Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) is an integral part of the research that is being conducted at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy (COP). Roseman COP embraced a new educational paradigm with mastery learning and block plans. With the new model, there is always the question of determining the success and viability of the program which leads to several SOTL projects. In addition, being a teaching oriented school, COP faculty are strongly encouraged to apply innovative methods of teaching and assessment. Several faculty are thus involved in various types of research that examines the effectiveness of the new teaching methods used. Additionally, colleges of pharmacies collect enormous amount of data from students for various accreditation purposes which offers another venue for faculty to conduct research.


Name Research Areas
Dr. Ragini Bhakt, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
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.

  • 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
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. Arup Chakraborty, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy
Dr. Chakraborty received his MS in Biological Sciences and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After completion of his degree he was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh. Dr. Chakraborty appointed as a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. After that he joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at MD Anderson Cancer center, Houston. Currently, Dr. Chakraborty is an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the Roseman University of Health Sciences where he has been a faculty member since 2009. His research interests are focused on the signal transduction pathways involved in carcinogenesis and inflammation. In particular his laboratory is currently working on understanding the role of oncogenic JAK/STAT pathways in various neoplasia and natural inhibitors that block these pathways. Dr. Chakraborty published 28 articles in various international journals and received multiple federal research funding.

  • Arup Chakraborty, Scott White and Seth Lerner. 2004. G-CSFR Signals for beta1-Integrin Expression and Adhesion in Bladder Cancer. Urology, 63(1):177-83.
  • Arup Chakraborty, Scott M. White and Sushovan Guha. Granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and G-CSFR autocrine loop promotes invasion of bladder cancer cells. Urology. 68: 208-13, 2006.
  • Chakraborty A, Brooks HL, Zhang P, Smith W, McReynolds M, Hoying J, Bick RJ, Truong L, Poindexter B, Lan H, Elbjeirami W, Sheikh-Hamad D. Stanniocalcin-1 regulates endothelial gene expression and modulates trans-endothelial migration of leukocytes. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2006 Oct 10.
  • Ashutosh K. Pathak , Manisha Bhutani, Asha S. Nair, Kwang Seok Ahn, Arup Chakraborty, Sushovan Guha, Gautam Sethi, and Bharat B. Aggarwal. Ursolic Acid Inhibits Proliferation, Induces Apoptosis and Chemosensitizes Human Multiple Myeloma Cells By Inhibiting Constitutive and IL-6 Inducible STAT3 Activation Pathway. Mol Cancer Res. 2007 Sep; 5(9):943-55.
  • Arup Chakraborty, and Sushovan Guha. G-CSF/G-CSFR Biological Axis Promotes Survival and Growth of Bladder Cancer Cells. Urology.  2007 Jun; 69(6):1210-5.
  • Ling-Yuan Kong, Mohamed K. Abou-Ghazal, Jun Wei, Arup Chakraborty, Wei Sun, Wei Qiao, Gregory N. Fuller, Izabela Fokt, Elizabeth A. Grimm, Robert J. Schmittling, Gary E. Archer Jr., John H. Sampson, Waldemar Priebe, and Amy B. Heimberger. A Novel Inhibitor of STAT3 Activation Is Efficacious Against Established Central Nervous System Melanoma and Inhibits Regulatory T Cells. Clin. Cancer. Res. 2008, Sep 15;14(18):5759-68.
  • Z Tong, AB Kunnumakkara, H Wang, Y Matsuo, P Diagaradjane, KB Harikumar, V Ramachandran, B Sung, A Chakraborty, C Logsdon, BB Aggarwal, S Krishnan, and S Guha. Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin: A Novel Suppressor of Invasion and Angiogenesis in Pancreatic Cancer. 2008, Cancer Res. Aug 1; 68(15):6100-8.
  • Zhaolu Kong, Daxing Xie, Thomas Boike, Pavithra Rabhavan, Sandeep Burma, David Chen, Amyn Habib, Arup Chakraborty, Jer-Tsong Hsieh, and Debabrata Saha. Down-regulation of Human DAB2IP Gene Expression in Prostate Cancer Cells Exhibit Resistance to Ionizing radiation. 2010, Cancer Res. 2010 Apr 1;70(7):2829-39.
  • Zhaolu Kong, Daxing Xie, Thomas Boike, Pavithra Raghavan, Sandeep Burma, David Chen, Arup Chakraborty, Jer-Tsong Hsieh, and Debabrata Saha. Epothilone B confers radiation dose enhancement in DAB2IP gene knock down radio-resistant prostate cancer cells. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Nov 15;78(4):1210-8.
  • Jessica E. Jorvig and Arup Chakraborty. Zerumbone inhibits growth of hormone refractory prostate cancer cells by inhibiting JAK2/STAT3 pathway and increases paclitaxel sensitivity. 2015, Anti-cancer drugs, Feb; 26(2):160-6.
Cell signaling
JAK/STAT pathway
Molecular biology
Current Research Interests/Projects
Despite the development of new therapies, cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the USA and accounts for nearly one in every four deaths. Many plant-derived dietary agents, called nutraceuticals, have phenomenal anti-cancer properties. These nutraceuticals are safer, less expensive and more readily available than are synthetic agents. Some nutraceuticals are currently in clinical trials, and others have already been approved for human use. My current research interest is screening drugs from nutraceuticals. We have shown that a phytochemical from ginger is a novel JAK/STAT pathway inhibitor and validated in vitro in pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer.

