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

    Pharmaceutics Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship

    Picture of male student in suit and tie standing outside.August 26, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. — University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate student Akash Patil was awarded one of the University of Mississippi chapter of Phi Kappa Phi scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. The nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society initiates more than 30,000 members a year on 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

    Congrats, Akash!


    Graduate Student Garners AAPS Best Abstract Award

    Rishi ThakkarJuly 22, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. — University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate student Rishi Thakkar was recognized with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Best Abstract Award.

    AAPS will recognize Thakkar at its annual meeting AAPS PharmSci 360, held November 3-6 in San Antonio, Texas.

    Read more: Graduate Student Garners AAPS Best Abstract Award


    Pharmaceutics Grad Student, Professor Receive Article Recognition

    Exterior of Thad Cochran Research CenterJune 6, 2019

    Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Akash Patil and Soumyajit Majumdar, associate dean for research and graduate programs and professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, for having their article judged as one of the top 20 most impactful and downloaded articles by Wiley Publishing House for two consecutive years.

    The article is published by Royal Pharmaceutical Society (UK) in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. The article deals with the various facets of echinocandin antifungal drugs and their locus in the current pharmacotherapy.

    Read the article here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jphp.12780


    Pharmacy Professor Lectures at National Organization

    S. Narasimha MurthyJune 3, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – S. Narasimha Murthy, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, delivered a lecture at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 20.

    His talk was titled “Topical Products for Dermal and Transdermal Delivery of Pain Medications” and focused on challenges in formulating topical pain creams. NASEM invited Murthy and other stakeholders to provide expert opinions on topical pain creams as part of its study on the safety and effectiveness of ingredients used in compounded topical pain creams.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Lectures at National Organization”


    Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts

    Kai-Wei Wu at poster sessionMay 17, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Twenty-one University of Mississippi graduate students, including six from the School of Pharmacy, have been awarded Graduate Student Council Research Fund grants to support their research, study and creative scholarship.

    The $1,000 competitive research grants, funded by the UM Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, are for projects conducted through April 2020.

    Read more: “Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts”


    Pharmaceutics Chair Named UM Distinguished Professor

    Repka UM Distinguished Professor with Noel WilkinMay 10, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Three University of Mississippi professors – with a combined more than eight decades of service to UM – were appointed Distinguished Professors during the end-of-the-semester faculty meeting Friday (May 10) in Fulton Chapel.

    The professors are Charles Hussey, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Karen Raber, professor of English and executive director of the Shakespeare Association of America; and Michael Repka, chair and professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery and director of the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology.

    Read more: “Pharmaceutics Chair Named UM Distinguished Professor”


    Stellar Student: Purnendu Sharma

    Purnendu Sharma in the lab.May 9, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Purnendu Sharma’s educational career may be coming to a close as he receives his Ph.D., but the great work he will do in the pharmaceutical industry is just getting started.

    Sharma received an Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Scholarship for his research on the natural product, Resiniferatoxin, or RTX, while he was a doctoral student in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery.

    Read more: “Stellar Student: Purnendu Sharma”


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