Faculty & Staff

Charles Breese

Professor of Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy
Dr. Charles Breese received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1984 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology and Physiology in 1992 from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. In 1992, he joined the Alcohol Research Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver as a postdoctoral fellow in Pharmacology. In 1996, he joined the research faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UCHSC, as a member of the Schizophrenia Center. In 1998, he joined the faculty at Auburn University, Harrison School of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as an assistant professor of pharmacology and was promoted to Associate professor with tenure in 2003. In 2006, he joined the faculty at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy as Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as a full professor of pharmacology. He was promoted to the Associate Dean of Academic and Curricular Affairs in 2006, and in 2009, was promoted to Senior Associate Dean. During his career, he has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and conference abstracts and has received over $1.5 million in grant support. His research interests include the molecular, neurobiological, endocrine, and long-term behavioral consequences of fetal drug exposure, with the goal of elucidating their role in the growth and learning disorders observed in alcohol and nicotine exposed children. He has also studied the relationship of changes in ligand gated ion channels in addictive and psychiatric disorders, with particular emphasis on an abnormality in the regulation of the neuronal nicotinic receptors in the brains of schizophrenics that smoke. His teaching is in the areas of neuropharmacology, endocrine, respiratory, and cardiovascular pharmacology and therapeutics. He utilizes numerous educational pedagogies in the classroom, including integrated case-based and flipped classroom learning to assist students in integrating important concepts necessary to understand various disease states and appropriate pharmacotherapy necessary to manage these patients.
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