Nicole Kwiek

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Nicole Kwiek, PhD

Secondary Title
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Unit / Department / Division
Pharmacy Education and Innovation
Academic Affairs
136A Parks Hall
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Professional Interests

Professional Interests

Dr. Kwiek’s research and outreach activities focus on the use of pharmacology as a context to engage science learners of all ages. She co-founded and leads Generation Rx, a national educational initiative aimed at promoting awareness of safe medication-taking practices and the dangers of prescription drug misuse. She created and launched the Generation Rx Laboratory, an educational research laboratory at the Center for Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio. She also created the popular Pills, Potions, and Poisons summer science enrichment program for high school students. In addition to her research and outreach work, Dr. Kwiek leads the College of Pharmacy’s undergraduate programming, including the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program, the Pharmaceutical Science minor, and General Education teaching. In her role, she is actively involved with curricular development and implementation, program creation, and enhancement of the university student experience.


  • 2007, Postdoctoral training, Duke University
  • 2005, Ph.D., Duke University
  • 2000, B.S., Ohio University Athens


  • Inductee, Academy of Pharmacology Educators, 2016
  • Best Oral Presentation, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, 2014
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008

Journal Articles

Maxwell WD, Fabel PH, Diaz V, Walkow JC, Kwiek NC, Kanchanaraksa S, Wamsley M, Chen A, Bookstaver PB. Massive open online courses in U.S. healthcare education: Practical considerations and lessons learned from implementation. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2018 Jun;10(6):736-743. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2018.03.013. Epub 2018 Apr 7. PMID: 30025774.

Le VT, Norris Turner A, McDaniel A, Hale KM, Athas C, Kwiek NC. Nonmedical use of over-the-counter medications is significantly associated with nonmedical use of prescription drugs among university students. J Am Coll Health. 2018 Jan;66(1):1-8. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2017.1356312. Epub 2017 Sep 15. PMID: 28812451.

Turner AN, Maierhofer C, Funderburg NT, Snyder B, Small K, Clark J, Bazan JA, Kwiek NC, Kwiek JJ. High levels of self-reported prescription opioid use by HIV- positive individuals. AIDS Care. 2016 Dec;28(12):1559-1565. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1198746. Epub 2016 Jun 20. PMID: 27320493; PMCID: PMC5137247.

Kwiek NC, Halpin MJ, Reiter JP, Hoeffler LA, Schwartz-Bloom RD. Relevance. Pharmacology in the high-school classroom. Science. 2007 Sep 28;317(5846):1871-2. doi: 10.1126/science.1146811. PMID: 17901318.

Kwiek NC, Thacker DF, Haystead TA. Dual kinase-mediated regulation of PITK by CaMKII and GSK3. Cell Signal. 2007 Mar;19(3):593-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2006.08.009. Epub 2006 Aug 30. PMID: 17023142.

Kwiek NC, Thacker DF, Datto MB, Megosh HB, Haystead TA. PITK, a PP1 targeting subunit that modulates the phosphorylation of the transcriptional regulator hnRNP K. Cell Signal. 2006 Oct;18(10):1769-78. doi: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2006.01.019. Epub 2006 Feb 28. PMID: 16564677.