Martin Zdanowicz was originally hired as the Dean of the KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on August 1, 2019, and also assumed leadership of the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences on June 1, 2020. He became professor on July 1, 2022.
Prior to arriving at KGI in 2019, Zdanowicz served as the Associate Dean for Health Studies at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, where he oversaw programs in public health, health science, and informatics.
Zdanowicz received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from NYU-Polytechnic, a Master of Arts in biology/physiology from SUNY Binghamton, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacology) from St. John’s University. While completing his doctorate, Zdanowicz spent 12 years working as a research scientist at North Shore University Hospital-Cornell Medical College in the area of endocrinology and metabolism.
In 1996, he assumed a full-time faculty appointment with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (MCPHS) and served as Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Graduate Studies. After eight years at MCPHS, Zdanowicz moved to the South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, GA, where he served as Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He was promoted to full professor in 2008, with his teaching areas including pharmacology, pathophysiology, and pharmacogenomics. Zdanowicz received the Trustee’s Award for teaching excellence and was voted pharmacy teacher of the year six times by students at two institutions. He also received the Teacher of the Year award in 2015 from the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami.
His current research interests include pharmacogenomics, drug addiction, curriculum development, and active learning techniques. Zdanowicz holds membership in a number of professional societies. He has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles and four textbooks.