Mary Michaelis

  • Professor Emeritus
  • School of Pharmacy - Pharmacology & Toxicology
Simons Biosciences Research Lab
University of Kansas
2095 Constant Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66047


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (1978)
  • M.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (1968)
  • B.S., Webster University, St. Louis, MO (1966)

Research Overview

Mary Michaelis received her undergraduate training in experimental psychology, with the goal of contributing to the understanding of how brain activity controls behavioral output. Her primary focus was on neurochemistry As a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, she developed a research program focused on the aging brain and drug discovery for age-dependent neurodegenerative diseases.

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU