Professor Chris M. Ireland

Chief Administrative Officer; Associate Vice President for Research
Phone: 032-626-6011 (+82 32-626-6011)
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Chris M. Ireland is the Chief Administrative Officer and Associate Vice President for Research for The University of Utah Asia Campus. He joined the faculty of the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in 1983 and most recently was the L. S. Skaggs Presidential Endowed Chair for Pharmacy and Dean.

During his 26 years on the faculty he has established himself as a world leader in the field of natural product drug discovery. Dr. Ireland’s research program has focused on the discovery of antitumor agents from natural product sources including marine invertebrate animals, tropical plants and fungi. He and his co-workers have published more than 170 peer reviewed research articles, eight book chapters and five patents. His research accomplishments and international reputation have been acknowledged in the form of numerous invitations to speak at national and international symposia on natural products research and cancer chemotherapeutics. Dr. Ireland has received additional recognition by serving on a number of review panels at NIH including the Bioorganic and Natural Products NIH study section and most recently as a member of the National Cancer Institutes Board of Scientific Counselors. Dr. Ireland has served as the Principal Investigator of a National Cooperative Drug Discovery Group consortium funded by the NCI to discover new cancer drugs from unique natural products sources, and is currently serving as the Co-PI of an International Cooperative Biodiversity Group consortium funded by the Fogarty International Center to discover new HIV, Malaria and TB drugs from plants in Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Ireland and his wife Mary Kay Harper, who is a research scientist at the U, have four children and seven grandchildren. Three of their children attended the U. Dr. Ireland and Mary Kay have traveled extensively throughout the tropical Pacific Ocean and South East Asia. Their passion is scuba diving and underwater photography.