Clinical pharmacy research has drastically transformed and improved the practice of medicine over the last half century. Even greater benefits can be realized over the next fifty years, if clinicians capitalize on the many remarkable developments in fundamental science. Join the ranks of student research and help shape the future of clinical pharmacy and the practice of medicine.

Researchers

Name Research Areas
Dr. Braden Adamson, PharmD
Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy
801-878-1085
badamson@roseman.edu
I received my PharmD from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona in 2013. I then completed a PGY1/PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency in San Antonio, TX. I currently practice at St. Mark’s Hospital in a mixed Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine position.
HCAP
Cost
Pneumonia
Pseudomonas
Aureus
Current Research Interests/Projects
Use large national databases to assess morbidity and mortality of specific pneumonia pathogens.
Dr. Ragini Bhakt, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
702-968-2028
rbhakta@roseman.edu
Dr. Bhakta graduated from University of the Pacific, College of Pharmacy and worked as a clinical pharmacist in Cardiology at the University of Kansas Hospital before joining Roseman University. She has been with Roseman University since 2008 and precepts Institutional Practice, Research, and Cardiology APPEs at St. Rose Dominican Hospital.
Publications

  • Nephrotoxicity rates comparing extended interval and traditional dosing of aminoglycosides.
  • Vancomycin nephrotoxicity rates in obese patients
  • Capstone scores and number of faculty led APPEs: is there a correlation?

Memberships & Appointments

  • Treasurer – NVSHP
Capstone
APPEs
Aminoglycoside
Vancomycin
Current Research Interests/Projects
Comparing aminoglycoside extended interval dosing to conventional dosing with regards to nephrotoxicity risk. Comparing Capstone scores to number of faculty led APPEs (correlation).
Dr. Surajit Dey, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
702-968-2056
sdey@roseman.edu
Dr. Surajit Dey is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Roseman University of Health Sciences. Dr. Dey received his Bachelor’s in Pharmacy in 1997 and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2004. He has been a faculty member since 2004 and currently teaches Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics in the PharmD curriculum. Dr. Dey’s primary research interests are in the areas of ocular drug delivery and wound healing focusing on novel treatment options for age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Dey is very active in both university-level and college-level committees and is the current president of the University Faculty Senate and faculty advisor to the University Student Government Association. Dr. Dey is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and serves as an assistant editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology
Journals

  • Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (IOVS)Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (JPS)

Additional Links
www.arvo.org
nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen

Ocular diseases
Macular Degeneration
Stress and Quality of Life
Drug Delivery
Pharmacokinetics
Current Research Interests/Projects
My current research projects are focused on finding novel therapeutic strategies for age related macular degeneration. The goal is to enable the restoration of vision through regeneration of the retina. In addition, we are looking at drug delivery strategies for sight threatening diseases.
Dr. Dustin Grant, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
801-878-1090
dgrant@roseman.edu
Dustin Tate Grant graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and obtained his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Wingate University. He completed a PGY1 residency with Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana and subsequently completed a PGY2 Internal Medicine residency with The University of Texas at Austin and Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas. Dr. Grant is currently an Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist at Intermountain Medical Center on the Medical Oncology unit. His daily activities include precepting pharmacy residents and students, participating in multidisciplinary rounds, working on quality improvement projects, and managing anticoagulation, glucose, and antibiotic management per collaborative practice agreements. He teaches at Roseman University College of Pharmacy in the areas of nephrology, gastroenterology, and critical care. His practice interests include academia, gastroenterology, nephrology, nutrition, infectious disease, and medication safety. Dr. Grant’s professional affiliations include The Rho Chi Society, Phi Delta Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Utah Association of Health-System Pharmacists.
Office hours: Monday 9am-5pm; Tuesday-Friday 2pm-5pm
Awards & Honors

  • April 2015 – Distinguished alumni award (Phi Delta Chi – Beta Omega Chapter)
  • April 2011 – Andrew Stout Award (Phi Delta Chi – Beta Omega Chapter)
  • April 2011 – The Beta Omega Spirit Award (Phi Delta Chi – Beta Omega Chapter)
  • April 2011 – The Dolson Award (Phi Delta Chi – Beta Omega Chapter)
  • April 2011 – The Snap Cup (Phi Delta Chi – Beta Omega Chapter)

Memberships & Appointments

  • Intermountain Medical Center’s Residency Advisory Committee, Phi Lambda Sigma, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Utah Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Phi Delta Chi, The Rho Chi Society, and American Pharmacists Association
Infectious disease
Oncology
Academic
Gastroparesis
Pharmacy
Current Research Interests/Projects
1. Evaluation of Oral Antibiotic Therapy in Streptococcal Bacteremia
2. Assessment of Febrile Neutropenia Management in Hospitalized Adult Cancer Patients
Other research interests: pharmacologic treatments of gastroparesis and medication dosing in liver disease.
Dr. Clarissa Gregory, PharmD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
801-507-5152
cgregory@roseman.edu
Clarissa Gregory, PharmD,  Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University Of Utah College of Pharmacy in 2013. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency at The University of Wyoming Family Medicine Practice and College of Pharmacy Residency in Casper, Wyoming. She is currently a clinical pharmacist in the Clinical Pharmacist Anticoagulation Service at Intermountain Medical Center and at the Senior Clinic at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.  Her daily activities include precepting pharmacy students and residents, managing anticoagulation per collaborative practice agreement, educating patients regarding anticoagulation therapy, and assisting in the management of medication therapy for geriatric patients.
Publications

