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Medicinal Chemistry

Ryan Altman
Assistant Professor
785-864-6234
Malott Hall, Room 4046A

Professor Ryan A. Altman received his B.S. in chemistry from Creighton University in 2003 and his Ph.D. in organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. He completed his training at the University of California, Irvine as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow from 2008–2011.

Brian Blagg
Professor
786-864-2288
Malott Hall, Room 5047

Professor Brian Blagg earned a B.A. in chemistry and environmental studies in 1994 from Sonoma State University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1999 from the University of Utah. In 2002, Blagg completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute.

 

Associate Professor
785-864-4117
Malott Hall, Room 4001

Associate Professor Apurba Dutta earned a Ph.D. from North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong, India in 1989 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Konstanz in Germany from 1991-1992. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Kansas from 1993-1994.

 

Professor, Interim Chair of Medicinal Chemistry
785-864-3750
Malott Hall, Room 4048

Robert Hanzlik earned his B.A. in chemistry and biology from Southern Illinois University, and completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Stanford University.

Blake Peterson
Regents Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
785-864-8156
Shankel Structural Biology Center, Room 1045

Distinguished Professor Blake Peterson earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University from 1995-1998, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar in 2003, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar in 2003.

 

Thomas Prisinzano
Professor
785-864-3267
Malott Hall, Room 4070

Dr. Thomas Prisinzano earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Delaware and a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University. He received postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Barbara Timmermann
University Distinguished Professor
785-864-4844
Malott Hall, Room 4004

Distinguished Professor Barbara Timmermann joined the School of Pharmacy faculty as chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in August of 2005. She came to KU after an academic career of close to 25 years at the University of Arizona, where she attained the title of Regents Professor.

 

Michael S. Wolfe
Mathias P. Mertes Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
785-864-1002
Malott Hall, Room 4040A

Michael Wolfe earned a B.S. in chemistry from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Kansas.  After a postdoctoral stint at the University of Kansas, he was a Pharmacology Research Associate Trainee (PRAT Fellow) at the National Institutes of Health.

Lecturer
785-864-1079
School of Pharmacy Building, Room 3014

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Professor
785-864-1455
MRB, Room 320-E

Professor Cory Berkland earned a  BS in chemical engineering at Iowa State University, an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and a PhD in chemical and bimolecular engineering at the University of Illinios. He also completed his post doc work at the University of Illinois.

Ron Borchardt
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
785-864-3427
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, Room 201A

Ronald T. Borchardt is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The University of Kansas- Lawrence. Professor Borchardt received his undergraduate education (B.S. in Pharmacy, 1967) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his graduate education (Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, 1970) from The University of Kansas-Lawrence.

Associate Professor
785-864-4388
Simons Laboratories, 121-B

Associate Professor Laird Forrest earned a BS in chemical engineering from Auburn University and an MS in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana. He also earned a PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Wisconsin.

Jeffrey Krise
Associate Professor
785-864-2626
Simons Laboratories, Room 236-B

Associate Professor Jeff Krise earned a B.S. in pharmacy from Duquesne University and a Ph.D in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Kansas. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University.

Susan Lunte
Distinguished Professor, Director of R.N. Adams Institute for Bioanalytical Chemistry Director of COBRE Center on Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways, Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
785-864-3811
Multidisciplinary Research Building, Room 220F

Distinguished Professor Sue Lunte earned a B.S. at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and a Ph.D. at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Distinguished Professor
785-864-5813
Multidisciplinary Research Building, Room 320-G

Distinguished Professor C. Russell Middaugh earned a B.S.  from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Ph.D. from Cornell University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

Professor
785-864-5963
Multidisciplinary Research Building, Room 160

Professor Picking earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. Her research interests are vaccine development - especially for the children of low income countries, Enteric bacterial pathogens, and type III secretion.

Director, Higuchi Biosciences Center Director, Kansas Vaccine Institute, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
785-864-5974
Multidisciplinary Research Building, Room 320B

Distinguished Professor Picking earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. He is the director of the Kansas Vaccine Development Center and director of the Higuchi Biosciences Center.

Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
785-864-4880
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, Room 236C

Distinguished Professor and Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Chair Christian Schöneich earned a diplom at Free University in Berlin, Germany and a Ph.D. at Technical University in Berlin, Germany.

Aya and Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor, Associate Chair, Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Co-Director, NIH Biotechnology Training Program
785-864-7327
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, Room 201D

Professor Teruna Siahaan earned a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Indonesia and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Val Stella
University Distinguished Professor
785-864-3755
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, Room 121A

Distinguished Professor Valentino Stella earned a B.Pharm. from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in Parkville, Victoria, Australia and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

John F. Stobaugh
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs, Professor
785-864-3996
School of Pharmacy, Room 2050-A

Associate Dean John Stobaugh earned a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma in 1974, an M.S. from the University of Oklahoma in 1977, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1982.

 

Associate Professor
785-864-1898
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, Room 201C

Associate Professor Thomas Tolbert earned a B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Massachusetts institute of Technology and completed his postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute.

David Volkin
Ronald T. Borchardt Distinguished Professor
785-864-6262
Multidisciplinary Research Building, Room 304

Distinguished Professor David Volkin earned a BA in chemistry at the University of California, San Diego and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Associate Professor
785-864-1899
Simons Laboratories, 236-A

Assistant Professor Michael Wang earned a B.S. in chemistry from Peking University, a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Duke University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy.


Pharmacology & Toxicology

Professor
785-864-3531
Malott Hall, Room 5064

I started my research program on the role of lipid rafts as compartments for signaling via neurotrophin receptors. As changes in neurotrophin signaling are known to contribute to nerve degeneration in diabetic neuropathy, we extended our work to diabetic animal and cell culture models, which is the current thrust in the lab.

Morris Faiman
Professor Emeritus
785-864-4003
Malott Hall

My research program is focused on studies on the mechanism of action of agents used in the treatment of alcohol abuse and the studies of the mechanism by which alcohol can become addictive.

Professor-Senior Scientist
785-864-0715
Malott Hall

My research specialties include psychopharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, behavioral neuroscience and computer-controlled behavioral measurement instrumentation.

Professor
785-864-6067
Smissman Research Lab

As a faculty member in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, I have mentored 15 graduate students and several post-doctoral fellows. Those individuals have gone on to assume a variety of professional positions in science.

Research Professor, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
785-864-4504
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, Room 107

Over the years, I have devoted my energies to training undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral associates to become highly respected neuroscientists, neuropharmacologists, or neurobehavioral scientists.

Associate Professor
785-864-3110
Malott Hall, room #

My laboratory is interested in the metabolism and physiological functions of carotenoids and their cleavage products.

Associate Professor
785-864-3536
Malott Hall, Room 5003

The specific aims of my research are designed to determine how the Msr system affects the function and expression of other proteins as well as to evaluate the role of methionine oxidation in the progression of oxidative stress and age related diseases.

Professor, Department Chairman
785-864-4002
Malott Hall, Room 5064B

The most rewarding aspect of my job is mentoring young scientists. I have enjoyed mentoring a dozen Ph.D. graduate students and numerous post-doctoral fellows.

Associate Professor, Director for Graduate Studies of Pharmacology and Toxicology
785-864-6192
Malott Hall, Room 5044

I received a Ph.D. in biophysics with a specialization in oxidative stress research and have been conducting research in the field of oxidative stress since my graduation.

Professor
785-864-3951
Malott Hall, Room 3018A

My laboratory is interested in basic regulatory mechanisms in toxicology and drug disposition.

Xinkun Wang
Associate Research Professor
School of Pharmacy Building, Room 139

Dr. Xinkun Wang earned a B.S. in 1994, and an M.S. in 1997, in Biology from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from Oklahoma State University in 2003. After joining KU, he has also been serving as the director of KU Genomics Facility and Genome Sequencing Core.

Howard E. Mossberg Distinguished Professor
785-864-3637
Smissman Research Laboratories, Room 164

Research conducted in Dr. Yan’s laboratory is geared toward unraveling the cellular and molecular basis of neurodegeneration and devising therapeutic strategies to hamper the processes that cause neuronal death.

Liqin Zhao
Assistant Professor
Malott Hall

Our research focuses on brain aging and neurodegeneration (with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease; AD).


