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2019 Keynote Speakers

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David Pride, MD/PhD

DrPride_.jpgDr. Pride is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Wake Forest University, his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Vanderbilt University, and his M.D. at New York University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and received subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases at Stanford University. Dr. Pride serves as the Director of the Molecular Microbiology laboratory and the Associate Director of the Clinical Microbiology laboratory at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Pride's major interests are in developing diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, and in understanding the role of microbial communities in human health and disease. His research laboratory specializes in human microbiome research with a focus on viruses that inhabit the human microbiome.


Dr. James Colbert, Pharm.D.

Dr.-Colbert_.pngDr. James Colbert is an accomplished leader in pharmacy with over 30 years of experience. He received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from UC Berkeley and his Pharm.D. from UCSF. Prior to joining the UCSD School of Pharmacy, Dr. Colbert was a Pediatric Pharmacist Specialist for the UCSD Healthcare System.  His responsibilities also included: Education and Training Pharmacist, PGY2 Residency Coordinator for Pediatrics, and Clinical Manager for the Department of Pharmacy. Dr. Colbert served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and the Bosnia Peacekeeping Campaign.

At the UCSD School of Pharmacy, Dr. Colbert is responsible for both Introductory and Advanced Practice  Experiences for all pharmacy students. He has arranged clinical clerkships for students throughout the U.S., Central America, Africa and Asia. Dr. Colbert teaches the pediatric pharmacotherapy course and serves on the admissions committee.

Dr. Colbert is the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college. He is the first African American to be appointed as a faculty member and a dean in the UCSD School of Pharmacy. Lastly, he is the second African American to be appointed as a dean in the history of California Schools of Pharmacy.