Mariana Morris, Ph.D., has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Wright State University School of Medicine, effective July 1, 1997.
Morris comes to the position from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she was professor of physiology and pharmacology and an associate in the Hypertension Center in the Department of Surgical Sciences.
Morris received a B.A. degree in biology and chemistry at the University of Colorado and holds a Ph.D. degree in physiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. Her postgraduate training was at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the National Institutes of Health.
Morris was chosen as a member of the inaugural class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program in 1995. She has been active in science and leadership training for women and underrepresented minorities.
Her internationally recognized research centers on the neuro-endocrine basis of hypertension. Recent work has involved studies in hypertensive transgenic animals, molecular genetic modulation of blood pressure, and stress-related cardiovascular problems. Morris has a strong interest in international research collaborations, particularly with Brazil where she served as a visiting professor in 1996.
Morris has served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) review panels, has been active in the American Heart Association and has served on the editorial board of prominent journals in her field.