  • “Assessment of Provider Awareness of FDA Drug Risk Communications Regarding Simvastatin, Citalopram, and Zolpidem at a Rural Family Medicine Residency Program”

Memberships & Appointments

  • Dr. Gregory is a member of The American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
Antiarrhythmics
Current Research Interests/Projects
Dr. Gregory is involved in the implementation of a pharmacist managed antiarrhythmic clinic at Intermountain Medical Center.  The pharmacist managed service will monitor amiodarone and dofetilide use and assess the impact of pharmacists in preventing adverse effects of these medications.
Dr. Mark Harper, PharmD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
801-391-6081
mharper@roseman.edu
I graduated in 1987 with a BS in pharmacy from the University of Utah and graduated again in 2005 with a PharmD from the University of Florida. I have worked in a hospital setting most of my career. Much of that time has been spent in Critical Care and Surgical Pharmacy. I’ve been with McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah since 1993 as a clinical pharmacist. I worked with the University of Florida Working Professional Pharmacy Doctor Program for approximately 4 years and taught my first class at Roseman in 2007.
Memberships & Appointments

  • ASHP
  • ACCP
  • USHP (Programs Committee)
  • SCCM
  • AACP
Current Research Interests/Projects
1. Working on a project looking at transition from P1 to P2 year
2. Working on a project with a clinical dietitian on holding tube feedings for 4 hours daily in selected patients for the administration of po medications that interact with the tube feeding formula.
3. Assisting on research with a new medication dispensing system
Dr. Rebecca Jayakumar, PharmD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
702-968-1670
rjayakumar@roseman.edu
Dr. Rebecca Jayakumar earned her B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University.  She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.  In pursuing her passion for infectious disease research, she completed a two-year infectious disease pharmacotherapy fellowship at Harford Hospital.  Currently, she is an assistant professor at Roseman University and maintains an infectious disease clinical site at Valley Hospital.
Publications & Presentations

  • Wiskirchen DE, Keel-Jayakumar RA, Nicolau DP.  Chapter 3:  Antibiotics Continuous Infusions and Intermittent Infusions. In Cohen H. Casebook in Clinical pharmacokinetics and Drug Dosing. 1st ed.  McGraw-Hill Medical.  2015
  • Bhalodi AA, Keel RA, Quintliani R, Lodise TP, Nicolau DP, Kuti JL.   Comparative pharmacokinetics   of  doripenem   in  infected   patients  treated  in-  and  out-side  the intensive care unit.  Ann Pharmacother.  2013;47(5):617-27
  • Kiratisin P, Keel RA, Nicolau DP.  Pharmacodynamic profiling of doripenem, imipenem and meropenem against prevalent Gram-negative organisms in the Asia-Pacific region. Int J Antimicrob Agents.  2013;41(1):47-51.
  • Ofstad W, Brady D, Schumann H, Munteanu J, Allen PA, Keel RA, Brunner LJ.  Integrating team-based learning and high-fidelity simulation for interprofessional education. 2013 Annual Meeting of American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  Chicago, IL.  July 13 – 17, 2013
  • Keel RA, Crandon JL, Nicolau DP.  Comparative efficacy of human simulated exposures of torezolid and linezolid against Staphylococcus aureus in the murine thigh model. Antimicrob Agents Chemother.  2012;56(8):4403-7
  • Keel RA, Crandon JL, Nicolau DP. Pharmacokinetics and Pulmonary Disposition of Torezolid and Linezolid in Three Murine Models.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother.  2012; 56(6):3420-2
  • Tessier PR, Keel RA, Hagihara M, Crandon JL, Nicolau DP.  Comparative in vivo efficacy of   epithelial   lining   fluid   exposures   of   tedizolid,   linezolid,   and   vancomycin   for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a mouse pneumonia model.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother.  2012; 56(5):2342-6
  • Housman ST, Keel RA, Crandon JL, Nicolau DP.  Efficacy of human simulated exposures of ceftaroline against phenotypically diverse Enterobacteriaceae isolates.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother.  2012;56(5):2576-80
  • Rich BS, Keel R, Pomp A, Dakin GF, Ho VP, Turbendian H, Afaneh C, Nicolau DP, Barie PS.    Cefepime dosing in the morbidity obese patient population.  Obes Surg.  2012; 22(3):465-71
  • Keel RA, Zhanel GG, Zelenitsky S, Nicolau DP.  Pharmacodynamic profiling of antimicrobials against Gram-negative respiratory isolates from Canadian hospitals. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol.  2011;22(4):132-6

Recent Research Grants

  • Antimicrobial  pharmacodynamics  against  Gram-negative  isolates  in  a community  setting. California  Northstate  University  College  of Pharmacy Seed Grant.  $3800.

Memberships & Appointments

  • Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP), American Society of Microbiology (ASM), American Society of Health System Pharmacist (ASHP), California Society of Health System Pharmacist (CSHP), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
Infectious Disease
Microbiology
Antibiotics
Infections
Current Research Interests/Projects
Dr. Jayakumar’s research interests include antimicrobial resistance, optimization of antimicrobials via pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and clinical outcomes.
Dr. H Stephen Lee, PharmD, MSc
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
702-968-5982
slee2@roseman.edu
H. Stephen Lee, PharmD, MSc, BSc (Honors), block coordinator, received a BSc degree (Honors) in Professional Biochemistry from Eastern Michigan University, a MSc degree in Medical Sciences (Physiology & Pharmacology) from the College of Medicine and the PharmD degree from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).  After completing the post-graduate pharmacy practice residency at the University Medical Center (UMC) of Southern Nevada, he was appointed as assistant professor and later associate professor (tenured) in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and then the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University in Michigan.  His professional interests are in clinical immunology, cardiology, and infectious diseases, as well as in exploring and implementing approach to enhance the learning of student pharmacists.  His clinical practice is in internal medicine/adult acute medical care at UMC of Southern Nevada, where he precepts both student pharmacists and pharmacy residents.
Publications

