Prof. Palmer Taylor, currently serves as Professor and Sandra Monroe Trout Chair of Pharmacology; Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of California San Diego. Prof. Taylor has published over 425 publications mainly in the field of cholinergic pharmacology. His editorial responsibilities span over several journals and books e.g. 2000 – 2006 Associate Editor, Molecular Pharmacology; 1990 Co-editor with W.B. Pratt, Principles of Drug Action, 3rd Edition; 1990 Co-editor with A.G. Gilman, T.W. Rall and A.S. Nies. Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 8th Edition 1998-2003 Co-editor with G.V.R. Born, P. Cuatrecasas, D. Ganten, K. Starke, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology; 1981-1986, and 1992-1998. Editorial Boards of several journals.
Prof. Taylor has worked with cholinesterase structure and function, inhibitors and reactivators for over three decades. His efforts have entailed characterization of the enzyme forms, cloning its cDNA and gDNA, examination of expression and splicing, analysis of structure by physical and crystallographic methods, and characterization of inhibition and reactivation kinetics. His group has also been studying the structure, function and metabolism of peripheral and central nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and synaptic adhesion proteins neuroligin and neurexin critical to the development of the nervous system.
Prof. Taylor has served as President, American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET); 1995-2000, Pharmacology Advisory Committee, Burroughs-Wellcome Fund; 1995-2002, FASEB Board; 1995, FASEB Industrial-Academic Alliance; 1996-98 FASEB Executive Committee; 1999-2006, Board of Trustees, Gordon Research Conferences; 2009 NIGMS Merit Award; 2000-2004 FASEB Finance Committee; Honorary Member, Croatian-Slovenian Society of Biochemistry; American Society for Clinical Investigation, Rene Couteaux Lecture-XV International Symposium on Cholinergic Mechanisms;. 2003 Torald Sollmann Award in Pharmacology; 2004 Perugia University 700 Year Award for Research in the Cholinesterases, Perugia, Italy; 2005 Karl Beyer Lectureship, University of Wisconsin; 2001 University of Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum, Saeculare Nona Sigillum Magnum. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science; and since 2007 an Elected Fellow of AAAS. Prof. Taylor was awarded with 2009 Julius Axelrod Award in Research, ASPET.