  1. This compound successfully inhibits growth and migration of cancer cells.
  2. It is a novel inhibitor of a signaling cascade that leads to development of cancer.
  3. This compound significantly increases the sensitivity of chemotherapeutic drugs to cancer cells.

Currently we are designing in vivo animal cancer model to test the effectiveness of phytochemicals. Our future goal is to evaluate selected nutraceuticals for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Dr. Catherine Cone, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Assessment
College of Pharmacy
Catherine Cone, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, completed her pharmacy practice residency at the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she continued to work for 11 years. Dr. Cone worked in an inpatient setting, as an ambulatory care specialist with prescriptive authority and as the residency program director at the VA prior to moving into academia. Dr. Cone joined faculty at the University of New Mexico in 2007 where she managed 2 courses, termed Pharmaceutical Care Labs where simulation was the focus for integrated learning. Her practice site was an Occupational Medicine clinic at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Cone’s research focus is on the scholarship of teaching and learning with particular interest in critical thinking, cultural competence/disabilities, and debriefing. Recently, Dr. Cone joined Roseman University of Health Sciences as the Assistant Dean for Assessment. She will serve as the Integrated Patient Care coordinator for PY2 students.
Curriculum Vitae

  • Cone CJ, Smith MA, Yamada M. Disability and Cultural Sensitivity: Does Debriefing Improve Student Scores Associated with an OSCE using Standardized Patients? (in review)
  • Cone CJ, , Bond R, Salazar K, Thompson M Godwin D. Measuring Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills in Pharmacy Curricula Using the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT). (in review)
  • Cone CJ, Bond R, Pierson J.  Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving in a Self-Care Lab: A Skills-Based Approach. Cur in Pharm Teaching and Learning. 2013; 5(5): 342-50.
  • Bond R, Cone CJ.  Improving Student Confidence in Skill Performance in a Pharmaceutical Care Lab Setting. Pharm Educ. 2012;12(1):20-24.
  • Wittstrom K, Cone C, Salazar K, Bond R, Dominquez K. Alignment of Pharmacotherapy Course Assessments With Course Objectives. Am J Pharm Educ.  2010 Jun 15;74(5):pii 76.
  • Cone CJ, Felton L, Bachyrycz A.  Pharmaceutical Compounding – USP Sterile Preparations. Allen LV, editor. Remington: An Introduction to Pharmacy, 1st ed. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.
Critical Thinking
Cultural Competence
Current Research Interests/Projects

  1. Critical Thinking Measurement and Development
  2. Cultural Competence
  3. Simulation
Dr. Surajit Dey, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
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

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

Additional Links

Ocular diseases
Macular Degeneration
Stress and Quality of Life
Drug Delivery
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
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
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. Mark Harper, PharmD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
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
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
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
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.