  • Crowe M, Lee HS, Michels H, Chaffee MS. The Impact of a Drug Therapy Monitoring Program at a Community Specialty Pharmacy. Poster, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, DC.  March 2010
  • i. Saadeh CE, Lee HS.  Panitumumab: A Fully Human Monoclonal Antibody with Activity in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer.  Ann. Pharmacotherapy, 2007:41(4):606-613.  PMID: 17355997

Awards & Honors

  • 2012, Outstanding Professor of the Year, university-wide award, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

Memberships & Appointments

  • APhA
  • ASHP
    NVHSP
Motivation
Student Performance
Autoimmune disease
Current Research Interests/Projects
My collaborators and I are evaluating what components in pre-pharmacy curriculum may predict the performance of students in the doctor of pharmacy program.  I am also interested in exploring more on how student motivation can impact on the student pharmacists’ performance in school too.
Dr. Christina Madison, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
702-759-1639
cmadison@roseman.edu
Dr. Madison is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice with Roseman University of Health Sciences (RU) formerly the University of Southern Nevada (USN) College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the USN – College of Pharmacy and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the New Mexico VA Health Care System. She maintains two active practice sites including the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) as well as University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMCSN). Her primary site (SNHD) focuses on patients in the following clinic settings; TB Infection and Control, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), HIV Infection and Prevention, Immunization, Women’s Health, and Disaster Preparedness policies and procedures including mass prophylaxis and vaccination. Her secondary practice site focuses on general Infectious Disease in an acute care setting with an emphasis on transition of care of communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis and HIV. Dr. Madison is an immunizing pharmacist that has been training student pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, and community pharmacists since 2008 in both Nevada and Utah. Dr. Madison is the past president of the Nevada Public Health Association and actively participates in both state and national pharmacy organizations to facilitate awareness of public health policy, education, and advocacy. She is passionately involved in the development of educational programming for pharmacies and pharmacists in relation to addressing the public health needs of the state of Nevada and Utah. She teaches in all three years of the pharmacy curriculum which includes pharmacy based immunization, pharmacy therapeutics, and clinical practice in a public health setting.
Publications & Presentations

  • Administering PEP and PrEP presented May 2015 at the Southern Nevada Chapter of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (HIV Update 2015)
  • Pharmacologic Issues in LTBI Treatment presented April 2015 at the Tools for TB Elimination: Early Case Finding and Prevention Conference sponsored by the Curry International Tuberculosis Center
  • Tricks of the Trade: Creative Means to Address Adherence presented November 2014 at the Networking for HIV Care: 15th Annual Autumn Update sponsored by the Nevada AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC)
  • Updates in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) presented October 2014 at the ACCP 2014 Annual Meeting
  • The ABC’s of HIV and HepC, Treating Co-infection in an Interferon free Age presented October 2014 CSHP Platform Presentation

Awards & Honors

  • April 2015- Silver Syringe Award (presented by Immunize Nevada) – recipient – Outstanding Pharmacy Immunization Program – Student Organization ACCPSN
  • September 2014 – Public Health Leader of the Year Award presented by the Nevada Public Health Association
  • August 2014 – Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition (SNIHC) Silver Syringe Award recipient – outstanding pharmacy immunization program (sexually health program at the SNHD)
  • March 2014 – Pharmacy Today One to One Patient Counseling Recognition Program American Pharmacist Association received – honorable mention (one of 10 pharmacists in the country)

Memberships & Appointments

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) – member since 2004
    • 2014 Annual Meeting Planning Committee Member
    • Chair of the Womens Health PRN 2014
  • American Society of Health System Pharmacist (ASHP) – member since 2001
  • American Pharmacist’s Association (APhA) – member since 2001
  • American Public Health Association (APHA) – member since 2013
  • California Society of Health System Pharmacists (CSHP) – member since 2013
    • Continuing Pharmacy Education Committee Member 2012, 2014
    • 2015 Chair-Elect for the Continuing Pharmacy Education Committee
  • Nevada Public Health Association (NPHA) – member since 2010
    • Past President 2013
Public health
infectious disease
Communicable disease
Women’s health
Pharmacist provider
Current Research Interests/Projects
Research interests include Health Information Technology (HIT), Medication Therapeutic Management (MTM), electronic medical records including e-prescribing, Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery, Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV, Tuberculosis, Infection and Control, and Women’s Health including contraception, emergency contraception, fertility awareness, and lactation.
Dr. Danielle Maila, PharmD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
801-878-1093
dmaila@roseman.edu
Dr. Maila received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2012.  After graduation, she relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to complete her PGY1 and PGY2 Oncology residency training at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.  She currently practices as part of the clinical oncology pharmacy team in the Cancer Center Infusion Clinic at Intermountain Medical Center.
Oncology
Pharmacy practice
Medication safety
Patient education
Current Research Interests/Projects
1. The development of a multi-disciplinary oral anticancer agent education management program at an outpatient academic cancer center
2. Chemotherapy order second-check and error discovery rates by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
Dr. Manas Mandal, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
Adjunct Faculty, College of Dental Medicine, College of Medicine
702-968-1610
mmandal@roseman.edu
Dr. Mandal received Bachelors (honours) and Masters degree in Human Physiology from the University of Calcutta, India. Afterwards he earned a Ph.D. degree from the Jadavpur University, Calcutta in 1992 working on snake venom vaccine development project at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine and Indian Institute of Chemical Biology. Post-doctoral research in cellular immunology was done at the Gwen Knapp Center for Lupus and Immunology Research, University of Chicago and University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. At the University of Michigan worked on a listeriolysin-O containing liposome vaccine delivery system  targeting MHC-I pathway of antigen processing to prime a cytotoxic T lymphocyte response using murine tumor and viral infection models. Dr. Mandal joined Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy in 2006 as an assistant professor to coordinate and teach immunology course for the PharmD students. He also teaches immunology to the students of Roseman University College of Dental Medicine and Orthodontics Residency Program. Dr. Mandal is an adjunct faculty at the Roseman University College of Medicine the and at the Touro University of Nevada where he teaches in Physicians’ Assistant Program and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. He taught a course in applied immunology and immunopathology to the PharmD students of Ohio Northern University as a guest faculty. He is an active member of American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and serves Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education and National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. His current research interest includes detection of salivary biomarker in orthodontics patients, use of bacterial toxin in vaccine delivery, marine toxin in drug discovery,drug-induced immune modulation and educational research. Dr. Mandal has published in major journals in toxinology, immunology and drug delivery. He also serves as a reviewer of journals, grants and abstracts for professional societies. Dr. Mandal gave invited talks and presentations in US and abroad and chaired scientific sessions. Dr. Mandal lives in Henderson, NV with his wife and two young daughters. He likes to spend time with his family, and enjoys photography, gardening, hiking and traveling.
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

