The Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, in addition to teaching, are actively involved in research. Our current research portfolio includes projects in oncology, unique drug delivery systems, genomics, neuropharmacology, cardiovascular medications and eye diseases. The department has fully equipped research laboratories that are located in the research wing of the Avera Health and Science Center. The research facilities are utilized by faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate researchers. The department has the first endowed faculty position in the college, the Markl Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research.
Faculty Research Interests
The research projects in the department are nationally competitive. They are regularly funded by NIH, USDA and state agencies. Research interests of department faculty include:
- Cardiovascular pharmacology
- Ocular diseases
- Drug and Vaccine delivery
Wenfeng An, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Molecular biology and genetics of human retrotransposons
Gudiseva Chandrasekher, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Cellular and molecular biology of the cornea and lens
Hesham Fahmy, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Chemical modification of natural products and synthesis of medicinally active compounds
Jayarama Gunaje, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Signal transduction, cancer biology, cancer prevention
Omathanu Perumal, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Transdermal and topical drug delivery systems, transmammary drug delivery, nanopolymeric drug delivery systems, and oral pediatric drug delivery systems
Shafiqur Rahman, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Neuropharmacology, drug addiction, therapeutic drug discovery for brain disorders
Komal Raina, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Cancer prevention
Joshua Reineke, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Drug delivery and pharmacokinetics
Teresa Seefeldt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Oxidative stress in cardiovascular disorders
Hemachand Tummala, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Drug delivery and drug targeting, vaccine development