Research in the department of pharmaceutics encompasses studies in pharmacokinetics, quantitative pharmacology, pharmacometrics, pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutical biotechnology and drug delivery.

cancer therapy

Thomas Schmittgen

Dr. Schmittgen’s research interests include cancer therapeutics, exosomes as targeted drug delivery systems and the role of noncoding RNAs in cancer initiation and progression.

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Immune-heterogeneity and cellular diversity

Mei He

Dr. He’s research interests include 3D printing and biomaterials, cancer immunotherapy, extracellular Vesicles and exosomes for biological programming and nanodelivery, microfluidic organ on chip and regenerative and precision therapeutics.

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Pharmacokinetics of Inhaled glucocorticoids

Guenther Hochhaus

Dr. Hochhaus’ research interests include the relationship between the drug and formulation properties of inhalation drugs, their pharmacokinetic and dynamic properties, and bioequivalence pharmacodynamic effects.

Guenther Hochhaus

optimizing pharmacy education

William Cary Mobley

Dr. Mobley’s Research interests include application of instructional design principles to optimize student pharmacist learning and the application of critical thinking and reasoning skills to help develop problem-solving abilities.

Cary Mobley

Pharmacometrics and systems pharmacology

Stephan Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt’s research interests include the application of quantitative analysis tools to address clinically relevant research questions in the areas of antimicrobial chemotherapy, pediatrics, diabetes, cardiovascular safety and postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Stephan Schmidt

Gene and stem cell therapy

Sihong Song

Dr. Song’s research interests include adeno-associated virus, or AAV, vector biology, liver and muscle gene delivery, novel function of alpha 1 antitrypsin, or AAT, AAT deficiency and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

Sonal Song


Valvanera Vozmediano

Dr. Vozmediano’s research interests include model-informed drug development for strategic decision making in special populations, implementation of pharmacometric-based regulatory strategies, and application of translational research to animal health.


Nanomedicine, Gene & Cellular Therapy

Fan Zhang

Dr.Zhang‚Äôs research focuses on developing synthetic nanoplatforms to direct immune cells as “living therapeutics.” To this end, his laboratory integrates materials science, immunology, synthetic biology and translational medicine to create novel nanotherapeutics for controlled modulation of the immune system.

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2019-20 research funding

$1.2 million

Faculty in the department of pharmaceutics secured $1.2 million in research funding in 2019-20.

Stephan Schmidt, Ph.D., and his research team use computer simulation models to study drug interactions.

Established in 2011

Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology

Creating a uniquely rigorous and integrative academic translational science program in quantitative clinical pharmacology with a focus on precision medicine.