Andrew Weyrich, Ph.D. – OMRF President

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2-1-2022

 

Dr. Andrew S. Weyrich became President of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in January 2022. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Weyrich received his B.S. degree in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace College, his M.S. degree in Health & Exercise Science from Wake Forest University, and his Ph.D. in Physiology & Pharmacology from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia before joining the University of Utah in 1993. He served as Vice President for Research and President of the University of Utah’s Research Foundation until December 2021.

Dr. Weyrich’s research focuses on how blood clots form and regulate health and disease. He is widely recognized for his seminal discoveries demonstrating that human platelets can express new gene products in the absence of a nucleus. This paradigm shifting observation revolutionized the field of hematology and has led to thousands of studies that use RNA profiling to understand how platelets regulate thrombosis and inflammation – which is now referred to as “thromboinflammation.”

Dr. Weyrich has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews and has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for over 25 years. He’s the recipient of numerous investigator research awards from organizations such as the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB), the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), and the American Society of Hematology (ASH) that honored him with the prestigious William Dameshek prize. He is also member of the esteemed Benning Society through his H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair and, and he recently received the John R. Hoidal Senior Investigator Award

Dr. Weyrich is excited to bring his strengths as a researcher and leader to Oklahoma where he partners with the OMRF team and greater community to build on the exceptional work of his predecessor and friend – Steve Prescott.

 

 

Chair of the Day

A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Penny Voss has more than 30 years of experience in the development field. She came to OMRF from the Dean McGee Eye Institute, where she was vice president for development. Designated as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International, Voss is a former president and current member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. She was awarded the Association’s Outstanding Professional Fund Raiser Award for 2006 and was one of The Journal Record’s Woman of the Year Nominees in 2007, 2009, and 2010. She currently serves on the boards of the UCO College of Business and Thrive. She is a member of Rotary Club #29 and active in the alumni groups for Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Oklahoma City.

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