Faculty Research Interests

LIU PHARMACY FACULTY RESEARCH INTERESTS


Trang Au
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Trang.Au@liu.edu
718-488-1270

Research Interests:
Oncology:  Clinical outcomes, patient-reported outcomes, supportive care, comparative-effectiveness research, preventive medicine, health care decision-making, personalized medicine and pharmacotherapy.


Associate Director and Associate Professor, Arthur G. Zupko's Systems Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics
Diren.Beyoglu@liu.edu
718-488-1229

Research Interests:
Metabolomics and lipidomics: The use of high-end mass spectrometry methodologies to interrogate the metabolome and lipidome to uncover novel mechanisms of drug and environmental chemical toxicity. Determination of metabolic biomarkers for liver disease progression, including fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Impact of HCV infection on the metabolome and lipidome, the role of AKR1B genes and their relationship to liver disease.


Kenza E. Benzeroual, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Kenza.Benzeroual@liu.edu
718-488-1258

Research Interests:
Neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and drug discovery: investigating naturally-based products for neuroprotective signaling mechanisms in Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, and anticancer effects in glioblastoma. Primary focus is identifying biomarkers for drug development and potential therapeutic applications.


Agnes Cha, Pharm.D., AAHIVP, BCACP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice

Agnes.Cha@liu.edu
718-488-1724

Research Interests:
HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C: Research centers on the management of patients with HIV and their comorbidities. Involved in evaluating antivirals for HIV/Hepatitis C coinfection, evaluation of interdisciplinary practice models and the impact of clinical pharmacists on patient care, reducing clinically significant drug-drug interactions with antiretrovirals, reversibility of tenofovir related renal dysfunction, and cardiovascular risk assessment in HIV patients.

Current project on real-world experience with higher than recommended doses of lamivudine in varying degrees of renal impairment, and the clinical significance of dolutegravir and metformin co-administration.


Rebecca Cope, Pharm.D., BCACP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Rebecca.Cope@liu.edu
718-246-6332

Research Interests:
Primary Care/Family Medicine/Global Health: Pharmacist’s role in chronic disease state management, including diabetes, lipids, hypertension, and others; Chronic disease state management in patients living with HIV/AIDS; Safe and efficacious use of anticoagulant therapy; Qualitative research on patient perceptions and understanding of health risk associated with chronic disease states; Capacity building for chronic disease state management in global health settings; Impact of incorporating global health education into pharmacy curriculums.



Rutesh H. Dave, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Director, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Rutesh.Dave@liu.edu
718-488-1101

Research Interests: Pharmaceutical Pre-formulation and Formulation: My major research interest is in the area of solid dosage forms and developing new technologies for delivery of poorly-soluble drugs. In the past few years, nanotechnology has been a focus of my laboratory, especially the incorporation of drugs into oral films for better bioavailability and ease of administration. Another area of interest is in powder characterization, to understand the behavior of powder during the pre-formulation step and its changes during the scale-up process. We are continuously working with many generic companies to develop complex solid generics and strategies to bypass the patents associated with it.


Kathleen Frey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Program Director, Pharmacology/Toxicology
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kathleen.Frey@liu.edu
718-488-1471

Research Interests:
Structure-based Drug Design and Molecular Modeling: Rational drug design of small molecules for the treatment of infectious diseases and cancer; optimization of natural products using protein crystallography, molecular modeling and computational chemistry; drug-target co-crystallography; predicting drug resistance using molecular modeling; predicting polymorphisms in metabolizing enzymes, carrier proteins, and transporters.


Suzanna Gim, BA, PharmD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of International Affairs
Drug Information Specialist
Suzanna.Gim@liu.edu
(718) 488-1270

Research Interests:
International pharmacy practice in resource poor settings, program development, health profession education and training challenges, sustainable solutions, workforce strengthening, capacity building in resource poor countries. International pharmacy practice experiences for pharmacy students. Student perceptions on learning, best practices for teaching various learning styles, higher cognitive level assessments. Improving patient care through increase in pharmacy involvement in outpatient services.


