The Stephen and Mary Krop Lectureship in Pharmacology

Dr. Stephen Krop’s association with Georgetown University began in the 1930s when he was working on the actions and detection of barbiturates in the brain with Dr. Theodore Koppanyi, the first Chair of Pharmacology.  After completing his Masters studies in Biochemistry at Georgetown,  he entered the Pharmacology Ph.D. program at Cornell University Medical College in New York City where he worked with internationally renowned pharmacologist, the late Harry Gold.

Dr. Krop held leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry (Squibb, Johnson and Johnson) and in what is now the Chemical Defense Branch of the U.S. Army. He ultimately retired as Chief of the Drug Pharmacology Branch of the FDA.

Over the years, Dr. Krop made significant contributions to the field of pharmacology.  He furthered our understanding of the actions of,  and treatment for, chemical warfare agents.  He was a pioneer in the chemical detection of drugs in body tissue and the quantification of renal and gastrointestinal functions.  He passed away in 2005.

Dr. Krop was married to Mary Lulick and had four children: Elaine, Marianne, Paul and Thomas.  Paul and Tom have retired from their Virginia Beach Orthopedic and Dermatology practices, respectively, and have been gracious in support of this lectureship


  • 2023 Lorraine Gudas, Ph.D.
  • 2022 Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D.
  • 2019 Yvette Taché, Ph.D.
  • 2018 Gavril Pasternak, M.D. Ph.D.
  • 2017 David M. Lovinger, Ph.D.
  • 2016 Kenneth J. Kellar, Ph.D.
  • 2015 Michela Gallagher, Ph.D.
  • 2014 George F. Koob, Ph.D.
  • 2013 Joel Elmquist, D.V.M., Ph.D.
  • 2012 Gregg Semenza, Ph.D.
  • 2011 Bruce Freeman, Ph.D.
  • 2010 Edward Levin, Ph.D.
  • 2008 Maryka Quik, Ph.D.
  • 2007 Mark Sussman, Ph.D.
  • 2006 Paul Aisen, M.D.
  • 2004 Kathleen Sulik, Ph.D.
  • 2003 Curtis Klaasen, Ph.D.
  • 2002 Raphael Witorsch, Ph.D.
  • 2001 David Clauw, M.D.
  • 2000 Donald Henderson, M.D., Ph.D.