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Robin "Rob" William Rockhold, PhD

Professor of Health Sciences
Deputy Chief Academic Officer
Office: U126
(601) 984-2810

Research interest

  • Circulatory regulation by the central nervous system
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Toxicological actions of red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) venom
  • Biomedical education enhancement

Current activities

Dr. Rockhold currently fulfills a largely administrative role within the University of Mississippi Medical Center as the Deputy Chief Academic Officer. In that role, he has primary responsibility for faculty development and student outreach activities. He leads a Leadership Development Program for Medical Center faculty and directs the post-baccalaureate Professional Portal Program that provides alternative pathways to medical and dental school admissions for qualified disadvantaged students. This latter program offers a one year Master of Biomedical Science degree that can confer matriculation of graduates into the School of Medicine or Dentistry. Designed to improve health care in Mississippi, the program enhances the academic competitiveness of students who are most likely to return and deliver medical and dental care to underserved communities or populations.

An important commitment to the education of future scientific personnel is supported by an active pre-college science education award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grant sponsors a program called Base Pair, which prepares high school students for laboratory studies at UMMC under the mentorship of active research faculty. The program has trained almost 200 students who have achieved a high rate of entry into post-baccalaureate terminal degree programs in health care and biomedical research. Base Pair also provides teacher professional development and has enhanced secondary school science education across Mississippi for thousands of students since 1992.

Dr. Rockhold is an active lecturer in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, with areas of concentration in cardiovascular agents, opioid analgesics, and drugs of abuse. An award-winning educator, Dr. Rockhold is a member of the Academy of Pharmacology Educators, American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.