Faculty Research Interests

LIU PHARMACY FACULTY RESEARCH INTERESTS


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
Program Director, Pharmacology/Toxicology
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kenza.Benzeroual@liu.edu
718-488-1062

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.


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.


Jaclyn Cusumano, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Jaclyn.Cusumano@liu.edu
718-488-1246

Research Interests:
Infectious Diseases: Discovery of ideal antimicrobial regimens for multidrug resistant bacteria, including penicillin-resistant ampicillin-susceptible Enterococcus faecalis and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Identification of antimicrobial pharmacodynamic targets through in vitro modeling. Clinical translation of in vitro findings to advance therapeutic drug monitoring practices.


Bhaskar Das, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmaceutics
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Bhaskar.Das@liu.edu
718-488-1101

Research Interests:
New methodologies for carbon-boron bond formation to synthesize boron-containing unnatural amino acids for use in cancer therapy.  Synthesis of chemical libraries of boron-containing agents for use in the treatment of brain cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.  Development of chemical libraries of PET and SPECT imaging agents for non-invasive diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease and brain cancer.  Development of new therapeutic and diagnostic agents for brain cancer, prostate cancer, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. 


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.


Suzanna Gim, Pharm.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of International Affairs, Drug Information Specialist
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Suzanna.Gim@liu.edu
(718) 488-1671

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.


Douglas L. Jennings, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Douglas.Jennings@liu.edu
718-488-1279

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.


Avinash Kumar, Ph.D.
 
Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Laboratories
Director, Small Animal Imaging Core
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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.


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.


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
Division of Pharmacy Practice
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.


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.


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. 


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
Division 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. 


CONTACT

LIU Pharmacy
Arash T. Dabestani
PharmD, MHA, FASHP, FABC
Dean

718-488-1004