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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Alumni Association

Robbie McLeod , Ph.D.
2011

Distinguished Leadership Award
President, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Alumni Association
(1998-2011)

Robbie McLeod Ph.D., serves as Associate Director/Senior Principal Scientist at Merck Laboratories which were formerly Schering-Plough.  Dr. McLeod has served as a senior principal scientist, working on projects in the areas of Bone, Respiratory, Immunology, and Dermatology and  Pulmonary and Peripheral Neurobiology.  He was twice awarded the Schering-Plough President’s Award for his work on “The discovery of novel azetidione inhibitors of cholesterol absorption with improved potency, pharmacokinetics and safety” and “Combined histamine H1 and H3 antagonists produced nasal decongestion with improved side effect profile.”  Dr. McLeod holds several patents, is the author of numerous publications and has been an invited lecturer  at several professional meetings.

Dr. McLeod completed his undergraduate degree in Biology with Minor in Psychology at the State University College at Brockport, New York.  He went on to complete his Master of Science in Biological Sciences at the State University College at Brockport, New York.  he continued his training in the pharmacology department of the university of medicine and dentistry of new jersey-graduate school of biomedical sciences.  He completed his thesis titled the Role of the histamine H3 receptor in cardiovascular regulation in the guinea pig under the mentorship of Dr. Sheldon B. Gertner.  During his tenure at umdnj he was the recipient of the Society of ASPET Student Travel Award (1991), Society of Neuroscience Student Travel Award (1992) and the Bodman Foundation Fellowship (1992-1993).  He received second place honors in the Mid-Atlantic Pharmacological Society Graduate Poster Competition (1991).   he received his Ph.D. from UMDNJ-GSBS in December 1993.

Dr. McLeod has been a member of several professional societies, including the New Jersey Thoracic Society, American Thoracic Society, AAAS and  Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society.  He served as the Vice President of the UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Alumni Association from 1995-1996 and as President from 1998-2011.