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

    Faculty Feature: Suresh Bandari

    Suresh BandariMay 10, 2022

    Suresh Bandari is an accomplished pharmaceutical sciences researcher from Warangal, Telangana, India. Bandari originally joined the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery in 2017, where he has worked as postdoctoral research associate and research scientist.

    This year, Bandari joined the faculty as research assistant professor and hopes to pass on his extensive knowledge and experience to students.

    Get to know Bandari in this Q&A.

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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”


    Pharmacy Graduate Students Win AAPS Student Chapter Award

    Group of graduate students in masks holding a signAugust 31, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 Student Chapter Award by the national organization.

    The award is given to chapters that demonstrate exceptional commitment to service and outreach. Up to three chapters nationwide are selected for the award each year.

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    Graduate Student Council Research Grants Further Range of Research

    Samir SenapatiJuly 2, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – With projects ranging from service robots in the hospitality and tourism industries to a novel treatment of dry eye disease to relationship ghosting, 20 University of Mississippi graduate students are exploring a range of research and creative scholarship as recent recipients of Graduate Student Council Research Grants.

    The $1,000 grants, funded by the university’s Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, or ORSP, will support projects that contribute to the university’s research mission while also helping the students develop their research and grant-writing skills.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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