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Patrick Iversen

Patrick (Pat) Iversen '76

BS Biology

Patrick (Pat) Iverson graduated from Westminster College in 1976 with a BS in Biology. Following graduation, Pat became a research technician at the University of Utah until 1979. He graduated with his Ph.D. in 1984 from the Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Utah. He was a postdoctoral fellow at The Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases in Omaha, Nebraska. While at Westminster he was a member of the science club and as he puts it “filled a space on the Golf Team.”

Pat’s professional career includes his current role as Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances for AVI BioPharma; Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center from 1987 to 1997; 21 years working in the antisense (genetic studies) field; inventor on 70 patents; researcher in the biomedical area where he has received 34 funded grants and contracts; he is a consultant for 12 companies and agencies in the antisense field, editor for two scientific journals, and has been a member of three different National Institute of Health study sections. He has published 200 peer reviewed articles, 9 editorials, 16 book chapters and 242 abstracts.

In addition to Pat’s professional career, he has found time to assist his community as an organizer for the UN Candlelight Vigil for Children in 1990; was board member for the Leukemia Society of America’s- Nebraska Chapter from 1995-98; National trustee for the Leukemia Society of America from 1997-98; and, in his spare time, is a region certified youth soccer referee. His hobbies include hiking, photography and scuba diving.

Pat and his wife, Laurie, live in Corvallis, Oregon and have two children. Their daughter, Abby, graduated in 2009 from Oregon State as an English major and their son, Phil, graduated from Crescent Valley High School this past May. Pat continues to encourage his son to attend Westminster.