Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
The University of Mississippi
  • PDD Faculty
    PDD Picture
  • 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

    Starting a New Tradition

    Rasha Elkanayati holds up her dry mouth strip product with lab equipment in background.May 1, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Commencement is far from a new tradition, but becoming the first graduate of a new program is a tradition Rasha Elkanayati is excited to make.

    Elkanayati is a member of the inaugural graduating class for the master’s program in industrial pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. Created in 2018, the two-year program in the School of Pharmacy focuses on the applied knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce, while equipping students to specialize in quality assurance, regulatory affairs, formulation development or manufacturing.

    Read More: “Starting a New Tradition”

    Pharmacy School Honors Faculty with Teaching, Research Awards

    Michael Repka, chair of the department of pharmaceutics and drug delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharamcy

    June 25, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recognized four of its faculty members for their excellence in and commitment to teaching, service and research during its virtual Faculty and Research Scientist Advancement.

    “We are fortunate to have a team of faculty and research scientists that goes above and beyond,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “It’s always a privilege for me to celebrate the work they do for our students, school and the profession with these awards.”

    Read More: “Pharmacy School Honors Faculty with Teaching, Research Awards”

    Graduate Students Awarded Grants to Fund Further Research

    Praveen Kolimi with beach as his backgroundJune 23, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – Sixteen University of Mississippi graduate students are continuing their exploration into research and creative scholarship pursuits such as Alzheimer’s disease, skin cancer and young adult literature in Mississippi classrooms as recent recipients of Graduate Student Council Research Grants.

    The students each received one of the $1,000 competitive research grants funded by the university’s Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The funds will be used for projects conducted over the next year or two.

    Read More: “Graduate Students Awarded Grants to Fund Further Research”

    Repka Presented University’s Top Research Award

    Repka UM Distinguished Professor with Noel WilkinMay 8, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – Growing up in a small Texas town south of San Antonio, Michael A. Repka worked in his father’s pharmacy.

    Frank Repka opened Center Pharmacy in Pleasanton in 1961, and Michael started working there when he was 11 – dusting bottles and shelves, restocking those dust-free shelves and performing various tasks for his father.

    Graduate Student Receives GSC Research Grant

    Gauri ShadambikarGauri Shadambikar, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, was awarded a Graduate Student Council Research Grant for her project “Development of Inhalable Nano-lipid Carriers for the Treatment of Pulmonary Aspergillosis using Hot Melt Extrusion Technology.”

    The GSC Research Fund was established to assist ongoing and future graduate student research at the University of Mississippi.

    Congrats, Gauri!

    UM Pharmaceutics Alumni Find Success at FDA

    Two men standing, holding a plaque between them.March 5, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has successfully prepared numerous alumni for high-level careers with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The department’s stimulating learning environment and emphasis on real-world experiences have allowed graduates to take advantage of opportunities with the FDA. The relationship with the national agency has strengthened the program by way of research sponsorships for the school’s labs and attendance at the school’s Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology.

    Read More: “UM Pharmaceutics Alumni Find Success at FDA”

    Doctoral Student Receives UM Graduate School’s 3MT Grand Prize

    Minjia Wang in labNovember 11, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. — University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy doctoral student Minjia Wang was named the grand prize winner of the Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis competition.

    Wang presented on “Carbon Monoxide, a Drug?” and will represent UM at the Council of Southern Graduate Schools in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Congrats to Minjia Wang!

    More News