New faculty appointed at WVU School of Pharmacy
Three new faculty members will bring a renewed focus to pharmaceutical research and clinical care at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. They are Rae Matsumoto, Ph. D., Michael Newton, Pharm.D., and Cindy Tworek, Ph. D.

“We are delighted to continue to build an outstanding faculty with the addition of Drs. Matsumoto, Newton and Tworek,” Patricia Chase, Ph.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy (SoP), said.  “With their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience, the School of Pharmacy continues to strengthen its commitment to the advancement of teaching, service, research and patient care to improve the health of the people of West Virginia.”


Matsumoto is the new associate dean of the SoP research and graduate programs. Her primary areas of interest are research and the effects of drugs on the brain.

She received her Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from Creighton University and her Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in psychology from Brown University. She completed post-doctoral training in biochemistry and physiology at Brown University and Northwestern University. 

Prior to arriving at WVU, Matsumoto served as director for the Center of Research Excellence in Natural Products Neuroscience at the University of Mississippi.  She is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Association of Colleges and Pharmacy and the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  

 Rae Matsumoto, Ph.D.


Michael Newton, Pharm.D., is a Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties’ certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP).  Dr. Newton is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. He also serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist in Ambulatory Oncology for West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

Newton, a WVU alumnus, returned to his alma mater after serving as a clinical pharmacy specialist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute’s Ambulatory Infusion and Hematology Clinics in Tampa, Fla.

Newton received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at WVU. He completed a specialty residency in Adult Internal Medicine at WVU Hospitals. As a BCOP, Newton’s goal is to bring in-depth oncology experiences to pharmacy students and enhance patient care at WVU.

 Michael Newton, Pharm.D.

Cindy Tworek, Ph.D.,is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy. Tworek also serves as a core investigator for the Cancer Center’s Translational Tobacco Reduction Program (T2R2).

She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Community Health from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She recently worked as an associate research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

Tworek’s past research is associated with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Research Institute for Addictions. Her areas of specialization include health behavior, health policy, tobacco control, substance abuse prevention and community intervention.  

   Cindy Tworek, Ph.D.

For more information about the WVU School of Pharmacy, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.

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For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, (304) 293-7192
mk/jt: 02-14-2008

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