David J. Edwards is Professor Emeritus of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He received his A.B. degree in Chemistry from Duke University (1966) and his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry (minor in Physiology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971). Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Pittsburgh (1971-1973), he was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Psychopharmacology Program), Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1973-1979), Research Assistant Professor (1979-1981), Associate Professor (1981-1988) and Professor (1988-1994) in the Department of Pharmacology-Physiology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy, since 1995.
Currently, Dr. Edwards serves as Course Director of Biochemistry 2 in the P1 year of the PharmD program and lectures on bioenergetics and metabolism. He is also Co-Course Coordinator of the Neurology-Psychiatric module in the P3 year and gives lectures on various basic science topics. He is also Course Co-ordinator of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics core course for the PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Other teaching includes lectures in the PhD graduate program (topics in Pharmaceutical Analysis; Foundations in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology), DMD program in the School of Dental Medicine (amino acid metabolism in the Biochemistry course, autonomic and CNS pharmacology in the Pharmacology course and endocrinology in the Physiology course), and autonomic pharmacology in the Dental Hygiene program.
Dr. Edwards is Coordinator of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences seminar series. He serves on several other committees in the School of Pharmacy.