  • Li, J*., Ryder C*., Mandal, M*., Ahmed, F., Azadi, P., Snyder, D. S,. Pechous, R. R,. Zahrt, T., and Thomas J. Inzana. 2007. Attenuation and protective efficacy of an O-antigen-deficient mutant of Francisella tularensis LVS. Microbiology, 153: 3143-3155. * Equal contribution.
  • Mandal, M., Kawamura, K., Wherry, E.J., Ahmed, R. and Lee K. -D. 2004.  Cytosolic delivery of viral nucleoprotein by listeriolysin O-liposome induces enhanced specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte response and protective immunity. Molecular Pharmaceutics. 1: 2-8.
  • Stier, E., Mandal, M. and Lee, K. -D. 2004.  Differential cytosolic delivery and presentation of antigen by listeriolysin O-liposomes to macrophages and dendritic cells.  Molecular Pharmaceutics. 2: 74-82.
  • Mandal, M. and Lee, K. -D. 2002.  Listeriolysin O-liposome-mediated cytosolic delivery of macromolecule antigen in vivo: Enhancement of antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte frequency, activity, and tumor protection. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 1563: 7-17.
  • Mandal, M., Mathew E., Provoda C., and Lee, K. -D. 2003.  Delivery of macromolecules into cytosol using liposomes containing hemolysin.  Methods in Enzymology 372 (Ch. 18): 319-339.
  • Chiu, N. M., Chun, T., Fay, M., Mandal, M. and Wang, C.-R. 1999.  The majority of H2-M3 is retained intracellularly in a peptide-receptive state and traffic to the cell surface in the presence of N-formylated peptides. J. Exp. Med. 190: 423-434.
  • Mandal, M., Chen, X.-R., Alegre, M-L., Chiu, N. M., Chen, Y.-H., Castano, A.R. and Wang, C.-R. 1998. Tissue distribution, regulation and intracellular localization of murine CD1 molecules. Mol. Immunol. 35: 525-536.
  • Chen, Y. -H., Chiu, N. M., Mandal, M., Wang, N. and Wang, C.-R. 1997.  Impaired NK+ T cell development and early IL-4 production in CD1
  • Pore-forming Bacterial Toxins in Health and Disease. Invited seminar at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Toxinological Society of India and 1st International Conference on ‘Biology of Natural Toxins’. Birla Institute of Science and Technology, Goa, Dec 19-21, 2013.
  • Biologicals in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Roundtable session, AACP annual meeting 2014, July 27 Grapevine, TX.

Awards & Honors

  • Senior research fellowship,1989-1992:Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India
  • Best research poster award, 1998: American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual meeting
  • Upjohn and Vahlteich research award, 200-2004:UM COP
  • Intramural research grant, 2007-208:University of Southern Nevada

Memberships & Appointments

  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American Association of Advancement of Science
Salivary biomarker
Vaccine
Immune-based therapeutics
Drug induced immune modulation
Knowledge retention
Current Research Interests/Projects
1. Detection of salivary for assessment of skeletal maturation in orthodontics patients.
2. Drug-induced immune modulation.
3. Vaccine delivery system.
4. Educational research in knowledge retention, faculty perception on research.
Dr. Tressa McMorris, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
tmcmorris@roseman.edu
Tressa McMorris, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, obtained her doctor of pharmacy degree from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 residency at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a PGY-2 residency in Internal Medicine with the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is currently serving as a neuro-medicine clinical pharmacist at Intermountain Medical Center.
Memberships & Appointments

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Current Research Interests/Projects
I am currently completing research regarding candida urinary tract infections and am interested in beginning research in the area of neurology.
Dr. Susan Nguyen, PharmD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
702-968-2089
snguyen4@roseman.edu
Susan Nguyen, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed her PGY-1 residency from The Ohio State University, College of Pharmacy. She provides clinical pharmacy services and precepts student pharmacists at her ambulatory care practice at Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN).
Publications & Presentations

