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2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmaceutics – Master of Science – Thesis Option

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The graduate program in pharmaceutics is designed to provide a thorough background in the theoretical aspects of design and utilization of dosage forms (such as tablets, capsules, injectables) and a knowledge base for conventional as well as advanced delivery of drugs, with attention to their physical, chemical, and physiological properties. We supplement theory with application in areas ranging from development and manufacture of dosage forms to pharmaceutical research. Faculty research areas include peptide, protein, and gene delivery; biodegradable polymer implants; photodynamic tumor vascular targeting; polymer use in formulations and controlled release; macromolecular drug conjugates for tumor delivery; role of intrauterine environment in imprinting long-term changes in offspring; and genetic engineering of protein-based carriers for drug delivery.

This degree is awarded upon completion of at least 20 non-research credits in courses acceptable for the degree and at least 10 research credits. The courses are from the required and program courses listed below and from courses selected by the research advisor/research advisory committee. A minimum 6 credits at the 800-level, a maximum of 6 credits at the 300- or 400-level, and the remainder at the 700- or 800-level are required. Registration (for 1 or 0 credits) and participation in  PH 890 - Pharmaceutics Seminar is required each semester, but only one credit may be applied toward the 20 credit requirement.


Only 6 credits at the 300–400 level can be applied toward the degree. These credits are also listed to aid determination of equivalent prerequisite courses and to plan course loads. These courses are the same as for the MS non-thesis degree plus:

Program Courses

At least one course from the program courses listed above for the MS non-thesis degree.

Faculty – Pharmaceutics

Clyde M. Ofner III
BS, PhD (Temple)
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Director, Graduate Program in Pharmaceutics
Phone: 215.596.8881
Research: natural polymer conjugates of drugs for cellular and tumor delivery; controlled drug release from proteinaceous microspheres

Adeboye Adejare
BS, MS (Iowa); PhD (Ohio State)
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8944
Research: mechanisms of neurodegeneration; drug targeting; pharmaceutical profiling; chemistry of fluoroaromatic compounds

Bin Chen
BS, MS (Nanjing, China); PhD (Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium)
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director, Graduate Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology
Phone: 215.596.7481
Research: effects and mechanisms of photodynamic tumor vascular targeting; synthesis and evaluation of novel optical molecular probes for tumor imaging and targeting.

Russell J. DiGate
BA, MS, PhD (University of Rochester)
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8805
Research: role of DNA helicases and topoisomerases in DNA metabolism; design and synthesis of novel antibiotics that target DNA topoisomerases

Anil P. D’mello
BPharm (Bombay); PhD (Pittsburgh)
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director, BS Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8941
Research: role of the intrauterine environment in imprinting long-term changes in physiological systems; microencapsulation of enzymes for use in therapy

Pardeep K. Gupta
BPharm, MPharm (Panjab); MS (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science); PhD (Wisconsin)
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics
Phone: 215.895.1141
Research: peptide and protein delivery systems; interaction of peptides and proteins with biomembranes

S. (Kamal) Jonnalagadda
BPharm (Birla, India); PhD (Nebraska)
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics
Phone: 215.596.8942
Research: biomaterials; design of biodegradable delivery systems for macromolecules; physical characterization of biodegradable polymers

Zhiyu Li
BS (Nakai, China); MS (Science and Technology, China);PhD (Maryland) 
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8943
Research: design and engineering protein-based carriers for drug formulation, targeting, and delivery; protein and nucleic acid drug delivery

Jeffery C. Moore
BS (Drexel)
Instructor in Pharmaceutics
Manager, Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory
Phone: 215.596.8987

Steven H. Neau
BS, BA (Eastern Michigan University); MS, PhD (University of Michigan)
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director, Industrial Pharmacy 
Phone: 215.596.8825
Research: formulation development; polymer use in formulations; physical chemistry applications in pharmacy; use of enzymes in prodrug synthesis

Roger L. Schnaare
BS (St. Louis College of Pharmacy); MS, PhD (Purdue)
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy

Rodney J. Wigent
BS, MS, PhD (Michigan Tech)
Research Professor of Pharmaceutics
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Phone: 215.596.8974
Research: thermodynamic properties of water and aqueous solutions; physical chemical properties and characterization of drug excipients; effect of drug binding on DNA topology 

Adjunct Faculty

Arthur H. Goldberg
BS, MS (Columbia); PhD (Michigan)
Adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutics

Aniruddha Railkar
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics

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