Kenneth L. Audus

School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Administration
Primary office:
School of Pharmacy Building
Room 2050
The University of Kansas
2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Second office:
School of Pharmacy Building


Kenneth L. (“Ken”) Audus holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of South Dakota in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1984. After completing postdoctoral work in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas, he joined the faculty of that Department in 1986 and worked his way up through the academic ranks to become a Full Professor in 1996 and then Chair of the Department in 1998. Dr. Audus became Dean of the School of Pharmacy in April of 2004.

Dr. Audus is an Editor for the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and is a member the editorial board of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics. He serves as a consultant and on the Board of Trustees and/or Directors of a number of private and public foundations. Dr. Audus is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and he has been recognized as an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year and for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas. Dr. Audus is the author or co-author of more than165 research articles, one patent, and the co-editor of one book on these topics.


Dean Audus’ research interests have included the development and application of cell culture models to study drug distribution across the blood-brain barrier for the treatment of tumors and Alzheimer’s disease, and human trophoblast culture systems for studying how drug distribution across the placenta might be controlled and provide for safer drugs for mother and the fetus during pregnancy.

Research Interests

  • Blood-brain barrier
  • Placental barrier
  • Endothelia
  • Trophoblasts
  • In vitro models
  • Transport
  • Metabolism
  • Drug delivery.

Selected Publications

Joshi, A. A., Vaidya, S. S., St-Pierre, M. V., Mikheev, A. M., Nyandege, A. N., Audus, K. L., Unadkat, J. D., & Gerk, P. M. (2016). Placental ABC Transporters: Biological Impact and Pharmaceutical Significance. Pharmaceutical research. DOI:10.1007/s11095-016-2028-8

Kuhnline Sloan, C. D., Nandi, P. Linz, T. H., Aldrich, J. V., Audus, K. L., & Lunte, S. M. (2012). Analytical and biological methods for probing the blood-brain barrier. Annu Rev Anal Chem, 5, 505–531. DOI:10.1146/annurev-anchem-062011-143002

Audus, K. L., Moreton, J. E., Normann, S. A., Sands, C. D., Seaba, H. H., Wincor, M. Z., Sagraves, R. & Miller, K. W. (2010). Going global: the report of the 2009-2010 Research and Graduate Affairs Committee. Am J Pharm Educ, 74(10), S8.

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.

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