  • Nguyen TT, Elyaszadeh E*. Review of Garcinia cambogia for weight loss. ACCP Ambulatory Care PRN Newsletter. 2015;8(11):12.
  • Nguyen TT, Mehta BM, Rodis JL, Casper K, Wexler RK. Evaluation of provider documentation of medication management in a Patient- Centered Medical Home. Innovations in Pharmacy. 2014;5(4):1-7.
  • Rider SK, Oeder JL, Nguyen TT, Rodis, JL. A collaborative approach to residency preparation programming for pharmacy students. Am J
    Health Syst Pharm. 2014;71(11):950-955.
  • Austero N, Nelson M, Wellman K, Nguyen T, Decerbo M, Visconti R. “Provider Status Night: Moving Pharmacy Forward” Presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Cultural competence
Chronic disease state management
Student communication
StrengthsFinder
Pharmacist provided services
Current Research Interests/Projects
My research interests are looking at self-perceived student communication versus actual communications skills with patients in an ambulatory care setting, cultural competence among student pharmacists, and pharmacist provided clinical services.
Dr. Simon Pence, PharmD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
801-878-1114
spence@roseman.edu
Simon Pence, PharmD, graduated from Ohio State University in 2012. He completed a PGY1 residency through California Northstate University and Sutter Healthcare in Sacramento, CA. He then completed a PGY2 in oncology at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise, ID. He currently practices at the outpatient infusion center at Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. His hobbies include camping, hunting, mountain biking, and spending time with his family.
Publications & Presentations

  • Pence S, Mancini R. Pharmacist-run vaccination and medication management service for patients after bone marrow transplant. JHOP. 2015;5:8-11.
  • Kalis J, Pence S, Mancini R, Zuckerman D, Ineck J. Prevalence of off-label use of oral oncolytics at a community cancer center, J Oncol Practice. Web 2015 Jan 20.

Memberships & Appointments

  • Member of Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association
Cancer
Oncology
Adherence
Students
Current Research Interests/Projects
I am interested in oncology and the impact a pharmacist can make on patient outcomes, compliance, and tolerability of cancer therapy.
Dr. Diane Rhee, PharmD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
702-968-2012
drhee@roseman.edu
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist – Desert Springs Hospital, Chair of Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee – Valley Health Systems, Executive Board Member – Nevada Antimicrobial Stewardship, Clinical Consultant – Kindred Hospitals
Publications & Presentations
Molecular epidemiology of carbapenem-nonsusceptible Acinetobacter baumanii in the United States. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2011 Nov;49(11):3849-54
Memberships & Appointments

  • ACCP Adult Medicine and Infectious Diseases PRN
  • Executive Board Member – Nevada Antimicrobial Stewardship
C. difficile
MRSA
Multi-drug resistant bacteria
Bacteria
Antimicrobial stewardship
Current Research Interests/Projects
C. difficile evaluation of prevalence of BI/NAP1/027 strain in Southern Nevada hospitals. MRSA nasal colonization among P3 pharmacy students.
Dr. Casey Sayre, PharmD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
801-878-1126
csayre@roseman.edu
Dr. Casey Sayre graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science  degree in Biology in 2006. He continued his studies at the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, completing a PharmD degree in 2010. He then commenced graduate studies at Washington State University and relocated with his supervisor to Canada, completing a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2015. He has also practiced pharmacy in hospital, community, and long term care settings.
Publications & Presentations

  • Sayre CL, Alrushaid S, Martinez SE, Anderson HD, Davies NM. Pre-clinical Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Characterization of Selected Chiral Flavonoids: Pinocembrin and Pinostrobin. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Sayre CL, Davies NM. Quantification of Three Chiral Flavonoids with Reported Bioactivity in Selected Licensed Canadian Natural Health Products and US Marketed Dietary Supplements. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2013. June;16(2):272-278.
  • Yang S, Chen Y, Gu K, Dash A, Sayre CL, Davies NM, Ho EA. Novel intravaginal nanomedicine for the targeted delivery of saquinavir to CD4(+) immune cells. Int  J Nanomedicine. 2013;8:2847-58.
  • Sayre CL, Hopkins M, Takemoto JK, Davies NM. Chiral analytical method development of liquiritigenin with application to a pharmacokinetic study. Biomed Chromatogr. 2013 Mar;27(3):404-6.
  • Sayre CL, Zhang Y, Martinez SE, Takemoto JK, Davies NM. Stereospecific analytical method development and preliminary in vivo pharmacokinetic characterization of pinostrobin in the rat. Biomed Chromatogr. 2013 May;27(5):548-50.
  • Sayre CL, Takemoto JK, Martinez SE, Davies NM. Chiral analytical method development and application to pre-clinical pharmacokinetics of pinocembrin. Biomed Chromatogr. 2013 Jun;27(6):681-4.
  • Martinez SE, Sayre CL, Davies NM. Pharmacometrics of 3-methoxypterostilbene: a component of traditional chinese medicinal plants. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:261468.
  • Martinez SE, Sayre CL, Davies NM. Analysis of 3-methoxypterostilbene in biological fluids by high-performance liquid chromatography: application to pre-clinical pharmacokinetics. Biomed Chromatogr. 2013 Jan;27(1):67-72.
  • Martinez SE, Sayre CL, Davies NM. Analysis of 3-methoxypterostilbene in biological fluids by high-performance liquid chromatography: application to pre-clinical pharmacokinetics. Biomed Chromatogr. 2013 Jan;27(1):67-72.
  • Yáñez JA, Remsberg CM, Sayre CL, Forrest ML, Davies NM. Flip-Flop Pharmacokinetics- Delivering a Reversal of Disposition: Challenges and Opportunities During Drug Development. Therapeutic Delivery 2011;2(5):643-672.

