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Dr. Mike Crider is chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, professor and associate dean of research. He earned the B.S. degree in chemistry from Murray State University and the Ph.D. degree in medicinal chemistry from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Crider did postdoctoral work in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Purdue University, followed by faculty appointments at the University of Toledo and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Crider’s research is focused on the discovery of compounds that affect the central nervous system.n the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Purdue University, followed by a faculty appointment at the University of Toledo. Dr. Crider’s research is focused on the development of peptidomimetics and agents acting on the central nervous system.
Gireesh Gupchup Dr. Gireesh Gupchup, dean and professor, joined SIUE from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC). There he was chair of the PharmacoEconomics, Pharmaceutical Policy and Outcomes Research (PEPPOR) Graduate Program and Director of the New Mexico Medicaid Retrospective Drug Utilization Review Program. He was also the first vice president of the New Mexico Pharmaceutical Association. Dr. Gupchup graduated with the Ph.D. in pharmacy practice in 1996 from Purdue University. He holds two master’s degrees — one in Administrative Pharmacy and one in Industrial Pharmacy — from the University of Toledo, and a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Bombay.
Dr. Radhika Devraj, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received her Ph.D. with an emphasis in Pharmacy Administration from Purdue University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Toledo, and a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Bombay. Her research interests are in the broad area of patient-reported outcomes, and health literacy.
Dr. Bill Kolling is an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences (pharmaceutics). He received a B.S. in pharmacy and an M.S. in pharmaceutics from the University of Illinois. He was a pediatric clinical pharmacist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago before obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was on the faculty at the University of Mississippi and the University of Louisiana at Monroe before joining SIUE. His research interests include the use of microemulsions for nanoparticle synthesis, and water vapor sorption by drugs and excipients.
Dr. Maria Kontoyianni holds a Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she worked under the supervision of Professor Phil Bowen. After a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Terry Lybrand at the University of Washington, she joined ZymoGenetics, where she used computational methods in support of osteoporosis. She then moved to Research & Development of Fortune 500 companies, such as Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble, applying structure-based design to various therapeutic targets ranging from hit to lead optimization. In her most recent post, she was the Head of Drug Discovery at Crystax, a fragment-based biotechnology firm in Barcelona. She sits on the editorial board of several journals, holds seven patents, is a clinical consultant and panelist for the European Union large scale grant application proposals and NIH.
Dr. Guim Kwon is an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. She received her B.S. in cellular molecular biology in 1986 and her Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Michigan. Dr. Kwon had her postdoctoral training in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine. She has joined the School of Pharmacy in 2005. Her research areas include understanding the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes, designing and validating an implantation model for -cell replacement therapy, and developing control algorithms for a closed-loop artificial pancreas.
Dr. Tim McPherson, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received a B.S. in pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and a PhD in pharmaceutics from Purdue University. Following a postdoctoral appointment in the Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center at Purdue, Dr. McPherson joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy as assistant professor of pharmaceutics, rising to the rank of associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. His research interests include drug product formulation and stability and pharmacy compounding.
Dr. William L. Neumann received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1983 and a PhD in 1987 from UM-St. Louis. Before joining the SIUE School of Pharmacy, he spent the majority of his career as a group leader in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry at Monsanto Corporate Research, Pharmacia, Pfizer and Mallinckrodt. Dr. Neumann’s research interests include structure-based drug discovery, the development of new synthetic methods for applications to parallel medicinal chemistry, the development of protein nitration inhibitors and the design, synthesis and photophysical optimization of fluorescent probes for optical imaging.
Dr. Marcelo Nieto, associate professor, joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy on October 1, 2006. He received his B.S. in chemistry (organic chemistry) from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina). In 1999, he completed his Ph.D. working in design, synthesis and physicochemical studies of fluoroquinolone antimicrobials. After graduating, he moved to the U.S. to work as a postdoctoral researcher in synthesis of antiviral agents based on a natural product at the University of Mississippi, and then he moved up to a research scientist position at the same university. During the last three years at OleMiss, his research was focused on the investigation of the interaction of the non-nitrogenous kappa opioid receptor agents (salvinorin A and analogs) with opioid receptors. He also collaborated in other projects in Dr. Chris McCurdy's research group — such as the design and synthesis of nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) non-peptide ligands based on receptor modeling studies. Dr. Nieto’s research interests are the design and synthesis of new chemotherapeutic drugs as well as the search for new bioactive natural products.
Karin_Sandoval Dr. Karin Sandoval is an assistant research professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in cell biology and industrial chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Dr. Sandoval’s research is focused on drug discovery for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, and the role of diet, disease, and medication on the microvasculature. Dr. Sandoval has additional research interests in biostatistical model building for clinical and basic sciences, with emphasis on pharmacoepidemiological evaluations in the elderly.
Dr. Cathy Santanello Dr. Cathy Santanello, is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and has been at SIUE since 1993. Before joining the School of Pharmacy, she served as Program Director of the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Initiative and instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at SIUE, and as a microbiologist and histologist in industry prior to that. She received her B.S. degree in zoology from Eastern Illinois University in 1979, her M.S. in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1983, and a Ph.D. in biology in 1989 from St. Louis University. Cathy’s research interests are in medical entomology (tick and flea-borne diseases) as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Dr. Joe Schober is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. After receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield, he was a practicing Clinical Laboratory Scientist from 1994 to 1996. In 2003, he received a Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His research at UIC focused on the interaction of monocyte integrin receptors with novel extracellular matrix proteins expressed in atherosclerotic lesions. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Schober was a Drug Discovery Scholar and American Heart Association postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, where his research focused on investigation of cytoskeleton dynamics and cell motility. His current research at SIUE focuses on cancer cell biology and biomedical engineering approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Walter Siganga, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is a faculty member in Pharmacy Administration. He is a graduate of Howard University, where he received his B.S. Pharmacy degree. He completed a master’s degree in pharmaceutical administration at the Ohio State University and obtained a Ph.D. in pharmacy administration from the University of Maryland Baltimore. He is a registered pharmacist with working experience in institutional and community pharmacy. His research interests include health policy, health outcomes, community pharmacy practice, health care reimbursement and access to health care.
Dr. Ken Witt, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received a B.S. in chemistry from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine.
Ron Worthington Dr. Ron Worthington, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received the A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University. After postdoctoral appointments at Washington University, G.D. Searle, and Texas Tech University, he assumed a faculty position in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, followed by a position at G.D. Searle as a senior research scientist. In March 2005, Dr. Worthington joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy from Divergence, Inc. in St. Louis, where he was employed as a senior research scientist in bioinformatics. Dr. Worthington teaches pharmacogenomics, molecular biology, pharmaceutical biotechnology and was recognized by the Office of the Provost as an SIUE Teacher-Scholar.

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