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Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty and Staff

Dr. Karen Briski Karen P. Briski, Director and Professor of Pharmacology

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1981
Postdoctoral, Michigan State University

Research:  Neuroanatomical and neurochemical substrates for central glucoprivic regulation of reproductive neuroendocrine function and food intake, with emphasis on caudal brain stem catecholaminergic, glutaminergic, and nitregic signaling.

Website: ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/briski
Dr. Nektarios Barabutis  Nektarios Barabutis, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Ph.D., University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 2009

Research:  Molecular cascades involved in the pathophysiology of human disease; Growth hormone releasing hormone and human pathophysiology; P53 and inflammation; and Regulation of vascular barrier function.

Website:  ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/barabutis

Dr. Jean Christopher Chamcheu Jean Christopher Chamcheu, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 2010

Research: Genetic and molecular basis of human skin diseases and cancers, isolation, characterization and development of novel bioactive plant-derived natural and synthetic scaffold entities and their analogs for the management of skin diseases, skin tissue engineering, drug formulation and development

Website:  ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/chamcheu

Dr. ElSayed Khalid A. El Sayed, Professor of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry

Ph. D., Mansoura University (Egypt)
Postdoctoral, University of Mississippi

Research:  Isolation and characterization of bioactive plant and marine-derived natural products.  Use of microbial and chemical transformations as tools to broaden the bioactivity and chemistry scopes of these natural products.

Website:  ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/elsayed
Dr. Ronald Hill Ronald A. Hill, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Ph. D., Ohio State University, 1991

Research:  Chiral amino acid synthesis and analysis, heterocyclic chemistry, synthesis of excitatory amino acid antagonists, CNS riboflavin metabolism, CNS potassium channel modulators.

Website:  ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/hill
Dr. Jackson Keith Jackson, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Ph.D., University of North Texas HSC at Fort Worth, 2001
Postdoctoral, University of North Texas, Tulane University HSC

Research: Cardiovascular function, renal hemodynamics and clearance, mechanisms of hypertension, and biological roles for porphyrin and gaseous messengers.

Website: ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/jackson
Dr. Jois Seetharama Jois, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 1994

Research:  Design and structural studies of peptides for cell-adhesion inhibition.  Design of small molecular inhibitors targeted towards HER-2 as therapeutic agents for breast and lung cancer.

Website:  ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/jois
Dr. Liu Yong-Yu Liu, Professor of Pharmacology

M.D., Soochow University School of Medicine, 1984
Ph.D., Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1989
Postdoctoral, University of Rome-Tor Vergata, University of Manitoba, John Wayne Cancer Institute

Research:  Tumor cell response to chemotherapy, sphingolipid glycosylation and gene regulation.

Website: ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/liu
Dr. Georgios Matthaiolampakis  Georgios Matthaiolampakis, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2005
Ph.D., University of Patras, Greece, 2009
Postdoctoral, Stony Brook University, 2010-2014, Northeastern University, 2014-2016

Research:  Using polymer-based nanomedicine to promote scientific knowledge in cancer treatment

Website:  ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/matthaiolampakis

Dr. Girish Shah Girish Shah, Mary E. and Darrell L. Calhoun Endowed Chair and Professor of Pharmacology

Ph.D., University of Bombay, 1979
Postdoctoral Karolinska Institute, Max Planck Clinical Research Unit for Reproductive Medicine, and Department of Biochemistry, McMaster University

Research:  The role of calcitonin in the progression of prostate carcinoma with the aim of development of new therapeutic approaches.  Studies directed toward understanding the role of pituitary calcitonin in the development of the pituitary gland as well as in the process of overall growth and development.

Website:  ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/shah
Dr. Paul Sylvester Paul W. Sylvester, B. J. Robison/Pfizer Endowed Professor of Pharmacology

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1982
Postdoctoral, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Research:  Neuroendocrinology and endocrine-dependent cancers, particularly breast cancer prevention and etiology.  Intracellular signaling mechanisms mediating normal and neoplastic mammary epithelial cell proliferation and apoptosis.

Website:  ulm.edu/pharmacy/bps/sylvester 
Ruthie Sampson Ruthie Sampson, Administrative Assistant