Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The department consists of ten faculty members with diverse backgrounds. Areas of expertise include traditional disciplines such as medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, therapeutics, molecular biology, pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics. In addition, six of the department members are registered pharmacists and one is a physician.

Faculty in the department teach courses in pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics, and share teaching responsibilities with faculty in the department of pharmacy practice in our integrated curriculum which combines pathophyisiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics  and therapeutics. Faculty members also engage in research/scholarship in the areas of  molecular and cancer biology, nanotechnology, pharmacokinetics, organic synthesis and genotoxicology with a primary goal of drug discovery.


Members of the department of pharmaceutical sciences support the College of Pharmacy’s mission by:

  • Providing instruction related to the pharmaceutical sciences  in the Pharm.D. curriculum
  • Contributing to new scientific knowledge through presentations and publications
  • Serving as mentors for both undergraduate and graduate student research
  • Active participation in local, state and national scientific and professional organizations

Mission 

The department of pharmaceutical sciences is committed to providing high quality, science-based education to pharmacy students, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. This education emphasizes critical thinking and the development ​of problem-solving skills enabling the delivery of innovative and cost-effective healthcare services through the application of relevant scientific principles, research and life-long learning. 

Goals

The department of pharmaceutical sciences has three primary goals centered around teaching, service and research.

 
1. Teaching

To provide a science-based pharmacy education for the development of contemporary pharmacists that:
  • Affords a sound understanding of the scientific basis of pharmacy practice
  • Enables development of innovative science-based practice models that offer unique patient services
  • Anticipates new scientific and professional opportunities and challenges that the changing roles among healthcare professionals will bring to the practice of the profession
  • Promotes knowledge of scientific and technological advances that could impact pharmacy practice
  • Promotes interest in pursuing a pharmacy career as a clinician-scientist
2. Service
To develop a spirit of service to the College of Pharmacy, the University and the profession of pharmacy:
  • All faculty will be actively involved in scientific/professional organizations
  • Activities include:
    • Membership
    • Office holding
    • Meeting attendance and participation
  • All faculty will also serve (on a shared basis) on:
    • School Committees
    • College of Health Professions Committees
    • Senate Ad Hoc Committees

3. Research

To develop an environment that fosters research and scholarship:

  • All department faculty will be involved in research/scholarly activities through:
    • Publication of articles in peer-reviewed professional journals
    • Presentation at professional meetings (local, regional and national)
    • Extramural grant submission
  • Develop a student summer research program:
    • Introduce students to formulation of a hypothesis
    • Experimental verification of the given hypothesis