Valentino J. Stella

School of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories
Room 121A
University of Kansas
2095 Constant Ave
Lawrence, KS


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.


General research interests might be defined as the application of physical organic chemistry to solving pharmaceutical problems (prodrugs, drug stability, biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics, especially as they relate to prodrugs, dissolution and other phase transport phenomena, etc. Specifically:

1. Prodrugs.

2. Novel drug delivery systems.

3. Preformulation studies on parenteral cytotoxic and antiAIDs drugs.

4. Development and assessment of novel, modified cyclodextrins.

5. Sulfenamides as prodrugs.

6. Novel peroxide scavengers

Research Interests

  • Prodrugs
  • Drug stability
  • Cyclodextrins
  • Drug formulation

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU