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Dr. Qalaji

Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, B.Pharm., Ph.D.

The debate over the expense associated with the EpiPen® may be coming to a halt, thanks to pharmaceutical researcher and Associate Professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, B.Pharm. (Hon.), Ph.D.
Popular Science featured Rawas-Qalaji’s new oral method for patients to receive epinephrine. Generally, the benefits of the drug aren’t seen when ingested, which is why most patients carry around the pen; however, Rawas-Qalaji developed a tablet that will allow the drug to work quickly and effectively. The sublingual epinephrine tablet represents potentially game-changing technology and the next steps were recently outlined on CNBC’s website. More>>>


Dr. Deth

Richard Deth, Ph.D.

A new study published in the online journal, Public Library of Science One (PLOS One) found that Vitamin B12 levels in the brain are significantly decreased in the elderly and are much lower in individuals with autism or schizophrenia, as compared to their peers at similar ages. For example, children with autism under the age of 10 were found to have three times lower brain B12 levels, which is similar to levels for generally healthy adults in their 50s, indicating a premature decrease. More>>>


Dr. Trivedi

Malav Trivedi, Ph.D.

Malav Trivedi, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently published several research articles. Trivedi’s research depicts the role of major antioxidant metabolite glutathione in regulation of gene expression via the marks on DNA known as epigenetic status. He investigated the influence of nutrition and dietary peptides on mediating these epigenetic changes. More>>>


Dr. Latimer

Jean Latimer, Ph.D.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) researchers recently discovered that, contrary to prior belief, tissues of different mammalian organs have very different abilities to repair damage to their DNA. These new findings indicate that the heart has the greatest capacity to repair its DNA, followed by the intestines, kidneys, spleen, testes, and lungs. The brain, however, exhibited no ability to repair damage to its DNA. More>>>


Dr. Castejon

Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D.

NSU and the dietary supplement company Immunotec are conducting a research study to determine the effects of a supplement to improve behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. The study will investigate the effects of a cysteine-rich whey protein isolate in children diagnosed with autism. The primary function of this research is to establish whether taking a 90-day diet of cysteine-rich whey proteins (which comes in a powder form), will have a positive effect on autistic behaviors. Improvements in affected behaviors may result in an enhanced quality of life for both children and their families. More>>>


Dr. Omidian

Hossein Omidian, Ph.D.

Hossein Omidian, Ph.D., is a professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He and his research team are developing technologies (patent-pending) to formulate opioid dosage forms with abuse-deterrent features. These technologies will help prevent drug tampering and abuse, which can increase the speed of drug absorption via smoking, inhaling through the nasal passage, and injection, all of which can cause serious illness or death. More>>>


Dr.Lymperoppoulos

Anastasios Lymperopoulos, B.Pharm., M.Sc., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., F.E.S.C.,

Lymperopoulos, B.Pharm., M.Sc., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., F.E.S.C., associate professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, NSU’s College of Pharmacy, was elected in December 2015 as a Fellow of the prestigious European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

He will be officially bestowed with this recognition during the Annual European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, which takes place later this year in Rome, Italy. Lymperopoulos received this recognition for his research work and contributions to the field of heart failure and of cardiovascular disease, in general.  More>>>


Dr. Sherman

Elizabeth Sherman, Pharm.D., AAHIVP

Elizabeth Sherman, PharmD, AAHIVP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the NSU College of Pharmacy, served as one of four pharmacists in the nation selected to author the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Guidelines on Pharmacist Involvement in HIV Care. The ASHP clinical practice guidelines provide guidance for pharmacists and health care professionals involved in the care of patients with HIV infection. Pharmacists have long been recognized as essential members of the HIV patient care team and their involvement in managing HIV infection is linked to improved patient outcomes. The guidelines, which emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary teams and collaboration between health care professionals in optimizing patient care, were jointly endorsed by both ASHP and the American Academy of HIV Medicine.


Faculty Research Interests

Research Area FACULTY
PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES
Autism Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D.
Breast Cancer Research Jean Latimer, Ph.D.
Cancer Research Appu Rathinavelu, Ph.D.
Cardiovascular Research Rais A. Ansari, Ph.D.
Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D.
Luigi X. Cubeddu, Ph.D.
Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos, Ph.D.
Robert Speth, Ph.D.
Central Regulation of Blood Pressure Michelle Clark, Ph.D.
Advanced Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms David Mastropietro, Ph.D., RPh
Enrique Nieves, Ph.D.
Hamid Omidian, Ph.D.
Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, Ph.D.
Molecular Toxicology Rais A. Ansari, Ph.D.
PHARMACY PRACTICE
Ambulatory Care Kalumi Ayala, Pharm.D.
Frances Colon, Pharm.D.
Devada Singh-Franco, Pharm.D.
Anticoagulation Jennifer Steinberg, Pharm.D.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Blanca Ortiz, Pharm.D.
Consumer Health Informatics Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Sarah Alameddine, Pharm.D.
Clinical and Operational Pharmacy Informatics Sarah Alameddine, Pharm.D.
Critical Care Jennifer Steinberg, Pharm.D.
HIV/AIDS Elizabeth Sherman, Pharm.D., AAHIVE
Healthcare Policy, FDA Regulation Matthew Seamon, Pharm.D., Esq.
Internal Medicine Jennifer Steinberg, Pharm.D.
Neurology Jose Valdes, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Educational Research Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Robert McGory, M.S., Pharm.D.
Elizabeth Shepherd, B.S., Pharm.D.
Pharmacokinetics William Wolowich, Pharm.D.
Pharmacometrics William Wolowich, Pharm.D.
Pharmacotherapy Jaime Riskin, Pharm.D., BCPS
Self Care and Women Health Lillian Arce, Pharm.D.
Psychopharmacology Jose Rey, Pharm.D.
SOCIOBEHAVIORAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACY
Branding, and Services Nile Khanfar, MBA, Ph.D.
Clinical Outcomes Research Alexandra Perez, Pharm.D., M.S.
Community Based Health Promotion Jesus Sanchez, Ph.D.
Curriculum Mapping Graciela Armayor, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS
Drug Interaction Leanne Lai, Ph.D.
Economic Issues Related to Drug Abuse Ioana Popovici, Ph.D.
HIV/AIDS Research Silvia Rabionet, M.Ed., Ed.D.
Jesus Sanchez, Ph.D.
Labor Outcomes Graciela Armayor, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS
Manuel Carvajal, Ph.D.
Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Marketing/ Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Nile Khanfar, MBA, Ph.D.
Mentoring and Competency Development Silvia Rabionet, M.Ed., Ed.D.
Outcomes Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D.
Pharmacoeconomics Leanne Lai, Ph.D.
Alexandra Perez, Pharm.D., M.S.
Pharmacoepidemiology Leanne Lai, Ph.D.
Pharmacovigilance Leanne Lai, Ph.D.
Prescribing Patterns Leanne Lai, Ph.D.
Substance Abuse Jesus Sanchez, Ph.D.

Research Groups

Dr. Omidian

Abuse-Resistant Medications, Reducing alcohol absorption into systemic circulation, Gastric retention oral drug delivery.
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Dr. Rathinavelu

Cancer research conducted by Dr. Appu Rathinavelu at the college of Pharmacy Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is focused on developing new therapeutic methods for early detection of cancer and discovering new drugs that are useful for less toxic treatment of cancers. More ...

Dr. Latimer

DNA repair, stem cells, breast tissue engineering, breast cancer etiology, leukemia recurrence, genomic instability, mutation, precocial breast development, environmental causes of cancer, chemotherapy drugs that impact Nucleotide Excision Repair, somatic mutation in autism. More ...

Tassos Research Group
Molecular pharmacology, physiology and biology of G protein-coupled (heptahelical or seven transmembrane-spanning) receptors; Heart Failure; Cardiovascular Disease; Neurohormonal control of the Circulation; Adrenal Physiology and Pharmacology; Receptors for Adrenaline and Noradrenaline; Catecholamines; Receptors for Angiotensin II; Signal Transduction; Gene Therapy; Transgenic mice and rats; Aldosterone production regulation; Regulation of Adrenergic and Angiotensin Receptors; G protein-coupled receptor Kinases; Beta-Arrestins; Novel "Biased" G protein-coupled Receptor Ligands. More ...
Dr. Speth

Brain angiotensin system and its physiological actions, brain angiotensin receptors and binding sites, angiotensin metabolizing enzymes, radioligand binding assays, receptor autoradiography, radioiodination of ligands for receptor and enzyme characterization. More ...

Dr. Qalaji

Nanoparticles, Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODT), Drug Release, Dissolution, Absorption, Bioavailability, Non-invasive and patient-friendly drug delivery approach. More ...

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