.edu.

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