  • 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
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. Manas Mandal, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
Adjunct Faculty, College of Dental Medicine, College of Medicine
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

  • 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
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. Susan Nguyen, PharmD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
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
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. Catherine Oswald, PharmD
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Coordinator
College of Pharmacy
Dr. Leiana Oswald obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (2004) and her Pharmacy Doctorate from Roseman University of Health Sciences (2007). She spent 6 years managing retail chain pharmacies in Las Vegas and precepting numerous pharmacy students before joining Roseman University of Health Science College of Pharmacy in 2013 as the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. She currently serves as the Roseman faculty advisor for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Student Chapter. Notable projects include creation of a new Medicare Call Center on campus this year in which State Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) trained pharmacy students reach out to provide unbiased help for Medicare beneficiaries.
Call Lab
Current Research Interests/Projects
Medicare, Experiential education
Dr. Helen Park, PharmD
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
College of Pharmacy
Dr. Helen Park is currently the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs, and Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice at the College of Pharmacy at Roseman University of Health Sciences.  In addition, Dr. Park serves as an active member of the college for college accreditation, a mentor for student pharmacists, and externally on the AACP PharmCAS Advisory Panel.  Dr. Park received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Roseman University, and is a proud alumna of the College of Pharmacy.  She returned to serve Roseman University with years of community practice experience and advocacy for public health.
Memberships & Appointments

  • AACP PharmCAS Advisory Panel Committee
Non-cognitive behaviors
Academic performance
Learning style
Current Research Interests/Projects
Current research project is focused on predicting the academic performance of pharmacy students based on self-reported non-cognitive measures.
Dr. Krystal Riccio, PharmD, BCACP

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
Dr. Riccio is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice with Roseman University of Health Sciences. She completed an ambulatory care intensive pharmacy practice residency at the VA Southern Nevada Health Care System, and in 2011, received Board Certification in Ambulatory Care (BCACP).  Dr. Riccio currently practices within University Medical Center Primary Care Clinics, where she precepts student pharmacists.  Her practice specializes in diabetes and obesity management with extensive patient education and training in lifestyle modification.  Dr.  Riccio is involved in a number of state level strategic planning committees, including the Diabetes Educators Strategic Planning Committee, Heart & Stroke Prevention Task Force, and Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. Through these committees, she has been able to represent and promote pharmacists involvement in a team-based care model, raise awareness for provider status legislation, and educate state leaders on the value-based care pharmacist provide.  She is also very involved in her community, coaching for an all-inclusive exceptional children’s soccer league, donating time with Volunteers of Medicine of Southern Nevada, and advising student organizations: including the Drug Abuse Awareness Team (DAAT) and National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).  Dr. Riccio is currently conducting educational research surrounding pharmacy student assessment and is pursuing behavioral science research surrounding adolescent drug use.

Memberships & Appointments

  • Nevada Health-systems Pharmacist Association (Education Committee)
  • National Governors Association Policy Accademy: NV Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Logic Modeling Team
  • Nevada Heart and Stroke Prevention Task Force
  • Nevada Diabetes Educators Stakeholders
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacists (Endocrine & Ambulatory Care PRN)
  • American Pharmacists Association
Current Research Interests/Projects

  1. Ongoing: Evaluating student success and confidence surrounding Choose All That Apply (CATA) style questions in a pharmacy education setting
  2. Planning Phase: Evaluating the behavior, motivations, and source for drug use/misuse within the adolescent population
Dr. Tyler Rose, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy

A graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah, Dr. Rose received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Southern Utah University and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry working in the Glenn Prestwich lab at the University of Utah.  He has been a faculty member at the Roseman University of Health Sciences (formerly the University of Southern Nevada) South Jordan, Utah campus since 2006, primarily teaching courses in the pharmacy program related to biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and pharmaceutical calculations.  His service responsibilities have included work on the promotion committee, ACPE accreditation committee, faculty development committee, and laboratory safety committee.
Publications & Presentations

