Xinxin Ding, PhD, Selected as Journal Editor

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that Xinxin Ding, PhD has been selected as editor of Drug Metabolism and Disposition (DMD), one of the journals put out by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Beginning on January 1, 2021, he will serve a three-year term, after which he will be eligible for a second term.

Dr. Ding is not a newcomer to ASPET or to DMD. He has been a member of ASPET since 1997, and one of DMD’s associate editors since 2010. As editor, he will be at the helm of a renowned publication for the fields of pharmacology and toxicology. The journal is a valuable resource for medicinal chemists and biochemists involved in drug design and metabolism, expression of drug metabolizing enzymes, and regulation of drug metabolizing enzyme gene expression. Outgoing journal editor Jeffrey C. Stevens said of Dr. Ding’s appointment, “His scientific accomplishments and long association with ASPET Journals will lead to improvements” for DMD.

A leader in the pharmacology/toxicology communities, Dr. Ding has published close to 170 articles and 27 book chapters, review articles, and other publications. His intensive research experience makes him well-qualified to serve as DMD’s editor. At the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Ding serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

When asked about his appointment, Dr. Ding said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the journal in the next few years. DMD is the most authoritative publication of original research in the field of drug metabolism and disposition. I am looking forward to working closely with the associate editors, members of the editorial board, and the editorial team to maintain the reputation of DMD as the leading international journal in this field.”

The University of Arizona has a strong tradition of research strength in the areas of drug metabolism and disposition. Many former faculty members, postdoctoral trainees, and students have made important contributions to the field, including the current DMD editor Jeffrey C. Stevens, a former trainee of the department, and a former faculty member and DMD editor, Dr. James Halpert. The most prestigious award in this field, the B. B. Brodie Award in Drug Metabolism and Disposition, was named after a former UA faculty member. A number of current UA faculty members work in the drug metabolism and disposition field, including Dr. Ding, Nathan Cherrington, PhD, ATS, Qing-Yu Zhang, PhD, Stephen H. Wright, PhD, and Patrick T. Ronaldson, PhD.

Congratulations to Dr. Ding!