Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

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Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery News

August 2018

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.

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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.

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July 2018

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.

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April 2018

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.

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March 2018

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.

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February 2018

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.

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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.

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S. Narasimha MurthyNovember 15, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy pharmaceutics professor S. Narasimha Murthy was elected as a Fellow of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists last weekend, one of the highest honors given to its members.

At its annual conference in San Diego on November 12, AAPS honored eight recipients, including Murthy, who have demonstrated a sustained level of professional excellence in fields related to its mission. Murthy conducts research to develop noninvasive technologies for the treatment of chronic disorders. He also founded a non-profit research organization in his home country of India to foster research that addresses unmet medical needs.

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UM Graduate Eman Ashour Joins Pharmacy Faculty

Eman AshourNovember 1, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – It seems Eman Ashour can’t stay away from Oxford. Last month, she joined the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy as a research assistant professor after various stints within the school, and she’s happy to be sticking around.

“I like Oxford and this environment,” Ashour said. “I believe that the University of Mississippi has a very strong School of Pharmacy. When I found this opportunity, I knew I had to apply.”

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June 2017

Pharmacy School Recognizes Outstanding Faculty, Researchers

Dr. Kristie Willett won the 2017 Instructional Innovation Award at the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy Faculty Retreat

June 19, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – The UM School of Pharmacy recognized four professors and researchers for their excellence in and commitment to service, research and teaching at the annual faculty and research scientist retreat on June 15.

“Our faculty and scientists are consistently recognized externally for their efforts,” said David D. Allen, dean of the pharmacy school. “I was honored to present them with awards…

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April 2017

Pharmacy School Recognizes Students with Honors Banquet

April 27, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Two Ole Miss chapters of pharmacy honors societies will co-host a banquet this Friday to initiate new members into both societies and recognize the outstanding academics and leadership of existing society members.

The UM chapter of the Rho Chi Society, which honors pharmacy academic achievement, will induct 22 second-year pharmacy students, 15 graduate students and two faculty members. Pharmacy students must be academically in the top 20% of their class to be considered for Rho Chi…

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February 2017

School of Pharmacy Partners to Create New Pharmaceutical Technology

Dr. Narasimha Murthy, professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, in his labFebruary 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – As part of its roster of scientific research, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will join technology group STEERLife in a four-year collaborative project to revamp pharmaceutical drug development and manufacturing

STEERLife designs, creates and implements technology and processes for improving the quality of pharmaceutical products. The company approached Narasimha Murthy, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, and Michael Repka, professor and chair…

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August 2015

Pharmaceutics Department Celebrates Course Milestone

August 20, 2015

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will celebrate the 50th Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology Sept. 13-18.

“We are very excited to commemorate this milestone in our program,” said Ed Brunson, course director. “The success of the Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology has been outstanding. With 20 to 40 participants per course, our reach has greatly expanded since the first class in 1998.”

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