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Tummala takes interim post with SDSU pharmacy

Hemachand Tummala
Professor Hemachand Tummala

Professor Hemachand Tummala has been named interim head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at South Dakota State University.

Tummala, who has been at SDSU since 2008, will continue to serve as graduate program coordinator. The transition became official Sept. 22, when professor Omathanu Perumal was chosen as the associate dean for research. Tummala will serve until a permanent department head is identified. The plan is to launch a search in spring 2022.

College Dean Dan Hansen said, “I am excited to work with Dr. Tummala as he assumes this new role and have the utmost confidence that he will be successful leading the department over the next six to eight months.”

Tummala received his education in India and worked in research positions at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis from 2003 to 2008.

He has more than 20 years of experience in disease biology, immunology and drug/vaccine delivery. His research interests are in designing various vaccine and drug delivery platforms for cancer, infectious diseases, and intestinal health. Tummala also teaches pharmaceutics/compounding pharmacy courses to professional pharmacy students and graduate students.

Tummala and his wife, Vijaya, have two children, a son, Aditya, a high school senior, and a daughter, Sanhita, a fifth grader.