Division Head

Williams III, Robert O. (Bill), Ph.D.
Division Head of Pharmaceutics
Johnson & Johnson
Centennial Chair in Pharmacy
Editor-in-chief, Drug Development &
Industrial Pharmacy
PHR 4.214B

Williams' research has focused on the formulation development, optimization, and delivery of small organic compounds, peptides, and proteins by a variety of technologies, including depot drug delivery, oral drug delivery and pulmonary/nasal drug delivery.

Croyle, Maria A., Ph.D.
Glaxo Wellcome Professor
Professor of Pharmaceutics
PHR 4.214D

Work in Dr. Croyle's lab focuses on the development of novel methods for rapid immunization against dangerous pathogens like Ebola. Additional projects focus on the long-term physiological effects of virus infection with respect to the immune response and drug metabolism. As these progress toward clinical application, our work also addresses the need for novel formulations to enhance both the physical stability and potency of virus-based preparations as well as methods by which to deliver them through the mucosal route.

Cui, Zhengrong, Ph.D.
Mannino Fellow
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics
DPRI 3.804

Zhengrong Cui's research focuses on rational drug and vaccine delivery including nanoparticles for vaccine and anti-cancer drug delivery, non-invasive immunization onto the skin, and cancer chemo-immunotherapy.

Doluisio, James T., Ph.D.
Hoechst-Roussel Centennial Professor
of Pharmaceutics Emeritus
and Dean Emeritus

Doluisio is the Hoechst-Roussel Centennial Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy . He has written more than 90 papers on bioequivalency and drug absorption, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, physical pharmacy, pharmacy education and various pharmacy issues for national and international journals, textbooks and conferences.

Ghosh, Debadyuti (Rana), Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics
PHR 5.218B

Work in Dr. Ghosh's lab focuses on biologically-inspired, rational design of biomolecules (i.e. antibodies and peptides) and nanoscale materials for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. One area of emphasis is the development of novel fluorescence nanoparticles to improve early detection, guided surgical interventions, and monitoring of therapy regimens. Another long-term goal of the lab is to engineer particle systems able to overcome the complex transport barriers presented by solid tumors for improved delivery and uptake of imaging agents and therapeutics.

McGinity, James W., Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Johnson & Johnson
Centennial Chair Emeritus in Pharmacy
PHR 3.206D

Our current research is focused on thermal processing technologies, including hot-melt extrusion and KinetiSol® processing, to increase the dissolution rate and bioavailability of poorly water soluble drugs. 

Peppas, Nicholas A., Sc.D.
Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering
Cockrell Family Chair for
Departmental Leadership #1
Professor of Pharmaceutics/Joint
BME 3.110 and CPE 3.466

Work in Dr Peppas' laboratory focuses on the use of intelligent biopolymers for drug and protein delivery under conditions of external physiological triggering mechanisms. In addition, his group is developing novel transmucosal and oral delivery systems for insulin, interferon-beta and calcitonin and is studying the potential of developing novel transmucosal systems for siRNA delivery.

Peters, Jay, MD, FCCP
Adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutics
Chief of Pulmonary Diseases and
Critical Care Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
PHR 4.214

We are involved in basic and clinical research in the evaluation of pulmonary infection, chronic obstructive lung disease, asthma, lung transplantation and pulmonary fibrosis.

Smyth, Hugh D., Ph.D.
Fellow to the Delgado Endowed Professorship
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics
PHR 4.214 E

Work in Dr. Smyth's lab focuses on the development of novel methods for drug delivery to the airways in health and disease. For example, his group investigates unique microparticle aerosols for controlled release, transformative inhaler and device designs, nanoparticle enhancers for drug transport, inhaled vaccines, and other areas of respiratory drug delivery. Translation of these technologies to the clinic is the long-term goal of the lab and is supported by developing a mechanistic understanding of the complex physical and biological systems.

Stavchansky, Salomon A., Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Alcon Centennial Professor
PHR 4.214C

The primary mission of Stavchansky's laboratories is to apply the principles of biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and drug metabolism to evaluate and design drug delivery systems to ensure the safety and efficacy of drug products.

Walkow, Janet C., Ph.D.
Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer,
Drug Dynamics Institute
Clinical Professor of Pharmaceutics
PHR 3.206C

The Drug Dynamics Institute is a multi-disciplinary research center where scientists, educators, businesses and regulatory agencies collaborate in finding solutions to a wide range of biomedical, pharmaceutical and public health issues.

Watts, Alan B., Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Drug Dynamics Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor
PHR 5.218E

Watts works with development-focused pharmaceutical researchers in academia and industry in advancing drug products through the preclinical stage.

Zhang, Feng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics
PHR 4.214E

Our lab focuses on designing novel manufacturing processes and formulation compositions to prepare amorphous dispersions of BCS classes II and IV compounds in order to improve these compounds' pharmacokinetic performance. Our lab is developing analytical methodologies to study short and medium range order of amorphous solid dispersions. Our lab is also evaluating twin screw extrusion in a wide range of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Other research interests include abuse deterrence and taste masking technologies.
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