University of Kentucky Research

Lisa Cassis Biosketch

Lisa CassisLisa Cassis, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology, serves as the University of Kentucky's interim Vice President for Research. She began her term June 2, 2014.

"Dr. Cassis is an exceptional scholar and is a noted leader in her field with an extensive research portfolio, focusing primarily on metabolic, vascular and obesity-associated diseases," said UK President Eli Capilouto.

Cassis is also a faculty member of the UK Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences, the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center, and the College of Pharmacy.

She is currently principal investigator on several, multi-million-dollar federal grants including serving as program director of an $11.3 million National Institutes of Health grant that supports the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) focusing on obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

Cassis earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmacology from West Virginia University and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Wurzburg in Wurzburg, Germany, and the University of Virginia. 

As interim VP for Research, she leads the university’s research enterprise and oversees research proposal development, grants & contracts administration, federal relations, human subjects protection, 10 non-degree granting and multidisciplinary research centers, and an array of shared-use facilities that serve UK researchers.