Pharmacy Practice

Associate Dean of Medical Affairs, Associate Dean for Clinical and Medical Center Affairs
913-588-5324
The University of Kansas Hospital

Associate Dean Jim Backes earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Prior to joining the University of Kansas, he practiced as an ambulatory care pharmacist in the Family Medicine Clinic at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a professor in the Pharmacy Practice and Internal Medicine departments and serves as the Assistant Director of the Atheroscierosis and LDL-Apheresis Center (ALAC) on the Kansas University Medical Center campus.

Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy Skills Lab
785-864-3252
SOP Building, Pharmacy Skills Lab

Jessica Bates earned a Pharm.D. from the University of Kansas. She completed a PGY1 residency in Community Pharmacy at the UNC Eschelman School of Pharmacy in North Carolina. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with practice experience in ambulatory care and community settings. Prior to joining KU, she served as preceptor for the Balls Foods Stores community residency program. She is a Clinical Coordinator for the Pharmacy Skills Laboratory.

Clinical Associate Professor
913-945-6587
Wescoe Hall, Room 6007

Clinical Associate Professor Crystal Burkhardt earned her Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration at Drake University and completed an ASHP accredited geriatric specialty residency at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Her primary practice site is at the Landon Center on Aging located on the KUMC campus which serves as the primary source for her practice based research.

Clinical Assistant Professor
316-293-3504
Suite 2331-B, Wichita campus

Ashley Crowl earned her PharmD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a two-year ambulatory care leadership residency at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. specializing in Ambulatory Care and Leadership. She is board certified in ambulatory care and practices at a family medicine residency clinic. Her research interests include interprofessional education, obesity, and team-based care. 

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director, Pharmacy Skills Laboratory
785-864-4527
School of Pharmacy Building, Room 1001E

Clinical Assistant Professor Larry Davidow earned a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1989. As a student, Larry worked for several years at Spalitto’s Pharmacy in northeast Kansas City, Missouri and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

 

Kimberly A. Dodson
Clinical Assistant Professor
316-293-3501
, Room 2331-G

Clinical Assistant Professor Kimberly Dodson earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) Degree from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2003. She is the Coordinator for the Pharmacy Skills Laboratory on the Wichita Campus. Dodson has worked in both community and institutional pharmacy practice settings. Her areas of interest include pharmacist’s role in diabetic education, pediatric care and dosing and health care reform.

Ryan S. Funk
Assistant Professor
913-945-6904
The University of Kansas Hospital, Room 4073 KLSIC

Professor Funk earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. He most recently served as a postdoctoral fellow at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. His research interests include molecular mechanisms of variability in clinical response to immunologically active agents used in the treatment of pediatric autoimmune disease.

Harold Godwin
Professor Emeritus
913-558-2399
Wescoe, 6014

Associate Dean Harold Godwin earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, an M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, and completed a two-year residency in pharmacy administration at The Ohio State University Hospitals.
 

Associate Professor
785-864-3262
School of Pharmacy Building, Room 2001

Associate Professor Dennis Grauer earned his B.S. in Pharmacy in 1989 from the University of Kansas. He received his M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy in 1991 from The Ohio State University and completed an ASHP accredited residency program in 1991 at The Ohio State University Medical Center. In 2000, he earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University.

Associate Professor, Department Chair
785-864-6066
School of Pharmacy Building, Room 2001H

Department of Pharmacy Practice Chair David Henry received his BS in pharmacy and MS in hospital pharmacy administration from KU. He became interim chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in November, 2010, and chair in May, 2011. His clinical practice is with the KUMC Pediatric Hematology/Oncology team.

Clinical Assistant Professor
913-588-5390
The University of Kansas Hospital, Room Wescoe 6003

Clinical Assistant Professor James Kleoppel is a preceptor in the Inter-professional Family Medicine Student Clinic at The University of Kansas Hospital.

Brittany Melton
Assistant Professor
913-588-5392
The University of Kansas Hospital, Room Wescoe 6012

Assistant Professor Brittany Melton earned a B.S. in pharmaceutical science and a Pharm.D. at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2009.  She earned a Ph.D. in pharmacy practice from Purdue in 2013. While working on her Ph.D., she also earned the graduate certificate in survey research. She practiced in both hospital and community pharmacy settings prior to coming to KU. Melton joined the KU faculty in 2013. Her research interests include informatics, human-computer interaction, patient/medication safety and medication alert design.

