The College Welcomes New Faculty

Published on 20 October 2017

The College is in full swing, as students and faculty have returned to campus for the 2017-2018 academic school year.

In step with the opening of Recreation and Student Center and the welcoming of a new freshman class, the College is delighted to announce the addition of new faculty to the STLCOP community.

Department of Basic Sciences

college-welcomes-new-faculty_anthonysam-whitney.jpgWhitney Anthonysamy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology


Anthonysamy earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Arkansas and the Illinois Natural History Survey, where she maintains a research affiliation.

Anthonysamy has taught various courses in organismal biology, conservation, and professional development, and has mentored several undergraduate students for their research projects. Anthonysamy’s research interests include ecology, conservation, and the use of field and genetic techniques to examine how environmental change impacts biodiversity.

college-welcomes-new-faculty_pate-alicia.jpgAlicia Pate, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Physiology


Pate earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacological and Physiological Science from Saint Louis University. She has many years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including research and development for Centocor Biologics and publications management for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

For the past three years, Pate has worked as an assistant professor of biology and biochemistry at Missouri Baptist University, in addition to her adjunct work at McKendree University and Saint Louis University. Her research interests focus on hormonally-mediated metabolic and cardiovascular changes associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding, and she works in continued collaboration with researchers at Saint Louis University.

Department of Pharmacy Practice

college-welcomes-faculty-scott-coonScott Coon, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Division of Ambulatory Care

Coon earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from The State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his PGY1 and PGY2 (in Ambulatory Care) residencies with St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Department of Public Health.

For the past two years, he has been an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Oregon State University-Oregon Health & Science University, College of Pharmacy practicing in an ambulatory care clinical faculty role within the OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond Clinic.

As he returns to the College on September 1, he will be a preceptor to advanced pharmacy practice experience students and teach the integrated pharmacotherapy series and pharmacy practice skills lab courses.

college-welcomes-new-faculty_kerwin-lara.jpgLara Kerwin, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Division of Ambulatory Care

Kerwin earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She completed a two-year pharmaceutical care leadership residency at University of Minnesota where she had a great blend of experiences in ambulatory care clinical practice development, leadership, quality improvement and academia.

Kerwin will practice as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist within the primary care medicine clinic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, be a preceptor to advanced pharmacy practice experience students, and teach the integrated pharmacotherapy series and pharmacy practice skills lab courses.

college-welcomes-new-faculty_took-roxanne.jpgRoxane Took, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Division of Ambulatory Care

Took earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 community care residency with University of Missouri-Kansas City, Balls Food Stores. Since 2014, she has worked at Balls Food Stores as a community care pharmacist and residency site preceptor for the PGY1 community residency. Took will practice as a clinical pharmacist within Shop ‘n Save pharmacies in St. Louis, be a preceptor to advanced pharmacy practice experience students and teach the integrated pharmacotherapy series and pharmacy practice skills lab courses.

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