Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

The University of Mississippi
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  • Welcome to the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

    Pharmaceutics is the discipline of pharmacy that deals with the science of dosage form design and embraces all facets of the process of turning a new chemical entity (NCE) into a medication that can be safely and effectively used by patients in the community. There are many chemicals with known pharmacological properties but a raw chemical cannot be administered, as such, to the patient.

    The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery provides curricular content in the areas of physical pharmacy, biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical compounding and dosage form design, in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.) and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree programs. The department’s graduate education program prepares master’s and Ph.D. graduates with scientific competence in preformulation, formulation development, pharmaceutical processing/manufacturing, and targeted drug delivery systems. The faculty’s postgraduate education program includes the Hands-On Course in Tablet Technology . The faculty maintain a robust research program supported by the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies, foundations and private industry.  Corporate engagement is managed through the department’s Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology . The faculty participate on multidisciplinary teams in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences that are charged with advancing new pharmaceutical products and technologies with promising commercial potential.

    Recent News

    Student Successes Allow UM Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Program to Flourish

    Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery GraduatesAugust 16, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery is making a strong commitment to students’ futures. Whether a student goes into the pharmaceutical job market or wants to further their education, students of the master’s program are prepared when graduation arrives.

    The success of the program is evident in its numbers, as the department had its largest graduating class of 17 students hooded at the 2018 commencement ceremony.

    Read more: “Student Successes Allow UM Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Program to Flourish”


    Pharmaceutics Grad Student Honored for 3D Printing Research

    Jiaxiang ZhangAugust 10, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Jiaxiang Zhang, a graduate student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, was awarded Best Oral Presentation at the Controlled Release Society Meeting in New York City last month.

    Zhang’s presentation focused on combining 3D printing with hot-melt extrusion ­– a process that melts and mixes polymers and drugs into rod-like shapes. Once formed, the rods can be immediately delivered into the 3D printer to create personalized drug dosages in the forms of tablets, capsules and films.

    Read more: “Pharmaceutics Grad Student Honored for 3D Printing Research”


    University Joins Pharmaceutical Research Collective

    Tablet courseJuly 16, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi is the newest member of an elite group of 18 universities that make up the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology & Education.

    NIPTE is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the design, development and manufacturing processes of pharmaceutical products by connecting members of the pharmaceutical industry with top-ranked pharmaceutical educational programs.

    Read more: “University Join Pharmaceutical Research Collective”


    Nanomedicine Topic for Semester’s Final UM Science Cafe

    Chalet TanApril 19, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – The use of nanotechnology in the diagnosis, imaging and treatment of human diseases is the topic of the University of Mississippi’s next monthly Science Cafe.

    Chalet Tan, associate professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery and research associate professor in UM’s Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, will discuss “NanoMedicine: Less is More” Tuesday (April 24) at the fourth and final Science Cafe of the semester. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Lusa Bakery Bistro and Bar, 1120 North Lamar Blvd. Admission is free.

    Read more: “Nanomedicine Topic for Semester’s Final UM Science Cafe”


    Doctoral Student Wins Graduate School Award

    March 28, 2018

    Karthik Yadav Janga, doctoral student in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, won the University of Mississippi Graduate School’s 2018 Graduate Achievement Award in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery. Janga will be recognized at the Honors & Awards Convocation at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018.


    Pharmacy School Offers New Industrial Pharmacy Master’s Program

    Pharmaceutics graduate students Tabish Mehraj (left) and Corinne Sweeney (right) work with equipment that will be integral to the new Master’s of Industrial Pharmacy program.March 22, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering a new non-thesis track master’s program this fall that will focus on preparing students with a science or engineering background to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

    The two-year program is geared toward graduates with bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, biology and chemistry who want to go directly into the pharmaceutical industry. By focusing mainly on the applied knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce, graduates will be better prepared to make an immediate impact on the job.

    Read more: “Pharmacy School Offers New Industrial Pharmacy Master’s Program”


    Pharmaceutics Grad Student Wins Scholarship for Alzheimer’s Research

    Purnendu Sharma and S. MurthyFebruary 23, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Purnendu Sharma, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, received an Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Scholarship for his research on the natural product, Resiniferatoxin, or RTX.

    Sharma’s project, titled “Effect of Resiniferatoxin, a TrpV1 Receptor Agonist on Neuronal Cells and evaluating it In vitro Neurotrophic Activity for Neurodegenerative Disorders,” showed the potential of RTX to help in the treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

    Read more: “Pharmaceutics Grad Student Wins Scholarship for Alzheimer’s Research”


    New Master’s Program Offers Emphasis in Industrial Pharmacy

    Eman Ashour and Walt ChamblissFebruary 20, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Starting in fall 2018, the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy will be offering a brand-new professional master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in industrial pharmacy.

    The program will complement the existing Master of Science program in pharmaceutics and drug delivery by adding several courses that focus on pharmaceutical formulation development, manufacturing and regulatory sciences. The new nonthesis program will focus on the professional aspects of the industry.

    Read more: “New Master’s Program Offers Emphasis in Industrial Pharmacy”

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