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Biographical Sketch: Richard Okita, Ph.D.

Richard Okita
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Richard Okita, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry, where he administers grants in the areas of drug metabolism and transport, drug-induced toxicology and drug delivery. He also manages predoctoral T32 pharmacological sciences and postdoctoral T32 clinical pharmacology training grants, F32 postdoctoral fellowships in the pharmacological sciences, anesthesiology and clinical pharmacology; and trauma, burn and perioperative injury, and mentored career development awards in clinical pharmacology. Prior to joining NIGMS, Okita was a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Washington State University. He earned a B.A. in bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in biochemical pharmacology from the University of Southern California. Okita conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas.

To contact Richard Okita, send e-mail to or call 301-594-3827. If you’re a reporter wishing to interview him, contact the NIGMS Office of Communications and Public Liaison at or call 301-496-7301.

This page last reviewed on August 25, 2016