Awards & Honors

  • Duff Roblin Fellow – University of Manitoba
  • Award of Excellence – Washington State University
  • Iraq Campaign Medal – U.S. Army

Memberships & Appointments

  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
  • American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
  • AOAC International
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Affiliate, Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine
  • St. Boniface Hospital Research Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmaceutics
Pharmacognosy
Compounding
Drug interactions
Current Research Interests/Projects
As a pharmacist and a pharmaceutical scientist, Dr. Sayre’s research interests are in optimizing and individualizing currently used and investigational pharmacotherapy with pharmaceutic, pharmacometric, and pharmacogenetic analysis and experimentation. Dr. Sayre collaborates with Dr. Yellepeddi on an expanding pharmaceutical compounding research program. The program is multi-pronged and includes projects in collaboration with several compounding pharmacies involving: the quantitative analysis of the potency and stability of sterile and non-sterile compounded pharmaceuticals, the clinical efficacy of compounded pharmaceuticals, and the optimization of compounded pharmaceutical formulation and production. Dr. Sayre also has particular interest in pharmacognosy – the study of drugs from natural sources. Areas of research include: botanical drug discovery, use, and analysis, as well as specialized plant metabolites and their interactions with pharmaceuticals and mammalian physiology. Projects include the pharmacokinetic characterization of novel specialized plant metabolite – drug conjugates, and the discovery and characterization of botanical pharmacoenhancers that could increase drug safety, efficacy, and adherence. Dr. Sayre also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah and performs collaborative research there.
Dr. Elizabeth Unni, BSPharm, MBA, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy
801-878-1092
eunni@roseman.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Unni is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy in South Jordan, Utah. She is also an Adjunct Faculty with the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah. Dr. Unni holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics from the University of Iowa, Masters in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from India. Dr. Unni has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and has also presented her research at various regional and national conferences. Her research interests is in health services, especially patient reported outcomes including medication non-adherence and quality of life. In addition, she is also interested in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, International Society of Quality of Life, International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes research, Beta Gamma Sigma and Rho Chi Academic Honor Societies.
Publications

  • Unni EJ, Olson J, Farris KB. Establishing the validity of the MAR scale in patients taking cholesterol lowering medications and asthma maintenance medications. Current Medical Research and Opinion. 2014; 30(2): 211-221
  • Unni EJ, Shiyanbola O, Farris KB. Medication adherence: A complex behavior of medication and illness beliefs. Aging Health. 2013; 9(4): 377 – 387.
  • Unni EJ, Ashment R, Miller L, Draper A. Medication adherence in the homeless population in a Intermountain West city. Innovations in Pharmacy. 2014;5(2): 1-10
  • Unni EJ, Madrid L, Oderda G, Christensen N. Quality of life of pharmacy students: A comparison between the various types of pharmacy schools. Accepted for publication with Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
  • Unni EJ, Oladimeji, OS. Classifying medication adherence behavior based on beliefs in medicines and illness perceptions: Results from a cluster analysis. Presented at the APhA Annual Meeting, March 27, 2015.
  • Unni EJ, Hung M. Developing a scoring algorithm for the Medication Adherence Reasons Scale. Poster presented at the APhA Annual Meeting, March 28, 2015.
  • Unni EJ, Farris KB.Medication non-adherence and beliefs in medicines over time in older adults. Presented at the APhA Annual Meeting, March 28, 2014.

Recent Research Grants

  • Unni EJ, Rose T. I’M HAPPY project – American Medical Association Health Living Grant. Fall 2014. Received $8000.
  • Unni EJ. Revision and validation of Medication Adherence – Reasons Scale in cholesterol lowering and asthma maintenance medications. Grant submitted to Intramural Research Grant at the University of Southern Nevada. Spring 2009. Received $10,000.
Medication adherence
Patient reported outcomes
Quality of life
Pharmacy education
Prescription drug abuse
Current Research Projects
I am a social and behavioral pharmacy scientist and my major area of research is medication adherence. I am working on several projects that develop the theoretical framework to explain medication adherence, measures to quantify medication adherence, and interventions to improve medication adherence. I also work on several educational projects specifically focused on pharmacy students. Some of the recent research includes knowledge retention in pharmacy students, quality of life of pharmacy students, and cultural competency in pharmacy students. Another area of research interest is prescription drug abuse among middle school children.
Dr. Brian Winther, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
801-878-1109 or 801-662-2630
bwinther@roseman.edu
Brian Winther, Pharm D., BCPS, Clinical Specialist – NBICU, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with a minor in Microbiology and Chemistry. He graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 2002. In May of 2005 he moved to Primary Children’s Hospital as the Pharmacy Team Leader for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the Infant Medical Surgical Unit. In October of 2006, he obtained his Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He currently is an Assistant Profession of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University and an adjunct member of the clinical faculty for the University of Washington, the University of Utah, the University of Wyoming, and the University of New Mexico. Brian also sits on various hospital and corporate committees interacting with various medical disciplines. Brian is also a professional competition BBQ pitmaster in his spare time winning many awards and enjoys working with and training horses.
Publications & Presentations

