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Faculty Spotlight

The School of Pharmacy has a faculty from a variety of backgrounds with wide-ranging research programs that cover every facet of pharmacy practice and drug development. Click on the profiles below to read about some of our faculty members and their work.

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Susan Blalock

"I think that community pharmacists have an incredible amount of potential to improve drug-therapy outcomes by working with patients because they are in regular and continuous contact with patients." | READ MORE

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Kim Brouwer

"During my training, I realized that there was a career's worth of work to be done in understanding how the liver handles drugs, and why some drugs cause liver damage." | READ MORE

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Stefanie Ferreri

"Community pharmacy patients are ambulatory, and as pharmacists we can help prevent them from going to the hospital. That's where I think we can have the biggest impact." | READ MORE

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Leaf Huang

"We try to silence those genes that are important to the growth of cancer cells. If we succeed in silencing those genes, the cancer can’t grow any more." | READ MORE

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Michael Jarstfer

"Mortality is an evolutionary trait that protects us against cancer. So it's a tradeoff: You can be mortal and not get cancer or be immortal and get cancer, which would kill you anyway." | READ MORE

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Michael Jay

"Injectable forms don't make good products for a national stockpile ... everything is easier with an oral form." | READ MORE

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Rudy Juliano

"I was very impressed with the developments at the School of Pharmacy in terms of the evolution of the research efforts ... It just seemed like an interesting opportunity to get re-involved in research administration in a very dynamic atmosphere. | READ MORE

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Angela Kashuba

"During my fellowship, as I started looking for my own research niche, I realized that there were lots of pharmacology and interaction questions about HIV." | READ MORE

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Harold Kohn

"The mentoring program has been a wonderful program for me to be a part of. There are things in life that have downsides along with the upsides, but this one is all up." | READ MORE

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David Lawrence

"One of the people on my thesis committee thought I was nuts. ... His response was, 'Well, time will tell whether it’s a good idea or not.' But you could tell that he was just really not convinced." | READ MORE

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K. H. Lee

"Every day we discover something new … every day we find something that is useful to treat an illness. It is a joy." | READ MORE

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Jian Liu

"The pig stuff has served us well for 50 years and is very inexpensive, but if we cannot control the supply chain, we cannot ensure the safety of the drug. I am working for the day when synthetic heparin can be brewed in large laboratories at a low cost." | READ MORE

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Howard McLeod

"In cancer and almost every other area of medicine, there are multiple drugs that work. But none of them work on more than half the patients." | READ MORE

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Russell Mumper

"The promise of nanotechnology was always there. However, the reduction to practice was lagging. But now it's been reduced to practice in many areas of the pharmaceutical sciences, and these products are having visible commercial success." | READ MORE

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Adam Persky

"I was absolutely terrified ... I was like, 'I know nothing about nutrition. I eat doughnuts for breakfast. What do I know about nutrition?' They said, 'Don’t worry about it. These are freshmen and sophomores. They know nothing.' " | READ MORE

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Jo Ellen Rodgers

"Now they can attempt to apply what they have learned prior to leaving the classroom and, perhaps more importantly, I have instant feedback on which concepts they do or do not understand." | READ MORE

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Scott Singleton

"By suppressing the action of RecA—either by targeting the ATP binding sites so the enzyme has no energy to carry out repairs or by plugging the "thumb hole" needed to form the chain with a peptide—we could drastically slow bacterial reproduction." | READ MORE

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Betsy Sleath

"In all my research, my main goal is hoping that the study will help patients somehow, to help them be able to better communicate with their providers or have the providers better communicate with them ..." | READ MORE

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Dhiren Thakker

"We will be competing for students. We will be competing for faculty. We will be competing for employment opportunities for our graduates with all these people. And you can’t do that very effectively if you assume that you don’t really need to be involved [globally]." | READ MORE

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Alex Tropsha

"My scientific life is impossible without collaborating with extraordinary bright people who have either similar or complementary research interests to mine — computer scientists on one side, biologists and pharmacologists on the other." | READ MORE

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Xiao Xiao

"I think that for the long run, gene therapy is going to be a therapy for a lot of diseases—not only for genetic diseases, but also for acquired diseases like AIDS, Parkinson’s, ALS, and hepatitis." | READ MORE

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