Pierre F. Neuenschwander, Ph.D. - Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Neuenschwander first joined UT Health Northeast in 2001 as an Associate Professor of Biochemistry doing basic biomedical research in the area of thrombosis and hemostasis, with a focus on enzymology and protein structure/function studies. Although his historical focus has been on research, he has maintained a keen interest in instruction and has been involved in educational activities at UT Health Northeast since 2002. He was appointed as the Interim Director of the Graduate Program in Biotechnology in 2010, Director of Academic Administration in 2012 and has recently been appointed as the Executive Director of Academic Administration at UT Health Northeast.
As Executive Director of Academic Administration, Dr. Neuenschwander oversees development and implementation of all academic policies and procedures; ensures that all curricula remain current and in compliance with accreditation standards; and maintains a broad knowledge of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the UT System requirements for degree-granting programs.
Educational and Research Background:
Dr. Neuenschwander received his B.S. degree in Chemistry (ACS-accredited) from R.I.T. in 1985, where he was involved in modeling studies of DNA crosslinking by nitrogen mustards and aza-adamantane derivatives in the laboratory of Dr. Christian G. Reinhardt. He went on to receive his doctorate in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Stony Brook University in New York in 1990 under the mentorship of Dr. Jolyon Jesty studying blood coagulation enzyme kinetics. Dr. Neuenschwander then moved to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in Oklahoma City to continue and expand on his work in the field of blood coagulation as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. James H. Morrissey.
Overall, Dr. Neuenschwander’s involvement in higher education spans nearly 28 years. His recognition of the importance for a student in the sciences to experience higher education through involvement in scientific research extends back to his involvement in research as an undergraduate at R.I.T. His approach to instruction was further informed by his positive experiences in teaching undergraduates at Stony Brook University and then later in teaching graduate students at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and at UT Health Northeast.