School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi

Faculty and Scientist Research Expertise

For research-related inquiries, please contact Melissa King at or (662) 915-7828.



Faculty/Scientist Department Research Expertise
Dr. Kim Adcock Pharmacy Practice Pediatrics, Neonatal Medicine, Chronic Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Ethics, Clinical Research, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Educational Research
Dr. Abbas Ali NCNPR Discovery & development of natural products for Integrated Pest Management; Screening of natural products for their repellency and toxicity against Mosquitoes and Fire Ants; Designing management strategies against pests of medical and urban importance
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali NCNPR Natural Products Chemistry; Isolation/Characterization
Dr. Bahram Alidaee Pharmacy Administration Applied Management Science, Operations Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Dr. Eman Ashour Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Pre-formulation, Formulation Development, Enhance Solubility and Bioavailability of Poor Water-Soluble Drugs Using Solid Dispersion Approaches, Hot-Melt Extrusion, 3-D Printing
Dr. Nicole Ashpole BioMolecular Sciences Neuroscience, Aging, Geroscience, Learning and Memory
Dr. Bharathi Avula NCNPR Validation, Method Development, Dietary Supplements, Herbals/Botanicals, Chemical Profiling, Biological Samples
Dr. Phil Ayers Pharmacy Practice Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Specialized Nutrition Support, Parenteral Nutrition Safety, Acid-Base Disorders, Transitions of Care
Dr. Premalatha Balachandran NCNPR Anticancer drug disovery (botanical drugs); Pre-clinical studies in mouse tumor models; Signal Tranduction pathway screening/ high Throughput methods; in vivo Immune modulation ; 3D skin model for toxiity and permeation; SARS-CoV -2 inhibitor screening assays
Dr. Benjamin F. Banahan Pharmacy Administration Health Outcomes, Pharmacy Quality Measures, Drug Utilization, Medicaid, Pharmacoepidemiology
Dr. Katie E. Barber Pharmacy Practice Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Bacterial Resistance
Dr. Marie Barnard Pharmacy Administration Public Health Issues in Pharmacy; Health Behavior; Health Outcomes; Intimate Partner Violence; STEM Education; Program Evaluation; Community-based Research; Pharmaceutical Marketing & Patient Behavior
Dr. John P. Bentley Pharmacy Administration Pharmaceutical Marketing & Patient Behavior, Evaluation of Healthcare Providers by Patients, Quality of Life, Medication Use, Misuse, & Outcomes, Medication Adherence, Ethics & Professionalism, Tobacco Use, Control, and Cessation Among College Students, Pharmacy Practice Management, Statistical Mediation Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis
Dr. Sandy I. Bentley Pharmacy Practice Tobacco Cessation, Medication Error Prevention
Dr. Kaustuv Bhattacharya Pharmacy Administration Pharmacoeconomics; Pharmacoepidemiology; Cancer survivorship, Oncology outcomes; Comparative Effectiveness; Administrative claims data research; Healthcare quality; Patient-centered outcomes
Dr. Paul Boudreau BioMolecular Sciences Drug Discovery, Isolation of Natural Products, Marine Natural Products, Natural Products Isolation and Structure Elucidation, Symbiosis, Mass Spectrometry-based Metabolomics
Dr. Alicia S. Bouldin Pharmacy Administration Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Decision-Making, Motivation, Professionalism
Dr. Meagan A. Brown Pharmacy Practice Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Cardiometabolic Diseases; Community-Based Research; Community Pharmacy; Rural Health; Health Disparities; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Dr. Ruofan Cao BioMolecular Sciences Imaging, Microscopy, Cytometry, Image processing, fluorescence lifetime imaging, Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
Dr. Amanda Capino Pharmacy Practice Pediatrics, Critical Care, Drug Withdrawal, Health Literacy
Dr. Walter G. Chambliss Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Formulation Development, Modified Release Formations, Regulations, Patent Prosecution
Dr. Suman Chandra NCNPR Conservation, Multiplication, & Improvement of Medicinal Plants, Effects of Possible Future Climatic Changes on Physiology & Secondary Metabolites of Medicinally Important Plants
Dr. Amar Chittiboyina NCNPR Asymmetric Organic Synthesis, Total Synthesis of Natural Products, Chemical Modifications, Medicinal Chemistry, Structure-Activity Relationships, Biogenesis, Alternative Methods, Application of In-Silico Techniques
Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio BioMolecular Sciences Targeted Cancer Therapy, Gene Transfer, Anticancer Therapy Screening, Personalized Medicine, Natural Products, Botanical Drugs, Cancer Stem Cells
Dr. David A. Colby NCNPR Natural Products, Fluorine, Cancer, Medicinal Chemistry, Addiction
Dr. Courtney Davis Pharmacy Practice Diabetes, Cardiometric, Education, Community-Based
Dr. Joseph A. Dikun Pharmacy Administration Student Leadership Development, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Pharmacy Management, Community Pharmacy Practice Advancement
Dr. Robert J. Doerksen BioMolecular Sciences Computational Medicinal Chemistry; Properties of Small Molecules; Protein Structure; Protein-Ligand Interactions; Protein Kinases; Cannabinoid Receptors; Malaria; Computational Glycoscience
Dr. Sally Earl Pharmacy Practice Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Transitions of Care, Chronic Disease Management, Pharmacy Service Integration into Value-based Health Care Models
Dr. Mahmoud A. ElSohly Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Cannabis & Cannabinoids Chemistry, Product Development, Natural Products, Analytical Procedures
Dr. Joshua Fleming Pharmacy Practice Adherence, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Leadership: Health/Wellness
Dr. Laurie Warrington Fleming Pharmacy Practice Cardiometabolic Disease, Community-Based Research, Experiential Education, Endocrinology
Dr. Rama S. Gadepalli BioMolecular Sciences Synthesis; Purification; Molecular Modification Methods; Plant-Derived Medicinal Compounds
Dr. Deborah Gochfeld NCNPR Marine Chemical Ecology; Marine Natural Products; Coral and Sponge Diseases; Environmental Toxicology; Marine Ecology; Climate Change; Multistressor effects on sponges and bivalves
Dr. Bill Gurley NCNPR Dietary Supplement Safety; Herb-drug Interactions; Human Phytochemical Disposition; Clincal Pharmacokinetics; Dietary Supplement Dosage Form Performance
Dr. Seena Haines Pharmacy Practice Endocrinology, Obesity, Women’s Health, Tobacco Cessation, Faculty/Preceptor Development
Dr. Stuart T. Haines Pharmacy Practice Ambulatory Care, Anticoagulation Therapy, Diabetes, Hypertension, Implementation Science, Instructional Methods, Instructional Technology, Patient Management, Stroke Prevention, Venous Thromboembolism
Dr. Mona Hamdi Haron NCNPR Biological Screening of Natural Products (FASD, Neuro-protection and Immune Enhancement); Preclinical Studies (Herb-Drug Interaction, PK, Drug Metabolism and Bioavailability)
Dr. T. Kristopher Harrell Pharmacy Practice Experiential Education, Preceptor Development, Student Development, Cardiovascular Disease, Adult and Childhood Obesity
Dr. H.M.T. Bandara Herath NCNPR Natural Product Chemistry, Isolation, Purification, Activity & Toxicity
Dr. Erin Holmes Pharmacy Administration Health Policy, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacy Management, Pharmacy Law, Pharmacy Services
Dr. Mohamed Ali Ibrahim NCNPR Natural Products Chemistry, Drug Discovery, Anticancer: Depression Disorders, MRSA, Organic Chemistry, Drug Design, Phytochemistry
Dr. Muhammad Ilias NCNPR Natural Product Drug Discovery; Anti-infective; Anticancer; Neuropharmacology; Centrifugal Chromatography
Dr. Anastasia B. Jenkins Pharmacy Practice Practice Model Advancement; Institutional Pharmacy Practice; Parenteral Nutrition; Scholarship of Teaching & Learning; Transitions of Care; Nutrition Support
Dr. Seongbong Jo Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Targeted Drug Delivery, Molecular Imaging, Photodynamic Therapy, Stimuli-Sensitive Polymers
Dr. Ikhlas A. Khan NCNPR Safety, Quality, Dietary Supplements, Microbial Transformation, Medicinal Plant Products, Large Scale Extraction, Natural Products
Dr. Shabana Khan NCNPR Biological screening (malaria, cancer, inflammation, diabetes, and metabolic disorder); MOA studies and in vivo efficacy of natural products against metabolic disorder (TypeII diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease); Preclinical studies: ADME, pharmacokinetics, metabolism, transport and bioavailability of phytochemicals; drug interaction potential of botanical dietary supplements; skin sensitization potential of phytochemicals in cosmetic products.
Dr. Hemant Lata NCNPR Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture, Cryopreservation & Alternative Techniques for Long-term Storage of Clonal Plant Germplasm, Evaluation of Micropropagated Plants for Synthesis of Secondary Metabolites & Genetic Stability
Dr. Xing-Cong Li NCNPR Natural Products Chemistry, Medicinal Plants, Agrochemicals, Antifungal, Anti-Infective
Dr. Jing Li BioMolecular Sciences

