2010 UW Honorary Citation Report – Feller

Citation recipient Dr. Dennis Feller with Dean Jeanette Roberts

Citation recipient Dr. Dennis Feller (left) with Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)

A native of Monticello, Wisconsin, Dr. Feller came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and received his B.S. (1963) in pharmacy,  and MS (1966) and PhD.(1968) degrees in pharmacology under the mentorship of Professor Kenneth F. Finger at our School of Pharmacy. After a two year National Institutes of Health Fellowship, he joined the Division of Pharmacology faculty in the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University for 26 years, rising  through the ranks in the Division of Pharmacology, becoming the Chairperson in 1997. In 1995, Dr. Feller joined the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi-Oxford campus as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Pharmacology for 8 years, before retiring in 2003.

Dr. Feller taught pharmacology to undergraduate pharmacy students and graduate students at both Universities. He was mentor to 22 PhD and 8 MS graduate students, and 14 postdoctoral fellows. Dennis took professional leaves at the National Institutes of Health and at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky studying the cellular and molecular actions of drugs. Throughout his career, he also served in visiting professor positions abroad, including the Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, Venezuela), Zagazig  University (Zagazig, Egypt), University of Bari (Bari, Italy) and Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand) where he presented seminars and graduate courses in drug metabolism and on drugs affecting lipid metabolism and platelet function. Dennis set up agreements for the recruitment and training of international graduate students.

Over the 34 years in academia, Dennis authored or co-authored more than 170 scientific publications, 240 research abstracts and was a co-inventor of 10 US patents arising from interdisciplinary research activities.

Much of his research work was interdisciplinary involving collaborations with colleagues in biochemistry, natural products and medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and pharmacognosy, and he received extramural funds in excess of $5 million, mostly from the National Institutes of Health, for support of his research activities and training collaborations.

Dr. Feller honors include membership in Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi and Society of Sigma Xi. He has held professional memberships in the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), American Heart Association, and International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.  In addition, he has served as the president of the Ohio State Sigma Xi Chapter; as president of the South Eastern Pharmacology Society, a regional ASPET society; and as a primary grant reviewer and study section head of the Central Ohio Chapter of the American Heart Association.