School of Pharmacy

Gail Anderson

Professor, Department of Pharmacy; Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, Department of Neurological Surgery, UW Medicine

Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Faculty

Telephone: (206) 685-1864


Office Location: H361A Box 357630 1959 NE Pacific St Seattle WA 98195

Website: PubMed


  • PhD in Pharmaceutics, University of Washington
  • Master of Science in Pharmacy Practice, University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Clinical pharmacokinetics
  • Epilepsy and neurotrauma

Courses Taught

  • Pharm 561 and 562: Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Pharm 549: Drug therapy for the elderly
  • Pharm 533: Pharmacokinetics
  • Pceut 532: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Pceut 533: Biopharmaceutics and drug delivery
  • Med Chem 525: Alternative and Complementary Medicine (online)


Gail D. Anderson, PhD, obtained her academic education from the University of Washington where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Master of Science in Pharmacy Practice and PhD in Pharmaceutics. She completed a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacokinetics at the State University of New York at Buffalo and an NIH training fellowship at the Regional Epilepsy center at UW Medical Center. Her research interests include treatment issues in traumatic brain injury and epilepsy, pharmacokinetics and drug interactions.

Dr. Anderson has been an investigator on numerous federal and industry funded research grants and is author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and chapters. She teaches clinical pharmacokinetics and antiepileptic drugs to students in a variety of health professional programs, including pharmacy, nursing and physician assistants. Dr. Anderson also offers a self-paced online course on natural products. In 2005, she won the UW Gibaldi Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2011 the Distinguished Alumna for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Science and Research Award from the UW School of Pharmacy. Dr. Anderson is active in various pharmacy and epilepsy professional organizations and has been on the professional advisory board of the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest since 1993. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Clinical Pharmacokinetics and as a grant reviewer for several National Institutes of Health review committees including, NCCAM, NINDS and NICHD.

Selected Publications

  • Anderson GD, Hakimian S. Pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs in patients with hepatic and renal impairment. Clin Pharmacokinet 2014; 53:29-39.
  • Vonder Haar C, Anderson GD, Elmore BE, Moore LH, Bunton AM, Kantor ED, Farin FM, Bammler TK, Macdonald JW, Hoane MR. Comparison of the Effect of Minocycline and Simvastatin on Functional Recovery and Gene Expression in a Rat Traumatic Brain Injury Model. J Neurotrauma. 2013 Dec 5; ePUB ahead of print.
  • Anderson GD, Peterson TC, Vonder Haar C, Farin FM, Bammler TK, Kantor ED, MacDonald JW, Hoane MR. Comparison of the effects of erythropoietin and anakinra on functional recovery and gene expression in a traumatic brain injury model. Front Neurosci. 2013 Oct 17; 4:129. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2013.00129.
  • Ruddy J, Emerson J, Moss R, Genatossio A, McNamara S, Burns JL, Anderson GD, Rosenfeld M. Sputum tobramycin concentrations in cystic fibrosis patients with repeated administration of inhaled tobramycin. J Aerosol Med Pulm Drug Deliv. 2013 Apr; 26(2):69-75.
  • Anderson GD, Peterson TC, Farin FM, Bammler TK, Beyer RP, Kantor ED, Hoane MR. The effect of nicotinamide on gene expression in a traumatic brain injury model. Front Neurosci. 2013 Feb 26; 7:21.
  • Peterson TC, Anderson GD, Kantor ED, Hoane MR. A comparison of the effects of nicotinamide and progesterone on functional recovery of cognitive behavior following cortical contusion injury in the rat. J Neurotrauma. 2012 Dec 10; 29(18):2823-30.
  • Jimenez N, Anderson GD, Shen DD, Nielsen SS, Farin FM, Seidel K, Lynn AM. Is ethnicity associated with morphine’s side effects in children? Morphine pharmacokinetics, analgesic response, and side effects in children having tonsillectomy. Paediatr Anaesth. 2012 Jul; 22(7):669-75.
  • Anderson GD, Saneto RP. Current Oral and Non-oral Routes and Antiepileptic Drug Delivery. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2012 Jul; 64(10):911-8.
  • Vonder Haar C, Anderson GD, Hoane MR. Continuous nicotinamide administration improves behavioral recovery and reduces lesion size following bilateral frontal controlled cortical impact injury. Behav Brain Res. 2011 Oct 31; 224(2):311-7.
  • Anderson GD, Farin FM, Bammler TK, Beyer RP Swan A, Wilkerson HW, Kantor ED, Hoane MR. The effect of progesterone dosing on gene expression following traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma. 2011 Sep; 28(9):1827-43.
  • Lynn AM, Bradford H, Kantor ED, Andrew M, Vicini P, Anderson GD. Ketorolac tromethamine: stereo-specific pharmacokinetics and single-dose use in postoperative infants aged 2-6 months. Paediatr Anaesth. 2011 Mar; 21(3):325-34.