Jeff Idle, Ph.D., FRSC, FRSB, FBPhS
Director and Endowed Professor, Arthur G. Zupko's Systems Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics
Jeff.Idle@liu.edu

718-488-1322

Research Interests:
Precision Medicine: Elucidation of the factors that determine individuality in response to therapeutic agents and environmental chemical exposures; in particular, how these responses are genetically controlled and expressed through the metabolome and lipidome. Development of predictive biomarkers of disease diathesis and drug response using gene expression and mass spectrometry.

Radiation metabolomics: Development of protocols, and ultimately a device, to determine absorbed doses of ionizing radiation using metabolomics. These would be used to triage populations exposed to mass radiation releases, either accidental or deliberate.


Avinash Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Laboratories
Director, Small Animal Imaging Core
Avinash.Kumar@liu.edu
718-780-6061

Research Interests:
Molecular cell biology and pharmacology of prostate cancer: MTA1-mediated signaling in prostate cancer progression and metastasis, MTA1-associated miRNAs in prostate cancer biology, MTA1 and miRNA-targeted efficacy of dietary stilbenes in prostate cancer chemoprevention and treatment. Current projects: Understanding the role of MTA1 in prostate cancer progression and bone metastasis using transgenic and xenograft mouse models, determining the MTA1 inhibitory property of FDA approved chemotherapeutic agents for treatment of prostate cancer and elucidating the MTA1-targeted efficacy of combinatorial approaches for treatment of prostate cancer.


John M. Lonie, R.Ph., Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Social and Administrative Sciences
Program Director, Drug Regulatory Affairs
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
John.Lonie@liu.edu
718-488-1259

Research Interests:
Social Pharmacy: Factors affecting empathic and emotional development in pharmacy students and pharmacists;  improving patient outcomes using novel methodologies to measure, predict and improve medication adherence. Current project: Design and evaluation of the impact of a specialized pharmacist training program geared toward improving patient antidepressant medication adherence.


Yoonsun Mo, M.S., Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Division of Pharmacy Practice
Yoonsun.Mo@liu.edu

(718) 780-6114

Research Interests:
Dr. Mo’s research interests involve all aspects of critical care including pain/agitation/delirium practices, sepsis, infectious diseases, anticoagulation/hemostasis management, and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Clinical research projects currently in progress include a survey study on current practice patterns in the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome and a retrospective cohort study evaluating the effect of modafinil on cognitive function in intensive care unit patients.


Kenneth Morris, Ph.D.
University Professor
Director, Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis
Kenneth.Morris@liu.edu
718-246-6452 

Research Interests:
Pharmaceutical Material Science: Physico-chemical properties of formulation components on the performance of the final pharmaceutical dosage form. These properties include particle size, shape, surface area, and charge; crystal structure, lattice energy, forms (i.e., polymorphs and hydrates), morphology; relative crystallinity (and amorphous content); hygroscopicity; solubility. A focus of our research is the use of advanced analytical techniques to follow these properties throughout the manufacturing process. The techniques include powder and single crystal x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis, mid- and near-diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infra-red spectrophotometry, dielectric spectroscopy, and molecular and crystallographic modeling.


Jadwiga Najib, B.S., M.S., Pharm.D.
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Jadwiga.Najbi@liu.edu
718-488-8226

Research Interests:
Mental Health Disorders: Clinical management of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; mood disorders, especially depression and bipolar disorders; sleep disorders, emphasis on insomnia. Drug-Induced movement disorders, their management and legal implications. Current interest in social and psychological aspects of health behavior.


Joseph P. Nathan, M.S., Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director, International Drug Information Center
Joseph.Nathan@liu.edu
718-488-1251 

Research Interests:
Drug Information Services/Resources and Health and Drug Literacy of Professionals and Consumers: The continuous evolution of drug information centers in the US, information resources used by healthcare professionals and consumers, health literacy of healthcare professionals and consumers as it relates to pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements.


