Spotlight on Dr. John Schloss
By Brent Davis and John Schloss, PhD
Dr. Schloss has appointments in both the School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine: Chair of Pharmaceutical Science, Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Associate Dean of Research, School of Pharmacy; and, Senior Associate Dean for Basic Sciences, Research and Faculty Affairs, School of Medicine. His current research interests are in nutrition and nutraceuticals from a mechanistic and enzymological perspective. Here is his story:
My greatest influence growing up was my father. He said he wanted to be so tough on me that I would never be afraid of anyone. He succeeded, unfortunately too well, for which I am forever grateful. My mother and father were loving parents who lived for their children. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t miss them. In high school I was voted Vice-President of Campus Life (a Christian organization), in absentia. Although there was a long period during which I had a crisis of faith, and considered myself agnostic, my belief in God has grown stronger over the years and become the rock upon which I am based.
My father (deceased) was a policeman for the St. Louis PD, and a Special Agent, Division Special Agent for the Frisco Railroad, my mother (deceased) worked for AT&T as an executive secretary during WWII and was a homemaker after I was born (first child). I have two children: a boy and a girl. On April 12, 2022, my daughter’s first child was born making me a grandfather. My wife, Marietta, is originally from Mexico City and has three sons. Her middle son’s daughter recently had a daughter making Marietta a great grandmother.
Dr. Schloss comes to AUHS from a very distinguished career in research and pharmacy education. His research includes novel drug delivery systems, drug stabilization studies, and a device for the clinical study of tinnitus. He was instrumental in starting three new pharmacy programs before AUHS. Here at AUHS, his teaching has been recognized with a Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Schloss loves traveling with his wife and volunteering with the AUHS Foundation. For these, and many other reasons, we are shining this month’s spotlight on Dr. John V. Schloss, PhD.