Faculty work to advance the field of pharmaceutical science through state-of-the-art research and discovery in the areas of cellular and chemical biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and biopharmaceutics and drug delivery.

Explore the list below to learn more about each faculty member's research interest(s).

Andy Coop, PhD Andy Coop, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Research Interests: Synthesis of morphine (opioids) analogs and biochemical studies of the mechanisms of cocaine and methamphetamine (stimulants) attenuation -- towards developing new treatments for drug addiction
Richard Dalby Richard Dalby, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Optimization of drug delivery to the lung and nose to understand what factors affect the performance of pressurized metered dose inhalers, dry powdered inhalers, nebulizers, and nasal sprays
Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP
Dean and Professor

Research Interests: Nationally known expert in drug delivery and pharmacokinetics, with research focused on cancer therapy and treatments for disorders of the central nervous system
Steven Fletcher, PhD Steven Fletcher, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Development of new synthetic methods in organic chemistry and the disruption of protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions involved in disease, particularly cancer, by the design and synthesis of proteomimetics
David R. Goodlett, PhD David R. Goodlett, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Structure-function relationships, specifically the use of mass spectrometry to pursue research relative to proteins and glycolipids in microbiology and human health. These efforts are supported by technology development in mass spectrometry and microfluidics, as well as software development to support structure analysis and –omic pipelines.
Hazem Hassan, PhD, RPh Hazem E. Hassan, PhD, MS, RPh, RCDS
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Investigating underlying mechanisms that impact drug therapy optimization, focusing on drug pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics with a large emphasis devoted to unraveling the influence of drug transporters and drug metabolizing enzymes in mediating pharmacokinetics-based drug-drug interactions
Stephen Hoag, PhD Stephen Hoag, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Development of systematic methods for formulating controlled and immediate release tablets, and the use of mathematical models to understand the mass transport processes in hydrogels
Jace W. Jones, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Development of mass spectrometry-based platforms that couple biomarker discovery to quantitative validation from circulating and tissue metabolites and lipids; in particular, the use of high resolution tandem mass spectrometry to structurally elucidate, identify, and quantify biologically active metabolites/lipids to further understand disease/injury mechanism of action and provide insight for drug development targets
Lisa Jones, PhD Lisa Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Development of novel in cell and in vivo protein footprinting methods coupled with mass spectrometry for the characterization of protein-protein and protein-ligand interaction sites. In particular, we use oxidative labeling for the structural characterization of proteins in their native cellular environment.
Maureen Kane, PhD Maureen Kane, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director, Mass Spectrometry Center


Research Interests: Development of new bio-analytical technologies for quantitative profiling of metabolites and proteins; elucidating the role of retinoid binding and retinoid metabolism in cancer, diabetes, obesity, and inflammation
Su Dong Kim, PhD‌ Su Dong Kim, PhD‌
Affiliate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Since 2009, Dr. Kim has been actively engaged with activities to elevate South Korea's science and technology infrastructure to support scientific research and development and generate new sources of economic growth for South Korea.
Alexander MacKerell, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Structure-function relationships of proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids; computer-aided drug design targeting cancer, opioids, immunosuppression, and other diseases; the development of empirical force fields for biological and pharmaceutical compounds
Sarah Michel, PhD Sarah Michel, PhD
Professor & Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program

