The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is comprised of 14 full-time faculty representing the disciplines of medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, and social and administrative sciences. The Department is responsible for teaching the basic sciences component of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. Faculty in the Department teach introductory courses in principles of drug action, biopharmaceutics, biochemistry, health care and financial management, human resources management, and genomics and molecular genetics. Additionally, departmental faculty teach the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology segments of the four-semester integrated therapeutics sequence. Most faculty in the Department have prior academic experience or extensive postdoctoral training.
Although no graduate program presently exists, the Department has actively engaged professional Pharm.D students and undergraduates from other departments on campus in faculty-directed research. Medicinal chemistry faculty hold adjunct appointments in the Department of Chemistry and direct M.S. thesis research. The Department is housed in University Park 220, a 15,000 square foot building which is adjacent to a separate facility containing the School of Pharmacy administrative offices and classrooms.
The Department also occupies laboratory space in the biotechnology incubator laboratory which is located in University Park. The laboratories are fully equipped to perform molecular biology, biochemistry, drug delivery, and medicinal chemistry research. Recent additions to our research infrastructure include a Waters Alliance-SQ 3100 LCMS, a JEOL ECS 400 MHz NMR, and molecular modeling software and hardware. Grants from the National Science Foundation, The Institute for the Study of Aging, and the National Institutes of Health have been made to Departmental faculty over the course of the last four years. Departmental faculty are engaged in collaborative research with investigators at Washington University, St. Louis University, and other SIUE departments.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is dedicated to excellence in teaching in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, pursuing meaningful research and scholarship, and performing quality service to the University, School of Pharmacy, community, and professional organizations. We have an energetic and productive faculty, and we are fully confident that our Department will continue to grow and develop as the School of Pharmacy at SIUE matures.