  • Winther BL, Jackson D, Mulroy C, MacKay M.  2014.  Evaluation of serum carnitine concentrations for pediatric patients receiving carnitine free parenteral nutrition and carnitine supplemented parenteral nutrition.  Hosp Pharm. June; 49(6):549-553.
  • “Late Preterm Infants:  The medical conditions that set them apart.”  Presented to Primary Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Education.  Salt Lake City, UT.  January 16, 2014.
  • “Neonatal and Infant Pharmacotherapeutics.”  Presented to University of Utah School of Pharmacy Therapeutics Course.  Salt Lake City, UT.  December 2012 and 2013.
  • “Common Drugs:  What you need to know.”  Presented to Primary Children’s Hospital NICU Advanced Clinical Seminar.  Salt Lake City, UT.  November 8, 2013.
  • “Respiratory Pharmacology:  Meds – They do a baby good?”  Presented to Primary Children’s Medical Center 7th Annual Advanced Respiratory Care Conference.  Salt Lake City, UT, January 2013.
  • CA Robinson, PharmD; A Siu, PharmD; R Meyers, PharmD, BCPS; L Degnan, PharmD, BCPS; Y Huang, PharmD; S Cox, PharmD; C McPherson, PharmD; D Butler, PharmD; C Miller, PharmD; K Pham, PharmD, BCP; AL Potts, PharmD, BCPS; B Winther, PharmD, BCPS; HM Monk, PharmD; BH Lee, MD, MPH, MSCR; J Cash, PharmD, BCPS.  2012.  Standard dose development for medications commonly used in the neonatal intensive care unit (poster).   21st Annual PPAG Meeting and 2012 Pediatric Pharmacy Conference.  Apr 18-22, 2012.  Houston, TX.
  • “No more owies – pain management for the neonate.”  Presented to North American Neonatal Nursing 27th Annual Conference.  Orlando, FL.  September 2011.
  • MacKay M, Rusho W, Jackson D, McMillin G, Winther B.  2009.  Physical and chemical stability of Iron Sucrose in parenteral nutrition.  Nutrition in Clinical Practice.  Dec/Jan; 24(6):733-737.
  • MacKay M, Jones K, Holley M, Cash J, Winther B.  2008.  Using electronic refractive index for testing glucose concentration in pediatric parenteral nutrition (poster).  43rd ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting and Exhibits.  Dec 7-11, 2008.  Orlando, FL.
  • MacKay MW, Rusho B, Jackson D, Hunt JW, McMillin GA, Jones K, Winther, BL.  2007.  Pumping Iron in a Pediatric Hospital:  The physical and chemical stability of iron sucrose in parenteral nutrition.  (poster).  42nd ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting and Exhibits.  Dec 2-6, 2007.  Las Vegas, NV.

Memberships & Appointments

  • Member of Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPAG)
Neonate
Nutrition
Infectious disease
Current Research Interests/Projects
My research interests deal with neonates usually with nutrition, drug utilization, and infectious diseases.
Dr. Venkata Yellepeddi, BPharm, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
801-878-1096
vyellepeddi@roseman.edu
Dr. Venkata Kashyap Yellepeddi obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Kakatiya University, India in 2002. He later graduated with a PhD in Medical Sciences with a specialization in Pharmaceutics from Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, Texas in 2011. Dr. Yellepeddi joined the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in 2003 and worked as a Senior Research Fellow for three years. He was involved in research projects related to drug delivery, drug targeting, pre-clinical toxicology and pharmacokinetics. During his tenure as a Senior Research Fellow, he mentored students on various aspects of pharmaceutical research as part of an Indo-French student exchange program. After enrolling in a graduate program in 2006, Dr. Yellepeddi conducted a National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute-funded research project on drug targeting to ovarian cancer using novel nanomaterials. He was also actively involved in the development of multifunctional nanodevices for treatment and resistance reversal in various cancers, nonviral gene delivery, synthesis and characterization of biopolymers, enhancement of oral permeability for drugs with poor biopharmaceutical properties and clinical pharmacokinetics of nanotechnology based formulations. Dr. Yellepeddi joined College of Pharmacy, Roseman University of Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012. Dr. Yellepeddi was also appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah in 2012. Dr. Yellepeddi served as visiting professor for teaching pharmaceutics course at Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University-Health Science Center, College Station, Texas. Dr. Yellepeddi published 16 original research publications, 4 book chapters, one book review and 22 abstracts at international conferences. Dr. Yellepeddi currently serves as a scientific reviewer for 21 scientific journals and serves as editorial board member for one journal. Dr. Yellepeddi after joining Roseman University, received three extramural grants from both non-profit foundations and private organizations.
Curriculum Vitae
Publications & Presentations

