College of Pharmacy Rises to No. 6 in NIH Research Funding

The UTHSC College of Pharmacy is now ranked No. 6 in annual research funding from the National Institutes of Health, according to a listing published by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy of its approximately 140 member institutions.

“The ranking of No. 6 in NIH funding for federal fiscal year 2022 is external validation for the UTHSC College of Pharmacy’s standing as one of the leading institutions in research among the 142 U.S. pharmacy schools,” says Bernd Meibohm, associate dean for graduate programs and research.

UTHSC College of Pharmacy
UTHSC College of Pharmacy

The college received more than $19.2 million in NIH funding in fiscal year 2022, causing it to jump six places from No. 12 the year before. In 2010, the college had roughly $3 million in NIH grant funding, and the number has steadily climbed each year since.

“This record-high funding for our college was achieved through the outstanding productivity of our faculty, who are conducting cutting-edge research in the pharmaceutical sciences,” says College of Pharmacy Dean Reginald Frye.

Strategic Plan Approved

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has implemented its 2023-2028 Strategic Plan, approved in June by the UT Board of Trustees.

The plan was developed under the leadership of Cindy Russell, vice chancellor for academic, faculty and student affairs, in a process that spanned more than 18 months and included 700 faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.

“This plan is building a solid foundation into an exciting future,” Chancellor Peter Buckley says.

The long-term collaborative process defined UTHSC’s inspirational new vision in four words: Healthy Tennesseans. Thriving Communities.

The full 2023-2038 Strategic Plan is available to view at

Kurapati Named Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer

Raaj Kurapati
Raaj Kurapati

Raaj Kurapati has been named UTHSC’s new executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer.

Kurapati has more than three decades of experience in public higher education and private industry. He comes to UTHSC after having served since 2018 as the executive vice president and chief operating and financial officer for the University of Memphis.

At UTHSC, Kurapati coordinates the day-to-day administrative operations and management of the campus’s central administration.