Faculty Research Interests

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

Research Interests:

Screening for natural products with potential neuroprotective actions in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Screening for potential anticancer agents for the treatment of glioblastoma. Use of genomic and proteomic approaches in biomarkers identification for new drug development.


Rebecca J Cope
Associate 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. BCIDP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Jaclyn.Cusumano@liu.edu
718-488-1246

Research Interests:
Dr. Cusumano’s research is focused on the discovery of ideal antimicrobial regimens for multidrug resistant bacteria, including penicillin-resistant ampicillin-susceptible Enterococcus faecalis, as well as identification of antimicrobial pharmacodynamic targets through in vitro modeling.  Her research aims to clinically translate in vitro findings to advance therapeutic drug monitoring practices. Dr. Cusumano also has interest in antimicrobial stewardship research to advance current 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.


Brooke D. Fidler, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Brooke.Fidler@liu.edu
718-780-4195

Research Interests:
Research is focused on utilizing best practices in pharmacy education, both curricular and co-curricular, to prepare students for real-life practice.  Specifically, on the use of patient simulation to improve students empathy, confidence and practice skills. Other areas of interest include co-curricular assessment, self-care therapeutics and community practice.


Suzanna Gim, Pharm.D., MPH
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.


Douglas L. Jennings, Pharm.D.
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.


Ra'ed S. A. Khashan, PhD, RPh
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests:
In-Silico Drug Discovery, Computational Medicinal Chemistry, and Machine Learning Data Science: Our laboratory employs computer power to identify novel theoretical models that will aid in mastering difficult biological processes, improving the computer-aided drug design process, and thus, facilitating the discovery of new molecular entities. It crosses the borders of many disciplines such as chemistry, biology, physics, and computer sciences, and so the ultimate goal is to employ the broad background acquired by our research team to unlock the mystery of challenging problems in the field of structural molecular pharmacology and medicinal chemistry. The end result would be advancing the discovery of better therapeutic agents with higher efficacy, potency, and selectivity.


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
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.
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.


Timothy Nguyen, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, CCP, FASCP
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Clinical Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Nephrology & Dialysis
timothy.nguyen@liu.edu
718-488-3454 | Site 212-241-7718

Research Interests:
Pharmacy, ​pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, pharmacy education​, kidney disease​, and dialysis​. Continue to advance pharmacy and nephrology pharmacy profession through research in teaching and learning​. Practice areas in kidney, nephrology​, dialysis​, medication-related problems, and chronic kidney disease (anemia, mineral and bone disorders).


Eun-Jung Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, 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.


Longo Maria
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.


Susan C. Villegas, Pharm.D., BCPPS
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Division of Pharmacy Practice
Susan.Villegas@liu.edu
718-780-4185

Research Interests:
Clinical management of various conditions affecting pediatric patients including infectious diseases and asthma.  Sedation and pain control in the setting of a pediatric critical care unit.  Current interests also include improving medication safety for pediatric patients and educating other health care professions on the safe practices of prescribing medications for pediatric patients.


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