Research Interests: Investigation of metalloregulatory proteins that recognize and regulate DNA and RNA, and participate in inflammation, cancer, normal neuronal development, and immune response
Edward Moreton, PhD Edward Moreton, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Since 1994, Moreton has served as coordinator of faculty exchange between the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the US/Thai Consortium for the Development of Pharmacy Education in Thailand. Past research interests included investigation of neuroprotective drugs for the treatment of brain damage resulting from ischemic stroke or neurotrauma.
Amanda Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD Amanda Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Investigations into iron-responsive small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) in bacterial pathogens using a combination of genetics, proteomics, metabolomics, in vitro phenotypic analyses, in vivo infection models, and various expression analysis tools to determine how sRNAs are expressed, identify their cellular targets, and characterize their role in pathogenesis
‌‌‌‌‌James Polli, PhD James Polli, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Studies on the inclusion of bioavailability considerations in drug design and the pharmacokinetic evaluation of oral solid dosage forms
‌‌‌‌‌C.S. Raman, PhD C.S. Raman, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Multifaceted structural and biological studies that combine high-resolution X-ray crystallography with biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and evolutionary and phylogenetic analyses
Gerald Rosen, PhD Gerald Rosen, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Development of methods to detect and characterize free radicals generated during cellular metabolism; investigation of the biological consequences of these reactive species; and design and synthesis of nitroxides, as electron paramagnetic resonance imaging, as contrast agents to study in vivo physiology
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Paul Shapiro, PhD Paul Shapiro, PhD
Professor & Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Understanding the regulation and function of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) proteins with an interest in preserving their essential functions in normal cells but blocking their roles in promoting cancer cell growth
‌‌‌‌‌	Jana Shen, PhD Jana Shen, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Development of computational methods and tools for studying protein stability and folding; proton-coupled biological processes; pKa predictions; drug resistance; computational design of pH-sensitive drug carriers
‌‌‌‌‌Yan Shu, PhD Yan Shu, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Investigation of drug transport mechanisms and metabolism in therapeutics, particularly how different factors such as genetic polymorphisms and diseases affect drug transporters, metabolizing enzymes, and, therefore, drug responses
‌‌‌‌‌Audra Stinchcomb, PhD Audra Stinchcomb, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Investigation of the mechanisms and optimization of prodrug skin permeation and microneedle-enhanced skin permeation, as well as the influence of prodrug physicochemical properties on skin flux, distribution, and metabolism
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Peter Swaan, PhD Peter Swaan, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Studies of transport proteins that are key regulators of cellular uptake and homeostasis for many essential nutrients; mechanisms of drug delivery and cellular trafficking of pharmacologically active compounds under development, and computational biology to study the transport mechansim and substrate affinity requirements of membrane transporters
Marc Taraban, PhD Marc Taraban, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Dynamic nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) applications in low and high field to study solvent-solute interactions; water relaxation rate as a probe for noninvasive characterization of biopharmaceuticals; and applications of modern biophysical and structural biology methods, such as DLS, MFI, SAX(N)S, etc., to study structural characteristics and conformational dynamics in biopolymers, molecular assemblies, and dendrimers
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Hongbing Wang, PhD Hongbing Wang, PhD
Professor & Program Chair, Experimental and Translational Therapeutics

Research Interests: Investigations of the molecular mechanisms that govern the xenobiotic-induced regulation of metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters in humans, including metabolism-associated drug-drug interactions, drug-induced liver toxicity, and interaction between pharmacogenomics and nuclear receptor-mediated induction of drug-metabolizing enzymes
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Jia Bei Wang, PhD Jia Bei Wang, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Understanding brain function, the molecular and cellular basis of mental diseases, and the discovery of new medicine and treatment strategies for these diseases, with a focus on drug addiction research
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Angela Wilks, PhD Angela Wilks, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Program Chair of Chemical and Biological Discovery

Research Interests: Addressing the question of how bacterial pathogens acquire and utilize heme as an iron source in survival and virulence has led to the design of patented inhibitors of heme utilization as novel antimicrobials. Utilizing a systems biology approach, this research combines bacterial genetics, metabolomics, biochemical and biophysical tools
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Patrick Wintrode, PhD Patrick Wintrode, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Characterization of pathological protein conformations using biophysical techniques to elucidate how these contribute to disease; mass spectrometry and computer simulations are also being used to determine how the molecular dynamics of HIV proteins contribute to drug susceptibility and drug resistance
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Fengtian Xue, PhD Fengtian Xue, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Investigation of the mechanism and biological functions of disease-related enzymes using novel cellular imaging agents, as well as rational design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of potential medicinal agents for human diseases such as traumatic brain injury, neurodegeneration, and cancer
‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Bruce Yu, PhD Bruce Yu, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Biomaterials engineering research to investigate the link between molecular chirality and material mechanical properties, and research in the area of imaging technologies towards developing imaging agents for multicolor F-19 MRI
Wenbo Yu, PhD Wenbo Yu, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Computer-aided drug design (CADD) targeting cancer and other diseases; new CADD methods development and coding; force field development; and molecular level simulation for phenomenon of biological and medicinal interests