Computational medicinal chemistry, Molecular modeling and simulation, Protein structure and function, Membrane protein, Ion channel

Dr. Soumyajit Majumdar Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

Physicochemical Characterization, Biopharmaceutics, Formulation Development, Ocular, Transmucosal, Prodrugs, Transporter-targeting, Nanoparticles

Dr. Katie S. McClendon Student Services Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Obesity, Bariatric Surgery, Diabetes, Comprehensive Medication Management
Dr. Alex Mills Pharmacy Practice HIV/AIDS; Ambulatory Care; Pharmacy Residency Education; Stigma; Underserved Populations; Transgender Health; LGBTQ+ Health
Dr. Sushil Mishra BioMolecular Sciences Computational Glycosciences; Structure and Dynamics of Glycans, Proteins, and Protein-Glycan Complexes Through Computation; Homology Modeling; Docking; Molecular Dynamics Simulation; Replica-Exchange Molecular Dynamics; Binding Free-energy Prediction; Linear Interaction Energy (LIE) Approach; Umbrella Sampling; Free-energy Perturbation (FEP); GPU Computing
Dr. Sandeep Misra BioMolecular Sciences Protein Structure-Function Analysis; Hydroxyl Radical Protein Footprinting; Proteomics; Metabolomics; Mass Spectrometry; Chromatography; Protein-protein & Protein-Carbohydrate Interaction
Dr. Natalie Montgomery Pharmacy Practice Inpatient Pharmacy, Critical Care, Adult Medicine, Pediatrics, Outcomes Research, Medication Safety, Transitions of Care, Educational Research
Dr. Dale G. Nagle BioMolecular Sciences Tumor Metabolism, Antitumor Pharmacology
Dr. N.P. Dhammika Nanayakkara NCNPR Natural Product: Isolation, Chemistry, & Synthesis
Dr. Ahmed M. Osman NCNPR Isolation & Structural Elucidation of Natural Products; Chemical Modification of Natural Products; Chemical Derivatization of Natural Products; Pharmacognosy; Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Pankaj Pandey NCNPR Computational Medicinal Chemistry, Protein-Structure and Ligand-Based Drug Design, Molecular Dynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Botanical-Drug Interactions, ADME predictions, Protein-Protein Interactions, Natural products, Neuroscience, Virtual Screening, ECD, OR, and NMR prediction, QSAR, Cheminformatics
Dr. Jason Paris BioMolecular Sciences Addiction, HIV/AIDS, Neurodegeneration, Neuroendocrinology, Psychiatric Disorders, Sex Differences
Dr. Iffat Parveen NCNPR Gene Cloning & Expression of Proteins, Secondary Metabolites, Molecular Biology, DNA Barcode, PCR, Dietary Supplements, Medicinal Plants
Dr. Adam Pate Pharmacy Practice Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Student Success, Motivation, Item-Writing Technique
Dr. Kristen Pate Pharmacy Practice Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Pharmacy Education, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process
Dr. Ha Phan Pharmacy Practice Transitions of Care for Pediatric Patients; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Wellbeing and Resilience; Ambulatory Service Implementation and Sustainability; Ambulatory Billing
Dr. James J. Pitcock Pharmacy Practice Cardiovascular; Heart Failure; Teaching & Learning; Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Eric Pittman Pharmacy Administration Medicaid, Fraud Detection Analyses, Cost-Effectiveness Analyses, Provider Education, Mental Health Treatment
Dr. Vitor Pomin BioMolecular Sciences NMR spectroscopy, Structural (Glyco)biology, Marine Natural Products, Glycomics, Carbohydrate-Protein Interactions, Interactomics, Anticoagulation, Antithrombosis
Dr. Nirmal D.C. Pugh NCNPR Immune, Product Development, Botanical, Dietary Supplement, Plant Microbiome, Standardization, Activators and Inhibitors of Pathogen Recognition Receptors
Dr. Mohamed M. Radwan NCNPR Cannabis, Metabolites from Plant, Fungi, & Marine Sources, Isolation & Structure Elucidation, Quality Control, Analysis of Natural Products
Dr. Sujith Ramachandran Pharmacy Administration Pharmacoepidemiology, Scale Development, Psychometrics, Patient-reported Outcomes, Health Outcomes, Administrative Claims Data Research; Healthcare Quality, Prescription Drug Abuse, Opioid Use, Stimulant Misuse, Mental Illness, Chronic Conditions
Dr. Vijayasankar Raman NCNPR Plant Taxonomy, Morphology, Anatomy, Identification and Authentication, Light Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Botanical Repository, Plant Photography
Dr. Junaid Rehman NCNPR Discovery & Product Development (natural & synthetic), Pest Control Strategies, Toxicity of Natural Products against Insects, Urban & Crop Pests, Human-Insecticide Exposure, Plant Protection
Dr. Michael A. Repka Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Hot-melt Extrusion Technology, Drug Delivery, Solubilization Enhancement Techniques, 3D Printing, Pre-formulation and Formulation, Transmucosal/Transdermal/Transnail
