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Denis J. Meerdink, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus




BS, Arizona State University, 1974

MS, Iowa State University, 1978

PhD, Iowa State University, 1981

PostDoc in Cardiac Pharmacology, University of Arizona

PostDoc in Nuclear Cardiology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center

At Pacific Since: 1990

Denis J. Meerdink, PhD earned his bachelor of science in zoology from Arizona State University in 1974 and his master of science in zoology-cellular biology from Iowa State University in 1978, where he also received his doctor of philosophy in nutritional physiology in 1981. Dr. Meerdink completed one-year of postdoctoral fellowship in cardiac pharmacology at University of Arizona College of Medicine and a two-year fellowship in nuclear cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He joined the Pacific family in 1990.

Dr. Meerdink served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research from 1996 to 2006. In addition to his role as Associate Professor, he is currently the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Organizations. His goal is to provide a network of strong support to student groups, while enhancing the career development information and services available to students. A longtime member of the Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions Committee, he has an interest in evaluating the application parameters that best predict student success in the program.

In his research Dr. Meerdink investigates the transmembrane exchange of material between the myocardial vascular space and myocardial ventriculocytes. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, the American Pharmacists Association, the California Pharmacists Association and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Meerdink enjoys cheese making, working with leaded/stained glass and playing the piano. He and his wife, Pam, have three daughters and two grandchildren.


Teaching Philosophy: "Give students the tools and help them learn by themselves."


PHRM 123 - Physiology and Pathophysiology II


Research Interests:

  • Nuclear cardiology
  • Cardiac metabolism, physiology and pharmacology
  • Myocardial ischemia and blood flow
  • Endothelial function
  • Adenosine
  • Mathematical modeling of capillary-tissue exchange
  • Myocardial perfusion imaging agents
  • Nuclear medicine