Rodrigo Cristofoletti, Ph.D., has been promoted to a tenure-track assistant professor position in the department of pharmaceutics at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. His new faculty appointment began July 1, 2020.
Cristofoletti joined the college in 2019 as a research assistant professor. He is based out of the UF Research and Academic Center in Lake Nona and collaborates with UF scientists in the Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology. His primary research interests include:
- Integrating advanced in vitro product performance characterization and quantitative methods and modeling to inform the development of targeted drug delivery system for infectious and neurogenerative diseases, as well as to support the development of complex generics
- Developing and validating 3D microfluidic cell culture systems to emulate the small intestine, lung and blood-brain barrier in order to investigate drug tissue distribution and infection mechanism
- Understanding the impact of chronic and infectious diseases on oral drug absorption
Cristofoletti joined UF following 15 years at the Brazilian drug regulatory agency ANVISA. While there, his research on oral drug absorption has helped in building scientific foundations for generic policies within Brazilian jurisdiction. He received the Simcyp Academic Most Informative and Scientific Report 2017 Award for his research on translational modeling strategies to establishing an in vitro-in vivo link. In addition, he’s authored more than 50 publications and is editing a book entitled, “The Science and Art of Physiologically-based Pharmacokinetics Modeling.”
In Cristofoletti’s new tenure-track position, he will be recruiting graduate students and post-doctoral trainees to work in his lab.