Dr. Daniel M. Riche Pharmacy Practice Cardiometabolics, Diabetes, Lipids, Hypertension, Testosterone, Dietary Supplements, Natural Products, Clinical Trials, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Educational Research
Dr. John M. Rimoldi BioMolecular Sciences Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry, LC-MS Analysis, Natural Product Neurotoxins, Anticancer Drug Development, Environmental Chemistry
Dr. Gregg Roman BioMolecular Sciences Behavioral neuroscience, neural genetics, alcohol tolerance and self-administration, exploratory behaviors, olfactory learning, Drosophila transgenesis, optogenetics, optical physiology.
Dr. Courtney Roper BioMolecular Sciences Air Pollution, Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5), GC-MS, PM2.5 Filter Extraction Methods, Developmental Toxicology 
Dr. Meagen Rosenthal Pharmacy Administration Cardiometabolic Diseases, Community-Based Research, Ambulatory Care, Community Pharmacy, Rural Health, Health Disparities, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Diversity, Equity and Inlcusion
Dr. Samir A. Ross BioMolecular Sciences Drug Discovery, Anti-infective, Neuropharmacology, Microbial Transformation, Carbohydrate Chemistry, NMR Spectroscopy
Dr. Sudeshna Roy BioMolecular Sciences Synthetic Methods Development, Fluorine Chemistry, Antibiotic Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Ziaeddin Shariat-Madar BioMolecular Sciences Plasma kallikrein kinin system (KKS), Cardiometabolics, Inflammation, Metabolic Syndrome
Dr. Joshua Sharp BioMolecular Sciences Mass Spectrometry, Structural Biology, Glycosaminoglycans, Protein-Ligand Interactions
Dr. Justin J. Sherman Pharmacy Practice Men’s Health Issues; Diabetes; Smoking Cessation; Instructional Design & Education; Community Practice; Cannabinoids
Dr. Marc Slattery BioMolecular Sciences Marine Ecology, Marine Biotechnology, Environmental Toxicology, Biochemical Adaptations
Dr. Cole Stevens BioMolecular Sciences Biosynthesis of Specialized Metabolites, Bacterial Predator-Prey Interactions, Myxobacteria
Dr. James A. Stewart, Jr. BioMolecular Sciences Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiomyopathy, Role of Extracellular Matrix, Advanced Glycation Endproduct (AGE)-Receptor for AGEs (AGE-RAGE), Fibrosis
Dr. Kayla R. Stover Pharmacy Practice Infectious Diseases, Antifungals, Pharmacotherapy, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Microbiology, Education, Teaching and Learning
Dr. Donna Strum School of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy, Marketing & Management Theories, Pharmacy Services, Health Care Quality, Medication Safety
Dr. Natascha Techen NCNPR Molecular Marker, DNA Barcode, PCR, Dietary Supplements, Medicinal Plants
Dr. Gary D. Theilman Pharmacy Practice Education, Technology, Assessment, Web
Dr. Emily Tschumper Pharmacy Practice Inpatient Pharmacy, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Adult Medicine
Dr. Noa Valcarcel-Ares BioMolecular Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Pharmacology, Cultural Competency
Dr. Jamie L. Wagner Pharmacy Practice Antibiotic Resistance, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Outcomes Research, Epidenmiology of Infectious Diseases
Dr. Larry A. Walker NCNPR Renal Pharmacology, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Natural Products
Dr. Amira Wanas NCNPR Cannabis and Cannabinoids chemistry, production, isolation and analysis. Natural products chemistry and drug discovery.
Dr. Yan-Hong Wang NCNPR Isolation, Characterization, & Analysis of Natural Products, Synthesis of Biologically Active Compounds
Dr. Noel E. Wilkin Pharmacy Administration Practical Reasoning, Decision Making, Drug Therapy, Pharmacy Entrepreneurship, Pharmacy Management, Professional Education Issues
Dr. Kristine L. Willett BioMolecular Sciences Environmental Toxicology, Public Health, Aquatic Animal Models of Human Diseases, Developmental Basis of Health and Disease, Marine Biology, Zebrafish, Anticancer Research, Neuroscience, Environmental Chemistry
Dr. Yi Yang Pharmacy Administration Outcomes Research, Health Economics, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacoepidemiology, Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), Epidemiology and Safety of Opioid Use, Medication Use & Outcomes in Older Adults
Dr. Ryan Yates NCNPR Pre-clinical and Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Botanicals
Dr. Jin Zhang NCNPR Natural Products, Isolation & Structure Elucidation, Anticancer, Cell Signaling, High Throughput Screening
Dr. Jianping Zhao NCNPR Natural Products Chemistry, NMR-based Metabolomics, Chromatographic Techniques in Pharmacognosy, Quality Assessment of Herbal Medicines & Dietary Supplements