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.


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    Recent News

    UM Pharmacy Researchers Secure STTR Grant 
    October 31, 2023

    OXFORD, Miss. – As part of a Small Business Technology Transfer grant, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy distinguished professor Michael Repka has received funding to study steroid-eluting dissolvable threads for treatment of rhinitis.

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    Pharmaceutics Professor Wins Prestigious International Award 
    October 24, 2023

    OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi pharmacy professor Michael Repka has been announced as recipient of the prestigious 2023 Ralph Shangraw Memorial Award.

    This recognition by the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council of the Americas Foundation is an acknowledgement of Repka’s efforts in the field of pharmaceutical excipients, or inactive medicinal ingredients.

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    Pharmaceutics Students Excel in Receiving Internships

    Praveen Kolimi, Zhiqing Hu, Tabish Metraj, Abhishek Shettar and Sagar NaralaMarch 23, 2022

    Five students from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery have received internships from leading industry companies and government agencies.

    Michael Repka, chair and distinguished professor of the department and director of the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology, praised the students for their efforts in attaining internships and noted this represents a significant increase for the department.

    I have been our department chair for almost 17 years and this last year has shown a four-fold increase in our students receiving internships,” Repka said. “This fact definitely demonstrates the strength of the department and the high quality of our students.”

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    Faculty Feature: Eman Ashour

    Eman AshourMarch 21, 2022

    OXFORD, Miss. – Eman Ashour has a long history with the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She has worked at the school as an associate research & development chemist and received her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the university in 2015. Ashour returned in 2017 as a research assistant professor and has made Oxford home.

    In January, Ashour was promoted to the position of assistant professor for the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, where she hopes to continue to help pharmacy and graduate students launch their careers.

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    Michael Repka, chair of the department of pharmaceutics and drug delivery at the University of Mississippi School of PharamcySeptember 3, 2021

    Michael Repka, chair of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, and pharmaceutics alumni Jiaxiang Zhang and Manjeet Pimparade were co-authors on an article that received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists PharmSciTech High Impact Article Award.

    Congratulations to these three stellar researchers!

    Read the article here: “3D-Printed Isoniazid Tablets for the Treatment and Prevention of Tuberculosis–Personalized Dosing and Drug Release”

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