Aaron Hilliard

Aaron Lamar Hilliard

Dean Pharmacy & Pharmacy Scien


Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Online appt's available

Current Semester Schedule

PHA 4019 Pharmaceutical Sciences III Tu. Th. 2:30 p.m.- 3:50 p.m.
PHA 4018 Integrated Sciences III Patient Safety & Toxicology Mon. Wed. & Fri 10:10 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
PHA 4569 Disease States III Tu. Th. 1:00 p.m. -2:15 p.m.
PHA 6533 Graduate Toxicology Mon. Wed 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
PHA 4510 Pharmacology/Toxicology I Mon. Wed 11:00 a.m- 1:00 p.m.
PHA 6513C Graduate Pharmacology Mon. Wed 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

About Me

Aaron L. Hilliard graduated from Florida Community College at Jacksonville in 1989 with an Associate in Arts degree. Dr. Hilliard continued his educational quest at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) where he received his Bachelor in Science degree in Biology. Dr. Hilliard attended and obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Meharry Medical College, where his dissertation work was primarily focused on environmental health issues in children, specifically the effects of developmental lead exposure on the developing brain.

After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Hilliard continued his research focusing on children and the environment at the John Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and Division of Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Hilliard was employed with the Florida Department of Health and held faculty appointments at the University of Florida for over 15 years. Dr. Hilliard has published several publications related to Breast Cancer and the developmental neurotoxicological effects of lead, and other chemicals impacting the environment.

In addition, Dr. Hilliard is the founder and Managing Member of Health Matters EMPT, an expert witnessing and consulting firm specializing in environmental, medical, pharmaceutical, and toxicological services.

Areas of Interest

  • Developmental effects of heavy metal and pesticide toxicity in human and animal models
  • Evaluating Nutriceuticals for the treatment of cancer
  • Identifying biomarkers related to breast, kidney & pancreatic cancer


  • Post Doctoral Fellowship
    Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health 1998-1999
  • Ph.D. – Pharmacology/Toxicology
    Meharry Medical College 1994-1998
  • B.S. – Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry
    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 1990-1994
  • A.A. – Pre-med
    Florida Community College 1987-1989

Work History

  • Associate Professor 2014-Current
    Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Managing Member 1998- Present
    Health Matters EMPT, (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor 2002-2007
    University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Assistant Research Professor, courtesy 2002-2014
    University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Gainesville, FL)
  • Assistant County Health Dept. Director 2007-2013
    Duval County Health Department, Jacksonville, FL
  • Director Environmental Health/Toxicology Division 1999-2007
    Duval County Health Department, (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Director of Research & Development 1994-1999
    Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development
    Biologics Research & Development Inc., (Jacksonville, FL)


Academic Accomplishments

  • Faculty of the Year, Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2023
  • Faculty Senator, College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health 2023
  • One Love Community Development Organization
  • Eastside Environmental Council
  • Leadership Jacksonville 2012
  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board
  • Agriculture and Environment Funding Committee
  • Mayor of Jacksonville: Growth Management Task Force
  • Poison Control Clinical Advisory Board
  • Citizens Health Advisory Council, Inc.
  • Dyson Pediatric Advisory Board
  • Jacksonville 2005 Super Bowl Host Committee

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • PHA 4019 Pharmaceutical Sciences III
  • PHA 4018 Integrated Sciences III Patient Safety & Toxicology
  • PHA 4569 Disease States III
  • PHA 3010 Pharmaceutical Science II
  • PHA 3010L Pharmaceutical Sciences II Lab
  • PHA 4572 Principles of Drug Action I
  • PHA 4573 Principles of Drug Action II
  • PHA 6514 Graduate Pharmacology II
  • PHA 6517 Pharmaceutical Concept Graduate
  • PHA 6518 Pharmaceutical Concept Graduate
  • PHA 6532 Human Health & Environmental Toxicology
  • PHA 6536 Human Health & Environmental Toxicology II
  • PHA 6534 Environmental Toxicology
  • PHA 6535 Advanced Toxicology
  • PHA 6907 Special Problems Pharmaceutical Science
  • PHA 4530 Principles of Toxicology
  • PHA 6533 Graduate Toxicology
  • PHA 6938 Research Seminar
  • PHA 4510 Pharmacology/Toxicology I
  • PHA 4511 Pharmacology/Toxicology II