Gail Galasko

Title: Pharmacologist, Educator
Company: Florida State University, College of Medicine
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Gail Galasko, Professor at Florida State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmacology.

A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Galasko graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in 1963 and 1965, respectively. Soon thereafter, she secured a Doctor of Philosophy from the Queen Mary University of London in 1970. Consequently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Galasko became involved in her profession when she heard of receptors. At that time research on receptors were done in pharmacology departments, so upon completing her postdoctoral studies, she sought an academic position in a department of pharmacology. At the start of her career, Dr. Galasko lectured at her alma mater, the University of Witwatersrand from 1972 to 1989, before assuming employment at the University of Virginia as a research associate professor until 1994. She went on to contribute as an associate professor of pharmacology at the SIU School of Dental Medicine for 11 years, further serving as director of the Florida State University College of Medicine between 2008 and 2010. Since 2005 however, Dr. Galasko has worked as a professor at the aforementioned college.

The highlight of Dr. Galasko’s career was working on a compound she isolated which was called human plasma insulin inhibitor. Isolating the compound was a major accomplishment. She further developed a patent for the insulin mediator. An expert in the field, she has contributed to several professional articles in the field.

In addition to her primary endeavors, she has also flourished as a visiting scientist, research professor, and a visiting professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, West Virginia, and the University of Virginia. Civically, Dr. Galasko has dedicated her time to the Temple of Israel, the South African Women’s Bureau and Women and the Science Committee. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, calligraphy and dogs.

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