Improving Health through Discovery
The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions is committed to improving health through innovative and translational research and scholarship.
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 hosts two endowed faculty positions: the Markl Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research and the Haarberg Chair in Cancer Research.
Faculty in the Pharmacy Practice Department and the Allied and Population Health Department are advancing patient care through research and scholarship. Pharmacy practice research and scholarly projects including the development of innovative pharmacy practice models, health disparities, quality improvement, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. In 2018, the Hoch Family Endowed Professor for Community Pharmacy Practice was created to focus on the development of innovative community pharmacy practice models and advancing patient care in community pharmacies. The Community Practice Innovation Center (CPIC) brings together faculty, students, researchers and practitioners to lead change within community practice through innovative community engagement and partnerships, research and education and training with a focus on access to care, population health and health outcomes.
Department Research Overview and Research Centers
Faculty Research Highlights
Dr. Josh Reineke's lab is developing a novel drug delivery system for tuberculosis treatment.
The laboratory of Dr. Wenfeng An, the Markl Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research, focuses on genomics and specifically "jumping genes".
Dr. Jennifer Ball is working to improve treatment of opioid-use disorder.
A team of researchers in the college is studying prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
Dr. Chandrasekher is performing research that could lead to development of cornea-equivalents for transplantation purposes.
START-SD (Stigma, Treatment, Avoidance, and Recovery in Time in South Dakota) is a three-year, $1 million federally funded project with a goal of reducing mortality associated with opioid-use disorder among adults in Brookings, Codington and Hughes counties.
Dr. Perumal's current research is focused on developing oral pediatric drug-delivery systems using natural food protein biopolymers and localized drug-delivery approaches for breast cancer.
The Tummala lab is studying the effect of natural products on cancer prevention and treatment.