Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases.
To contact Derek email him directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would be neglecting my duties if I didn't mention Adam Feuerstein's "Worst Biotech CEO of 2011" voting, which is going on here. If you have a strong opinion on this matter - and opinions on such things tend to be strong - then hop over and make yours known.