Clinical Associate Professor
913-588-5379
Wescoe Hall, Room 6009L

Clinical Associate Professor Karen E. Moeller has appointments in both the Department of Pharmacy Practice and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Her primary practice site is in the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at The University of Kansas Hospitals. Moeller is active in both teaching and research. Her research interests are in the areas of substance abuse and schizophrenia.

 

Susie Muir
Pharmacist Instructor
785-864-6336
School of Pharmacy, Room 1001-B

Instructor Susie Muir earned a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1977. She has 30 years of hospital pharmacy experience throughout the country including Hawaii and six years of experience in retail working at Watkins Student Health Center. She has served as a preceptor for 36 years. Muir also served as primary JCAHO resource for 5 hospitals in Memphis TN.

Cambrey Nguyen
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information and Drug Information Specialist
785-864-6366
School of Pharmacy Building, Drug Information Center-Room 3045A

Clinical Assistant Profession, Cambrey Nguyen, earned a Pharm.D. from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2012.  After graduation, she worked for Walgreens as a Market Pharmacist then moved on to work with pharmaceutical companies as a Medical Information Specialist at ProPharma Group. She joined the KU School of Pharmacy in March 2016 as a clinical assistant professor in drug information and is a drug information specialist in the KU Drug Information Center.

 

Associate Professor, Associate Professor
913-588-5360

Rafia Rasu earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health with a major concentration in Health Economics and Outcomes Research. Rasu completed her pharmacy degrees (BPharm and MPharm) from the University of Dhaka Bangladesh, followed by an MBA from the same institution in 2001. She joined the KU School of Pharmacy as a tenured Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice in September 2014.

Rasu is the Director of the Kansas City Antibiotic Resistance Task Force (KART) program, supervises the outcomes research lab located at the KUMC Department of Pharmacy Practice, and serves as a researcher at the Kansas City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Her research interests are in the areas of outcomes research, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, managed care, health literacy, health services research, economic evaluation of health care interventions, and public health.

Ruisinger
Clinical Professor
913-588-2608
The University of Kansas Hospital, Room Wescoe, 6009K

Clinical Professor Janelle F. Ruisinger serves as the Director of the KU Community Pharmacy Residency Program. She is also a Clinical Pharmacist in the KU Medical Center Atherosclerosis and LDL-Apheresis Center which serves as her practice site and primary source for her practice based research.

 

Tiffany Shin
Clinical Assistant Professor
(316) 293-3460
Wichita Campus, Room 2331-B

Clinical Assistant Professor Tiffany Shin earned a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Science and a Pharm.D. from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 residency in Pharmacy Practice at UC Health - University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and a PGY-2 residency in Ambulatory Care with an emphasis in academia at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in Columbus, Ohio.

Sarah Shrader
Clinical Associate Professor
913-588-9829
, Room Wescoe, 6009A

Clinical Associate Professor Sarah Shrader graduated with Doctor of Pharmacy from KU in 2003. She completed PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and PGY2 in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

 

Clinical Assistant Professor
913-588-5325
, Room Wescoe, 6009D

Clinical Assistant Professor Molly Steed earned a Pharm.D. in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. She continued her training at the University of Kentucky, where she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, a PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency and The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate Program.

Cathy Thrasher
Chief Pharmacist
785-864-9517
Watkins Student Health Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
316-293-3503
Suite 2331-H, Wichita campus

Abby Winter earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University and completed community pharmacy residency training at Creighton University. She serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and is responsible for the development of a PGY1 Community Residency Program in Wichita.

Clinical Assistant Professor
785-864-5677
School of Pharmacy Building, Room 2001G

Clinical Assistant Professor Barbara Woods earned her B.S. Pharm. from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and completed a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in health services administration from KU School of Education. She also serves as director of the Multicultural Pharmacy Scholars Program for the School of Pharmacy. Her primary teaching responsibilities are Pharmacy Law and Professional Ethics.


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