Xinxin Ding, PhD, department head and professor in the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, has been selected as editor of Drug Metabolism and Disposition (DMD), one of the journals published by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Beginning on January 1, 2021, he will serve a three-year term, after which he will be eligible for a second term.
Dr. Ding studies enzyme function, regulation, and genetics as applied to translational research for drug safety and efficacy and for genetic and environmental risks for chemical toxicity. A leader in the pharmacology and toxicology communities, he has published close to 170 articles and 27 book chapters, review articles and other publications. His intensive research experience makes him well-qualified to serve as DMD’s editor.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the journal for the next few years. DMD is the most authoritative publication of original research in the field of drug metabolism and disposition,” Dr. Ding said. “I am looking forward to working closely with the associate editors, members of the editorial board and the editorial team to maintain the reputation of DMD as the leading international journal in this field.”
Dr. Ding has been a member of ASPET since 1997 and an associate editor for DMD since 2010. As editor, he will be at the helm of a renowned publication for the fields of pharmacology and toxicology. The journal is a valuable resource for medicinal chemists and biochemists involved in drug design and metabolism, expression of drug metabolizing enzymes, and regulation of drug metabolizing enzyme gene expression.
Outgoing journal editor and 1991 College of Pharmacy graduate Jeffrey C. Stevens, PhD, said of Dr. Ding’s appointment, “His scientific accomplishments and long association with ASPET Journals will lead to improvements” for DMD.
The University of Arizona Health Sciences has a tradition of research strength in the areas of drug metabolism and disposition. Many former faculty members, postdoctoral trainees and students have made important contributions to the field, including Dr. Stevens, and former faculty member and DMD editor, James Halpert, PhD. The most prestigious award in this field, the B. B. Brodie Award in Drug Metabolism and Disposition, was named after a former UArizona faculty member.