Jaclyn Novatt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Jaclyn.Novatt@liu.edu
718-780-4187

Research Interests:
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Developing, implementing, and evaluating novel approaches to teach biomedical science, research methods, and communication skills.
Current projects: Development of a biochemistry research elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience, evaluating the impact of order of didactic and experiential learning on student understanding of scientific concepts,‚Äč and evaluation of the use of improvisational activities to teach communication skills in a pharmacy practice lab course.


 Eun-Jung Park, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Cancer Research Laboratories
Director, Flow Cytometry Core
Eunjung.Park@liu.edu
718-780-6062

Research Interests:
Cancer Research and Drug Discovery: Examination of the biological activities of natural products via a set of in vitro assays, and mechanistic studies on the potent compounds or extracts using in vivo models.  Current project: To investigate the effect of daily intake of grapes on health and longevity.


John M. Pezzuto, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
John.Pezzuto@liu.edu
718-488-1004

Research Interests:
Cancer Research and Drug Discovery: Biology-driven natural product drug discovery and characterization, with primary emphasis in the fields of cancer chemotherapy and cancer chemoprevention. Current long-term project is designed to investigate the effects of grape consumption on health.


Mimi Pezzuto, MS, RPh

Program Advisor for Cosmetic Sciences/Pharmaceutics Graduate Program
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mimi.Pezzuto@liu.edu

(718) 488-1630

Research Interests:
Cosmetic Sciences: Evaluation and testing of sun protection factor (SPF) value for sunscreen formulas. Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D) dermal formulations. Product development.
History of Pharmacy: Historical prescription records’ relevance to medical practices.


Dovenia Ponnoth, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dovenia.Ponnoth@liu.edu
718-780-4079

Research Interests:
Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Lung Biology: Main research focus is cardiopulmonary pharmacology and the interaction between reactive airway diseases and development of cardiovascular diseases (CVD); asthma/COPD pathogenesis; role of angiotensin ll and adenosine in lung diseases and CVD. Identifying novel vascular smooth muscle and endothelial derived-relaxing factors, signaling mechanisms and dysfunction in CVD; population and epidemiological basis of the correlation between lung function and stroke, hypertension and atherosclerosis.



Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Maria.Sorbera@liu.edu
718-488-1000 x1982

Research Interests:
HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C: Involved in evaluating the management of patients living with HIV/Hepatitis C and their comorbidities.  Pharmacy Practice in Ambulatory Care Settings: Evaluating the impact clinical pharmacists have on patient care in improving individual and public health outcomes.  


Grazia Stagni, Ph.D
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Grazia.Stagni@liu.edu
718-488-1231 

Research Interests:
Pharmaceutical Sciences: Cutaneous microdialysis, topical and transdermal delivery, in vitro / in vivo correlations, bioequivalence of topical formulations, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic modeling.  A specific focus of our research is the use of microdialysis to study the rate and extent of drug delivery to the skin from topical/transdermal devices (iontophoresis, microneedles) and formulations, and from systemic administrations.


David Taft, Ph.D
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
David.Taft@liu.edu
718-488-1263

Research Interests:

Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics: Research centers on application of in vitro, in vivo and in silico tools to evaluate absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. This includes application of perfused organ systems (kidney, intestine, liver) to characterize drug disposition mechanisms and in vivo experiments to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of novel compounds following various routes of administration. These studies are used to support the development of novel drug formulations or to assess potential drug:drug interactions. Computer-based modeling and simulation techniques are used to predict plasma drug levels in humans from preclinical data (IVIVE), to correlate in vitro and in vivo data (IVIVC), to assess pharmacokinetics in special populations, or to provide pharmacokinetic analysis of data generated from clinical studies.


Tina Zerilli, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of Assessment
Tina.Zerilli@liu.edu
718-780-4004

Research Interests:
Research interests have revolved around the use of drug information resources by both healthcare professionals and the lay public, and global topics relevant to clinical pharmacy practice. More recently, research has centered on educational practices as they pertain to programmatic and curricular assessment. Current focus is on the use of standardized patients in improving students' pharmacy practice skills. 

 


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