Distinguished scientist: DJ Murry, PharmD

February 11, 2022

Image with caption: DJ Murry, PharmD

DJ Murry, PharmD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony on Feb. 24 for UNMC's 2021 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist, New Investigator and Community Service to Research Award recipients.

Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award -- which is sponsored by the chancellor -- recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

  • Name: Daryl (DJ) Murry, PharmD 
  • Title: Professor, UNMC Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy 
  • Joined UNMC: November 2015 
  • Hometown: Columbus Junction, Iowa

Research focus:   

  • Personalized therapeutics
  • Pharmacology 

Why is research important in the world today? Research is critical in the world today to help us generate new knowledge to improve all aspects of society. For every breakthrough, there are new, unanswered questions that must be researched. 

My research will make a difference because:  

My research will increase our knowledge of patient specific factors that influence drug response, toxicity and outcome and lead to the development of strategies to optimize drug use across disease states. 

The best advice I’ve ever received is:  

Sometimes research can be a slog (his words), continue to push through. Surround yourself with talented people who share the desire to make a difference in the life of a patient and who have the ability to collaborate across disciplines. It will make your research journey much more memorable.   

Three things you may not know about me are: 

  • I grew up on a farm and am a first-generation college graduate. 
  • My wife, Janice, and I have three children, Logan, Rylan and Jenae, and a 13-year-old dog, Taz.  
  • I have a large comic book collection dating back to the 1960s. 

Patsy Taylor
February 16, 2022 at 3:33 AM

Hey D.J., it's Patsy Pugh!! This is so COOL!! I work in a pharmacy, too!! I guess we both came from the "farm" to the "pharm"!! Way to make our Class of '82 proud. CONGRATS!!

Eardie Curry
February 15, 2022 at 11:24 AM

Congratulations, Dr. Murry!

Todd Forbes
February 14, 2022 at 6:19 PM

Good thing I helped you get through Biology in High School! Congrats!

Brad L Richards
February 14, 2022 at 1:17 AM

Congratulations young man. I graduated CJ with your Mom in ‘72, and have seen your mom’s proud comments of her kids and grandkids. So proud of what you are doing with your work/research. Their will be countless of individuals you will have saved in your lifetime. Keep up the good work. P.s. tell your mom hi for me when she gets to Omaha for your well deserved recognition.

Matt Clark
February 13, 2022 at 2:07 PM

So awesome. You may not remember me but we graduated from high school together…this makes me proud. Congratulations…Matt Clark

Deb Kempker
February 11, 2022 at 5:33 PM


Susan Thomas
February 11, 2022 at 1:31 PM

Congratulations! Did not know about the comic books!

Laura Bilek
February 11, 2022 at 12:43 PM

Congratulations, DJ! A well-deserved honor.

Vinai Thomas
February 11, 2022 at 12:24 PM

Congratulations DJ on this well deserved award!

February 11, 2022 at 11:45 AM

Congratulations Dr Murry

Hanh Vo
February 11, 2022 at 10:32 AM

Congrats, DJ! Very well deserved!

Anthony Podany
February 11, 2022 at 10:28 AM

Congrats DJ!

james ford
February 11, 2022 at 9:55 AM

congratulations DJ!

jawed Siddiqui
February 11, 2022 at 9:40 AM

Congratulations, Dr. Murry.

Babu Guda
February 11, 2022 at 9:11 AM

Congratulations DJ.

Kerry Rodabaugh
February 11, 2022 at 9:03 AM


John S Davis
February 11, 2022 at 8:48 AM

Congrats DJ! It is a pleasure to work with you!

Jessica Semin
February 11, 2022 at 8:46 AM

Congratulations, Dr. Murry!

Moorthy Ponnusamy
February 11, 2022 at 8:23 AM

Congratulations Dr. Murry!

Michelle Varney
February 11, 2022 at 8:10 AM

Congratulations DJ. Well desreved!

Yashpal singh chhonker
February 11, 2022 at 6:51 AM

Congratulations Dr Murry 👏🏻

Guangshun Wang
February 11, 2022 at 6:36 AM

Congratulations, DJ!