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Colleen Piersen

Research Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Assistant Department Head for Administration, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director of Research Services, College of Pharmacy, Office of the Dean



833 South Wood St., M/C 781, Chicago, IL

Office Phone:

(312) 413-9299 (work)

Selected Publications

Breemen, RB, Liang, W, Banuvar, S, Shulman, LP, Pang, Y, Tao, Y, Nikolic, D, Krock, KM, Fabricant, DS, Chen, S‐N, Hedayat, S, Bolton, JL, Pauli, GF, Piersen, CE, Krause, EC, Geller, SE, Farnsworth, NR. (2010). Pharmacokinetics of 23‐Epi‐26‐Deoxyactein in Women After Oral Administration of a Standardized Extract of Black Cohosh. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 87, (2), 219-225. doi:10.1038/clpt.2009.251.

Krause, EC, Piersen, Colleen, Booth, NL, Farnsworth, NR. (2010). Red Clover (Trifolium pratense L.). Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements. Marcel Dekker, Inc..

Geller, Stacie E, Shulman, Lee P, van Breemen, Richard B, Banuvar, Suzanne, Zhou, Ying, Epstein, Geena, Hedayat, Samad, Nikolic, Dejan, Krause, Elizabeth C, Piersen, Colleen E, Bolton, Judy L, Pauli, Guido F, Farnsworth, Norman R. (2009). Safety and efficacy of black cohosh and red clover for the management of vasomotor symptoms. Menopause The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, 16, (6), 1156-1166. doi:10.1097/gme.0b013e3181ace49b.

Booth, Nancy L, Piersen, Colleen E, Banuvar, Suzanne, Geller, Stacie E, Shulman, Lee P, Farnsworth, Norman R. (2006). Clinical studies of red clover (Trifolium pratense) dietary supplements in menopause: a literature review. Menopause The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, 13, (2), 251-264. doi:10.1097/01.gme.0000198297.40269.f7.

Piersen, CE, Booth, NL, Sun, Y, Liang, W, Burdette, JE, van Breemen, RB, Geller, SE, Gu, C, Banuvar, S, Shulman, LP, Bolton, JL, Farnsworth, NR. (2004). Chemical and biological characterization and clinical evaluation of botanical dietary supplements: a phase I red clover extract as a model.. Current Medicinal Chemistry, 11, (11), 1361-1374. doi:10.2174/0929867043365134.

Booth, NL, Piersen, CE. (2004). Red clover (Trifolium pratense). Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements. (pp. 587-602). doi:10.1081/E-EDS-120022126.

Burdette, Joanna E, Liu, Jianghua, Chen, Shao-nong, Fabricant, Daniel S, Piersen, Colleen E, Barker, Eric L, Pezzuto, John M, Mesecar, Andrew, van Breemen, Richard B, Farnsworth, Norman R, Bolton, Judy L. (2003). Black Cohosh Acts as a Mixed Competitive Ligand and Partial Agonist of the Serotonin Receptor. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 51, (19), 5661-5670. doi:10.1021/jf034264r.

Harris, Jeffrey D, Piersen, Colleen E. (2003). Cloning and expression of cynomolgus monkey and baboon zona pellucida proteins. Molecular Reproduction and Development, 65, (3), 237-244. doi:10.1002/mrd.10288.

Piersen, Colleen E. (2003). Phytoestrogens in Botanical Dietary Supplements: Implications for Cancer. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 2, (2), 120-138. doi:10.1177/1534735403002002004.

Professional Leadership

Board of Visitors, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Basic Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2019 - Present

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Biological Sciences Section, Students in Research Committee (SiRC), 2019 - Present

Ad hoc journal reviewer, 2004 - Present

Notable Honors

2018, 2018-2020 UI Academic Professional Leadership Program (APLP), inaugural cohort,


MBA, Alaska Pacific University, United States, 1999
PhD, Vanderbilt University, United States, 1993
BA, Carleton College, United States, 1988

Postgraduate Training:
Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow, Zonagen, Inc., United States, 1997
Academic Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas Medical Branch, United States, 1996
Predoctoral NIH NRSA Fellow, Vanderbilt University, United States, 1993

Licensures and Certifications

Research Integrity, Society of Research Administrators International, 2010 - Present
Research Law, Society of Research Administrators International, 2009 - Present