  • Clinical pharmacokinetics of inhaled antimicrobials.Stockmann C, Roberts JK, Yellepeddi VK, Sherwin CM. Clin Pharmacokinet. 2015 May;54(5):473-92. doi: 10.1007/s40262-015-0250-x. PMID: 25735634
  • Punctal plug: a medical device to treat dry eye syndrome and for sustained drug delivery to the eye. Yellepeddi VK, Sheshala R, McMillan H, Gujral C, Jones D, Raghu Raj Singh T. Drug Discov Today. 2015 Jul;20(7):884-9. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2015.01.013. Epub 2015 Feb 7. Review. PMID: 25668579
  • Comparative evaluation of small-molecule chemosensitizers in reversal of cisplatin resistance in ovarian cancer cells. Yellepeddi VK, Vangara KK, Kumar A, Palakurthi S. Anticancer Res. 2012 Sep;32(9):3651-8. PMID: 22993302
  • Recent trends in cancer drug resistance reversal strategies using nanoparticles. Palakurthi S, Yellepeddi VK, Vangara KK. Expert Opin Drug Deliv. 2012 Mar;9(3):287-301. doi: 10.1517/17425247.2012.665365. Review. PMID: 22339554
  • Biotinylated PAMAM dendrimers for intracellular delivery of cisplatin to ovarian cancer: role of SMVT. Yellepeddi VK, Kumar A, Maher DM, Chauhan SC, Vangara KK, Palakurthi S. Anticancer Res. 2011 Mar;31(3):897-906. PMID: 21498711
  • Mechanism of gene transfection by polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers modified with ornithine residues. Kumar A, Yellepeddi VK, Vangara KK, Strychar KB, Palakurthi S. J Drug Target. 2011 Nov;19(9):770-80. doi: 10.3109/1061186X.2011.568061. Epub 2011 Apr 4. PMID: 21457075
  • Enhanced gene transfection efficiency by polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers modified with ornithine residues. Kumar A, Yellepeddi VK, Davies GE, Strychar KB, Palakurthi S. Int J Pharm. 2010 Jun 15;392(1-2):294-303. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2010.03.054. Epub 2010 Apr 2. PMID: 20363307
  • Biotinylated poly(amido)amine (PAMAM) dendrimers as carriers for drug delivery to ovarian cancer cells in vitro. Yellepeddi VK, Kumar A, Palakurthi S. Anticancer Res. 2009 Aug;29(8):2933-43.
  • Permeability of surface-modified polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers across Caco-2 cell monolayers. Pisal DS, Yellepeddi VK, Kumar A, Kaushik RS, Hildreth MB, Guan X, Palakurthi S. Int J Pharm. 2008 Feb 28;350(1-2):113-21. Epub 2007 Aug 26. PMID 17913410
    Yellepeddi VK, Kumar A, Palakurthi S. Expert Opin Drug Deliv. 2009 Aug;6(8):835-50. doi: 10.1517/17425240903061251. Review. PMID: 19637972
  • Surface modified poly(amido)amine dendrimers as diverse nanomolecules for biomedical applications. Yellepeddi VK, Kumar A, Palakurthi S. Expert Opin Drug Deliv. 2009 Aug;6(8):835-50. doi: 10.1517/17425240903061251. Review. PMID: 19637972

Recent Research Grants

  • Smith Rexall Drug Company, 2015,  For the proposal “Potency and Stability Studies of Compounded Formulations”. ($8000; Grant Duration – Mar 2015 to Mar 2016).
  • American Association of College of Pharmacy, New Investigator Award, 2013. For the proposal “Omega-3 Fatty Acid Nanoconstructs for Targeted Delivery of Paclitaxel”. ($10,000; Grant Duration – Jan 2013 to Jan 2014).
  • International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists Foundation, Research Grant, 2013, for proposal “Formulation and Stability Studies of a Preservative Free Prochlorperazine Nasal Spray for Pain Relief in Migraine”. ($9500; Grant Duration – Feb 2013 to Feb 2014).

Awards & Honors

  • American Association of College of Pharmacy (AACP), New Investigator Award, 2013.
  • International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), Research Award, 2013.
  • First Place, Poster Presentation, College of Pharmacy Research Colloquium, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, 2010.
  • Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Certification (FPGEC), National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, 2009.
  • Travel Award from School of Graduate Studies, South Dakota State University for attending American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2007.
  • First Place, Ph.D. proposal, Graduate Research Awards, Sigma Xi Chapter, South Dakota State University.
  • Faculty Mentor For: Fund the Future Scholarship for the Compounders on Capitol Hill 2014 (Angela Yuen-P3 Student), IACP Foundation Student Essay Competition Winner (Prisca Umeh-P3 Student)

Memberships & Appointments

  • Chair-elect, 2016, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)-Rocky Mountain Discussion Group.
  • Steering committee member, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists(AAPS) – Targeted Drug Delivery Focus Group, 2013-present.
  • Member, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
  • Member, Controlled Release Society (CRS)
  • Member, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
  • Member, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP)
  • Member, Academy of Health Science Educators (ASHE), University of Utah

Additional Links

Nanotechnology
Cancer
Migraine
Pharmacokientics
Formulations
Current Research Interests/Projects
My research focuses primarily on developing nanotechnology-based formulations for targeting therapeutics to tumors. My research also focuses on the development and pharmacokinetic evaluation of formulations to overcome various physiological barriers (nasal, periodontal, skin, corneal etc.). In my lab, we are developing various nanotechnology-based delivery systems to target drugs/macromolecules to resistant-tumors, to overcome the blood-brain barrier in diseases like migraine and cerebral palsy, and to overcome gastrointestinal epithelial barrier. The other areas of my research interests include population pharmacokinetics and modeling of drugs used in special populations; formulation and evaluation of sterile and non-sterile extemporaneously compounded preparations; biopharmaceutic and pharmacokinetic evaluation of new chemical entities (NCE’s); and development of technology-based visual aids for the teaching pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics. In our lab, we are currently working on the following research projects:

  1. Omega-3 fatty acid conjugated dendrimers for targeting paclitaxel-resistant ovarian cancer cells.
  2. Dequalinium-coated PLGA nanoparticles for mitochondrial delivery of paclitaxel.
  3. Preservative-free prochlorperazine nasal spray for treatment of migraine.
  4. Microfluidic-chip based biorelevant dissolution device for evaluation of locally delivered periodontal formulations.
  5. Development of oral pediatric formulation of dendrimer-n-acetyl cysteine for treatment of cerebral palsy in neonates.
  6. Potency and stability evaluation of various compounded preparations.
  7. Population pharmacokinetics of Amikacin in pediatric oncology patients.
  8. Development of animated-videos as visual aids for teaching pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics courses to Pharm.D students.