Generating, integrating, and translating scientific data between bench and bedside, between patient and population


The annual meeting, “Heart Failure Management 2016: Precision Medicine to Personalize Care.” was held in Amelia Island, FL, July 14-17. This is the longest running meeting dedicated to the care of patients with heart failure. It is co-directed by Kirk Adams, M.D. (UNC School of Medicine) and Herb Patterson, Pharm.D. (UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy) and had over 200 attendees. Shown here with Patterson are (left to right) Jo Ellen Rodgers, Pharm.D. (faculty), and DPET Pharm.D. fellows Judy Hsu, Natalie Pearce, Ahmed Aldemerdash, Erika Giblin and Prani Paka.

Kashuba lab

The Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics has the unique responsibility within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to provide classroom and clinical instruction for pharmacy students in the practice of pharmacy and to train graduate and postgraduate pharmacists in the principles of translational research. We engage in innovative teaching and research, preparing our students to be professional and scientific leaders.

Dennis WilliamsDPET is a rapidly growing division focused on collaborative clinical and translational research projects, with a special emphasis on developing world-class programs in pharmacogenomics, quantitative pharmacology, and experimental therapeutics. Current research centers around the following therapeutic areas: oncology, cardiovascular, HIV, and gastroenterology/hepatology. The Division’s graduate program focuses on developing translational research skills that facilitate evaluation of the mechanisms of disease processes and drug therapy. Students utilize preclinical models and conduct patient-oriented research to evaluate mechanisms of disposition, efficacy, and toxicity of therapeutic agents.

Our division faculty include clinical practitioners who bring insights from the patient-care setting to their teaching, translational research, and professional service activities. Many of our faculty hold joint appointments in the UNC School of Medicine, the Department of Pharmacy at UNC Hospitals, and other allied health schools. They lend their expertise through speaking engagements, hold membership on advisory panels and committees, and play important roles in local, state, national, and international organizations.


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    Gauri Rao Joins DPET as Assistant Professor

    Gauri Rao, Pharm.D., M.S., has joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experiential Education. Rao’s principal research interests surround quantitative systems pharmacology, and she is working to understand the … Continued


Our members include:

  • 25 faculty members
  • 22 graduate students
  • 16 clinical fellows
  • Six postdoctoral research scientists

The division houses six centers and programs, including:

Postgraduate research opportunities are provided through a variety of fellowship programs, including:

  • Heart Failure Pharmacotherapy
  • HIV Pharmacology
  • Oncology
  • Clinical Research and Drug Development
  • Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Research