Teaching

“Drugs are designed for the disease, delivery systems are designed for the patient”
– Sudip and Nandita Das

  • Graduate didactic courses, every alternate year
    • RX780 – Current Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1 credit
      • Discussion of current research topics in pharmaceutical sciences; 2005-2007, 2019 – present
    • RX781 – Seminars in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1 credit
      • Presentation of research topics in pharmaceutical sciences by graduate students, faculty, and guest speakers; 2005-07, 2019 – present
    • RX 782 – Ethics in Research, 1 credit
      • Discussion and case-based approaches in the ethics of research, publication, and reviewing of manuscripts and grants. Included are core instructional areas recommended by the NIH Office of Research Integrity; 2005 – present
    • RX783 – Introduction to Pharmaceutical Research, 1 credit
      • An introduction to basic principles of pharmaceutical research including formation of hypothesis, literature search, scientific writing, and regulatory affairs; 2005 – present
    • RX785 – Biopharmaceutical Analysis, 3 credits
      • Theory and practice of bioanalytical techniques in chemical and molecular biology-based analyses. Prerequisite: BS level background in Analytical Chemistry; 2005 – present
    • RX786 – Advanced Drug Delivery, 3 credits
      • Critical assessment of drug carrier systems, including transport of drug molecules across membranes.  Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission; 2005 – present
    • RX787 – Industrial Pharmacy: Preformulation and Product Development, 3 credits
      • Study of physicochemical principles of drugs and excipients for optimization of bioavailability. Case studies in formulation, production, and evaluation of pharmaceutical products. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission; 2005 – present
  • PharmD REQUIRED didactic courses; every year, enrollment ~ 110
    • RX351 – Basic Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Calculations, Spring, 2 credits lecture, 1 credit continuance
      • Knowledge and skill development focused on the pharmacist’s role in receiving, interpreting, preparing, compounding, and dispensing prescriptions for patients. Skills in pharmaceutical calculations are also developed; 2005 – present
    • RX421 – Introduction to Dosage Forms, Fall, 3 credits lecture
      • This lecture and laboratory course correlates physical properties of drugs and additives to the design of solid, liquid, and semi-solid dosage forms; 2008 – present
    • RX422 – Advanced Dosage Forms, Spring 3 credits lectures
      • This course develops concepts and skills in designing and preparing rate-controlled drug delivery systems including sterile, parenteral dosage forms and enteral nutrition formulations.; 2008 – present
  • PharmD ELECTIVE didactic courses
    • RX 610 (special topics) Drug delivery in the 21st Century, started in 2007 – when required, 2 credits lecture
      • This course provides state-of-the-art information on the science and technology of novel drug delivery systems. Emphasis is given on development of controlled release formulations, targeted delivery systems and pharmaceutical proteins, vaccines and nucleic acid drugs based on physicochemical properties of the therapeutic agent, polymer and biomaterials and the kinetic relationships of drug disposition. The delivery systems suitable for specific disease status and patient population will also be discussed. The course consists of lectures and discussions devoted to topics representing the areas of active research.
    • RX 610 (special topics) Translational Nanomedicine, started in 2018 – when required, 2 credits lecture
      • This course will cover applications of nanotechnology in diagnostics, imaging, and targeted drug delivery. Basic principles underlying nanomedicine and how the use of nanomaterials is redefining clinical research in areas such as diagnostic imaging and drug delivery will be discussed. Specific attention will be directed to disease processes including cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Overall, students will be expected to gain a broad understanding of concepts and applications of nanomedicine.