  • Rose, T.M.; Reilly C.; Deering-Rice, C.E.; Brewster, C.A.; Brewster C. “Inhibition of FAAH, TRPV1, and COX2 by NSAID-Serotonin Conjugates.”  Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2014, 24(24), 5695-5698.
  • 2013 Annual ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Meeting, Orlando, Florida (Poster):  Rose, T.M.; McKay, A.; Boren, B. “Activation of the Anti-Diabetic Receptor GPR119 by Chemically Modified Fibrates and Pioglitazone.”
  • 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, California (Poster):  Rose, T.M.; Williams, D.; Hansen, K.; McEwen, R.; Deval, E.; Lingueglia, E. “Inhibition of COX-2 and ASIC-3 by Structural Analogues of Diclofenac,” 25 March 2012.
  • Rose, T.M. “A Board Game to Assist Pharmacy Students in Learning Metabolic Pathways.”  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 2011, 75(9), Article 183.

Recent Research Grants

  • 2015 AMA Foundation Healthy Living Grant
    • $8000 to develop an “Interactive Module to Halt Abuse of Prescription Drugs by Preteens and Youth (I’M HAPPY)”
  • 2009-2010 University of Southern Nevada Intramural Research Grant
    • $8000 for the “Synthesis and Evaluation of Potent, Subtype-Selective, and Drug-Like Antagonists of Acid-Sensing Ion Channels”
Current Research Interests/Projects
Dr. Rose’s laboratory research interests focus on designing drugs that affect the lipid signaling associated with pathological pain, anxiety, and metabolic disorders.  As an educational researcher, he is interested in creating interactive games and instructional modules that make learning more flexible, focused, and fun.
Dr. Elizabeth Unni, BSPharm, MBA, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy
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.

  • 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. Venkata Yellepeddi, BPharm, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
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

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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.
Dr. Darla Zarley, PharmD
Director of Experiential Education
College of Pharmacy
Dr. Darla Zarley obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University.  Prior to joining Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy in 2001, Dr. Zarley worked for a local chain pharmacy as a pharmacy manager and market trainer.  A joint position with the Nevada College of Pharmacy became available in February 2001. She currently serves as a Roseman faculty advisor for Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Student Chapter and a Roseman faculty co-advisor for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Student Chapter.   Notable projects include creation of a new Medicare Call Center on campus this year in which State Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) trained pharmacy students reach out to provide unbiased help for Medicare beneficiaries.
Publications & Presentations

  • Zarley, D. A.; Jorvig, E. C.  Student Perspectives on Evaluating Faculty in the Classroom. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  (2010) 74(5), 107.
  • Zarley, D. A.; Coffman, R. E.; Berensen, N.; Leavitt, B.  Shared Faculty Memorandum of Understanding between Intermountain Medical Center and the University of Southern Nevada.
    American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  (2010) 74(5), 144.
  • Jorvig, E.C.; Rose, T.M.; Zarley, D.A.; Dey, S.  Factors Influencing Student Participation in a Laboratory Research Elective at a Three-Year College of Pharmacy. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  (2010) 74(5), 9.
  • Zarley, D. A.; Jorvig, E. C.  Student and Preceptor Perceptions of ‘‘Meet the Preceptor Night’’.  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  (2009) 73(4), 90.
  • Jorvig, E.C.; Zarley, D.A.; Coffman, R.E.  Student perceptions of the biochemistry component of a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program. American Chemical Society 236th National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August, 2008
  • Jorvig, E.C.; Zarley, D.A.; Coffman, R.E.  Student Perceptions of Biochemistry in the Pharmacy Curriculum.  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  (2008) 72(3), 7.
  • Coffman, R.E.; Zarley, D.; Oesterman, P.; Rosenberg, H.  Interfacing Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences with Didactic Coursework.  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  (2006) 70(3), 84.
Current Research Interests/Projects
Medicare, Experiential Education, Substance Abuse