The PTR department is pleased to announce the appointment of Larisa H. Cavallari, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and as the new Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics. Dr. Cavallari starts in her new position on April 1st and will be located on the Gainesville campus. Dr. Cavallari is currently at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy, the Co-Director of the Warfarin Pharmacogenetics Service at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI-Health) and a member of the UIC Institute of Human Genetics.
Dr. Cavallari received her BS in pharmacy and PharmD degrees from the University of Georgia and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Pharmacogenomics at the University of Florida working with Dr. Julie Johnson. In her current position, she is actively involved in translational research involving genetic contributions to cardiovascular drug response, with one line of research focusing on the pharmacogenetics of warfarin and another line focusing on the pharmacogenetics of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists in heart failure. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association. Dr. Cavallari is an elected Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, elected Trustee of the ACCP Research Institute, member of the International Warfarin Pharmacogenetics Consortium and on the editorial board for Future Cardiology and the Lexi-Comp Pharmacogenomics Handbook.