Associate Dean for EntrDean, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (Retiree)
Dhiren Thakker is the associate dean for entrepreneurial development and global engagement at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He is also a researcher focusing on drug absorption and metabolism, as well as a startup entrepreneur.
Thakker joined the faculty at the school in 1996 after stints in research at the National Institutes of Health and in drug discovery at Glaxo Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline).
He retired from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. Thakker has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from Columbia University. He came to the United States after earning his undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Bombay University in Bombay, India (now Mumbai).
Just two years after coming to Carolina, Thakker assumed the role of associate dean of graduate and research programs. He is also a scientific founder and member of the board for Qualyst, Inc., a venture capital–backed business venture that spun out of his research on drug metabolism. He also worked at the FDA.