Dean Kenneth L. Audus earned a B.S. from the University of South Dakota in 1980 and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1984. He was also a postdoctoral associate at KU from 1984-1986.
Audus' research interests focused on the application of endothelial and epithelial cell and tissue culture systems to study mechanisms of drug transport, metabolism, and tissue permeability regulation. His research included establishment of tissue culture systems comprised of brain microvessel endothelium (i.e., the blood-brain barrier) and trophoblasts (i.e., the placental barrier).
Audus served as chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry for six years prior to his appointment as dean in 2004.