In July, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy welcomed two new faculty members. Dr. M. Ashley Spies joined the division of medicinal and natural products chemistry as an assistant professor and Dr. Jeanine Abrons is an assistant professor (clinical) in the department of pharmacy practice and science, applied clinical services division.
Michael Ashley Spies previously held the position of assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned his PhD from the University of Kansas, and completed postdoctoral work at Osaka University, Japan and the University of California, Davis. His research interests include computer-aided drug discovery and design, computational enzymology, protein-ligand interactions, and cheminformatics. Ashley is a second degree blackbelt in the Japanese martial art of Kendo.
Jeanine Abrons joins the college permanently after having been a visiting professor with the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and a research scientist at the College of Pharmacy. Prior to that, she held the position of assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York. She has earned both a PharmD (Drake University) and a Master of Science, social and administrative sciences (University of Wisconsin, Madison). Outside of the office, Jeanine enjoys yoga and traveling.