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
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 lensExplore the Chandrasekher Lab
Hesham Fahmy, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Chemical modification of natural products and synthesis of medicinally active compoundsExplore the Fahmy Lab
Xiangming Guan, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Development of novel anticancer drugs and imaging agentsExplore the Guan Lab
Jayarama Gunaje, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Signal transduction, cancer biology, cancer preventionExplore the Gunaje Lab
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 systemsExplore the Perumal Lab
Shafiqur Rahman, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Neuropharmacology, drug addiction, therapeutic drug discovery for brain disordersExplore the Rahman Lab
Komal Raina, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Cancer preventionExplore the Raina Lab
Joshua Reineke, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Drug delivery and pharmacokineticsExplore the Reineke Lab
Teresa Seefeldt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Oxidative stress in cardiovascular disordersExplore the Seefeldt Lab
Hemachand Tummala, Ph.D.
Areas of Research: Drug delivery and drug targeting, vaccine developmentExplore the Tummala Lab