UTEP School of Pharmacy Welcomes Dr. Marc Cox to Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy is proud to welcome Marc Cox, Ph.D., as chair of the school’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Department.
Dr. Cox will continue to serve as professor of biological sciences through a joint appointment.
As department chair, Dr. Cox will play a key role in promoting drug discovery and development research, advancing educational programs and recruiting and supporting valued faculty members and students.
“The appointment of Dr. Marc Cox as the chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a step forward in the evolution of the UTEP School of Pharmacy,” said School of Pharmacy Dean José O. Rivera, PharmD. “Dr. Cox brings a wealth of experience in research, teaching, and faculty and staff development, and mentorship.”
Dr. Cox joined UTEP’s Department of Biological Sciences as an assistant professor in 2007. He was promoted to associate professor in 2012 and full professor in 2018.
An accomplished researcher, Dr. Cox is widely recognized for developing innovative breast cancer and prostate cancer treatments, including drug candidates that target cancers that are resistant to hormone-blocking therapies. He was named 2016 Texas Inventor of the Year for his treatments by the Intellectual Property Committee of the State Bar of Texas. He was the first awardee from a university to receive such an honor.
Dr. Cox’s work has been supported by the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program, the Lizanell and Colbert Coldwell Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
“As the incoming chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, I am fully committed to promoting the department within the University, the UT System, nationally, and internationally; serving as an advocate for students, faculty and staff; and supporting the department, School of Pharmacy, and University-wide strategic vision,” said Dr. Cox. “I have gained a tremendous amount of experience in research, teaching, student advising, service, and curricular development in a setting of rapidly growing research infrastructure, and I am enthusiastic about the possibility of using my diverse expertise to make significant contributions to the continued growth and success of UTEP through the development of a strong School of Pharmacy in the border region.”
Among his notable achievements, Dr. Cox led the creation of the Department of Biological Sciences’ Undergraduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry in 2010 and served as its director until 2016.
That same year, he founded the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development, which is focused on identifying, developing, and supporting faculty-driven initiatives that will enhance faculty, staff and student success and highlight UTEP’s role as a national leader in 21st century public higher education.
In addition, Dr. Cox has served on the Executive Committee of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council, as the UTEP Faculty Senate President, and on a number of University-SOwide committees that provide leadership and guidance on curriculum assessment for SACS/COC accreditation, academic program assessment, conflict resolution, the Handbook of Operating Procedures, and intellectual property protection.
Dr. Cox also currently serves as deputy director of the NIH-funded BUILDing SCHOLARS Center, and director of the Investigator Development Core of the NIH-funded Border Biomedical Research Center.
He received his bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Missouri in 1997. He completed his master of science in public health at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1999 and his doctoral degree in molecular and cellular biology at Tulane in 2003.