Dr. Wei-Chiang Shen retired June 30, and, in accordance with his long and distinguished service to the university, was granted the honor of Emeritus Professor of the USC School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Shen’s career has focused on pioneering novel ways of delivering drugs, particularly large-molecule drugs, to targets in the body. He published more than 140 papers in different areas of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and served on the editorial boards of Pharmaceutical Research and The Journal of Drug Targeting. He is a co-inventor of 16 issued U.S. patents in drug delivery and is a co-author of the textbook “Immunology for Pharmacy Students.” Elected a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in 1992 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2000, he was the grand prize winner of the prestigious Eurand Award for Outstanding Novel Research in Oral Drug Delivery in 2002.
His tenure at the USC School of Pharmacy began in 1987, when he was recruited from the faculty of the Boston University School of Medicine by then-Dean John A. Biles. Dr. Shen held numerous administrative appointments over the course of his career at USC including Director of Graduate Affairs (1989-1992), Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (1993-2000), Interim Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2003-2006) and Associate Dean for Research (2015-2017). In 2007, two decades after being recruited to USC by Dean Biles, he was appointed the John A. Biles Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.