Dr. Lebo Honored with Faculty Senate Service Award for Exceptional Work During Pandemic

David Lebo, PhD, RPh, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of CGMP Services at the School of Pharmacy, has been awarded a 2020-2021 Temple University Faculty Senate Service Award for his outstanding service to the School, University, and community at large. The Faculty Senate will formally announce the awards in a virtual celebration in April 2021.

Nominations for Faculty Senate Service Awards are submitted by faculty colleagues. Drs. Ellen Walker and Van Hellerslia submitted Dr. Lebo’s nomination, noting his exceptional efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the utilization of the School’s CGMP facility as a hand sanitizer manufacturing operation. From March to October 2021, Dr. Lebo and his only assistant Justine Williams produced 600 liters of the formula for Temple University Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and The Bethesda Project (homeless services). This effort facilitated safe operations while the country faced a shortage of supplies.

Compared to his fellow faculty who were faced with switching to virtual instruction, Dr. Lebo faced extra challenges. His teaching responsibilities include critical hands-on laboratory training. Starting in September, his course had to be delivered in a hybrid format. It required him to teach the same material in the lab repeatedly to eight cohorts of students.

Despite this above-and-beyond activity, Dr. Lebo and Ms. Williams continued manufacturing pharmaceutical agents for three major clinical trials, including one focused on the use of hydroxychloroquine for the management of COVID-19.

Dr. Lebo’s overall effort this past year was nothing short of wartime. For his passion, dedication, and commitment to the promotion and preservation of health in our communities, the School of Pharmacy is proud and privileged to recognize Dr. Lebo for his achievements and contributions.