Research Faculty

Research faculty at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy are nationally renowned for their work in the fields of pharmaceutical sciences and health outcomes research.

Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR)

Peter Doshi, PhDPeter Doshi, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Research Interests: Credible evidence synthesis; evidence-based medicine; reporting biases; drug safety; drug regulation; medical journalism; evidence, policy, and advocacy in public health
Susan DosReis, PhDSusan DosReis, BSPharm, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Research Interests: Pharmacoepidemiology; pediatric mental health behavioral science
C. Daniel Mullins, PhDC. Daniel Mullins, PhD
Professor & Interim Chair, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Research Interests: Pharmacoeconomics; comparative effectiveness research and health disparities
Ebere Onukwugha, MS, PhDEbere Onukwugha, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor & Director, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Graduate Program

Research Interests: Economist and econometrician
Frank Palumbo, BSPharm, MS, PhD, JDFrank Palumbo, BSPharm, MS, PhD, JD
Professor & Executive Director, Center on Drugs and Public Policy

Research Interests: Legal and policy ramifications of health care
Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, MSEleanor Perfetto, PhD, MS
Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Research Interests: Health policy issues, including issues related to comparative effectiveness research, health care quality performance measurement, patient-focused drug development, and reimbursement
Francoise Pradel, PhDFrancoise Pradel, BSPharm, MS, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Research Interests: Health behavior research in kidney disease; decision-making of patients with chronic diseases; program evaluation
Fadia Shaya, MPH, PhDFadia Shaya, MPH, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Research Interests: Epidemiology; health services research in cardiovascular health and disparities
Linda Simoni-Wastila, BSPharm, MSPH, PhDLinda Simoni-Wastila, BSPharm, MSPH, PhD
Professor & Vice Chair of Research

Research Interests: Health services research in mental health and substance use disorders in geriatrics
Bruce Stuart, PhDBruce Stuart, PhD
Professor & Director, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging

Research Interests: Health economics and Medicare policy
Sarah Tom, PhDSarah Tom, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Research Interests: Aging; women's health; sleep problems
Julie Zito, BSPharm, PhDJulie Zito, BSPharm, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

Research Interests: Pediatric mental health; public health

Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC)

Andrew Coop, PhDAndy Coop, PhD
Professor & Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences

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, PhDRichard Dalby, PhD
Professor & Associate Dean, 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
Steven Fletcher, PhDSteven Fletcher, PhD
Assistant 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
Young Ah Goo, PhDYoung Ah Goo, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Use of mass spectrometry-based proteomics applications to study biological questions, applying global systems approaches with focus towards the discovery of diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for human diseases.
David Goodlett, PhDDavid R. Goodlett, PhD
Professor & Director, Mass Spectrometry Facility

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, RPhHazem Hassan, PhD, RPh
Research 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, PhDStephen 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
Maureen Kane, PhDMaureen Kane, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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
David P.A. Kilgour, PhD, CChemDavid P.A. Kilgour, PhD, CChem
Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Development of mass spectrometry-based analysis systems; in particular, development of new software to improve mass spectrometry data post-processing, new ionization and fragmentation sources, providing new insights into quadrupole and FT-ICR mass analyzer fundamentals, and applications of artificial intelligence to mass spectrometry.
Alexander MacKerell, PhDAlexander 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, PhDSarah Michel, PhD
Associate 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
Amanda Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhDAmanda Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Investigation of the effects of iron and heme on the virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important human pathogen that commonly plagues cancer patients, burn victims, and individuals with cystic fibrosis
James Polli, PhDJames 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, PhDC.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, PhDGerald Rosen, PhD
Emerson 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, PhDPaul Shapiro, PhD
Professor of 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, PhDJana 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, PhDYan 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
Wanli Smith, PhDWanli Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Studies of cellular signaling pathways involved in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and other disorders, such as obesity, with the aim to identify novel therapeutic targets and to discover new drugs for intervention
Audra Stinchcomb, PhDAudra 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, PhDPeter 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
Sudha Veeraraghavan, PhDSudha Veeraraghavan, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Understanding structure-activity relationship in proteins using structural, biophysical, and biochemical tools, including NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and microarrays; work has resulted in a patent on peptides that target human proteasomes
Hongbing Wang, PhDHongbing Wang, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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, PhDJia 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, PhDAngela Wilks, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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, PhDPatrick 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, PhDFengtian 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, PhDBruce Yu, PhD
Associate 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

Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS)

Tom Dowling, PharmD, PhDTom Dowling, PharmD, PhD
Professor & Vice Chair for Scholarship and Research

Research Interests: Kidney disease and dialysis; clinical pharmacology and translational research; pharmacogenomics; pharmacokinetics; GFR measurements; clinical trials; bioanalytical methods development
Joga Gobburu, PhDJoga Gobburu, PhD
Professor & Director, Center for Translational Medicine

Research Interests: Pediatrics; clinical pharmacology and translational research; comparative effectiveness; pharmacometrics