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Department of Pharmacology & Physiology Secondary and Adjunct Faculty

These secondary and adjunct faculty members complement the skills and expertise of our core, full-time pharmacology and physiology faculty.

Secondary Faculty

Guillermo Alexander, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Professor, Department of Neurology
Interests: Pain; Alzheimer's disease and ALS

Wei Du, MD, MS

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Clinical Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry; Director, Adult Psychiatry Residency Program
Interests: Clinical psychiatry

Terry Heiman-Patterson, MD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Professor, Department of Neurology
Interests: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Sandhya Kortagere, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Interests: Molecular pharmacology and drug discovery

Andrea McCurry, MS

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Assistant Director, ULAR
Interests: Laboratory animal care and supervision

Julian Mesina, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Assistant Professor; Animal Sciences Program Director, Professional Studies of the Health Sciences
Interests: Respiratory physiology; zoonotic disease in public health

Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD

Affiliation: Drexel University
Occupation: Assistant Professor
Interests: Dopamine-mediated mechanisms for food intake over- and under-consumption in humans; effects of nutrients on memory and cognition in humans

Sonia Navas-Martin, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Interests: Human hepatitis C virus; coronaviruses

Boris Polyak, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Interests: Nanoparticles for drug delivery; regenerative medicine

Daniel V. Schidlow, MD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Dean; Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Interests: Cystic fibrosis and pulmonary conditions in children

Nathaniel W. Snyder, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University
Occupation: Assistant Professor
Interests: Autism, pharmacology, analytical chemistry with an emphasis on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)

Michael M. White, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Interests: Ion channel structure-function relationships; ligand-receptor interactions; electrophysiology

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Adjunct Faculty

Adeboye Adajare, PhD

Affiliation: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Occupation: Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Interests: Medicinal chemistry

Lisa Aimone, PhD

Affiliation: Teva Pharmaceuticals
Background: Sterling-Winthrop, Cephalon
Interests: Pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutical profiling

Vincent Aloyo, PhD

Interests: Serotonin, animal behavior

Jess Amchin, MD, JD*

Affiliation: Amchin Consulting
Occupation: Consultant
Interests: Clinical  research, law

Robert Babilon, PhD

Affiliation: Prosoft Clinical
Background: DuPont, Aventis, Adolor
Interests: Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance

Peter Basseches, PhD

Affiliation: Merck
Background: Icon
Interests: Regulatory affairs

Rodney Bednar, PhD

Affiliation: Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute
Background: Merck Research Laboratories
Interests: High throughput screening, assay development

Benjamin Blass, PhD

Affiliation: Temple University School of Pharmacy and Blass Patent Associates
Occupation: Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and U.S. Patent Agent
Interests: Medicinal chemistry; patent law

Gilbert Block, MD, PhD*

Affiliation: Self-Employed
Occupation: Consultant
Interests: Central nervous system disorders and drug development

Stefania Bradley, PhD

Affiliation:  Merck & Co.
Occupation: Principal Scientist
Interests: Neuroscience, drug discovery

Michael R. Brandt, PhD

Interests: Pain and pain therapeutics; behavioral pharmacology

Gillian Cannon, PhD

Affiliation: UCB North America
Backgound: Otsuka, Merck
Interests: Commercial and marketing

Elinor H. Cantor, PhD

Affiliation: Consultant
Interests: Pharmacology and consulting

Samuel K. Chacko, DVM, PhD

Affiliation: School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Interests: Pathobiology of smooth muscle, signal transduction, myosin, thin filament-associated protein caldesmon, smooth muscle cell differentiation, translational research

Debbie Cooper, PhD

Affiliation: Self-Employed
Backgound: Amgen, Wyeth, Pfizer, Cephalon
Interests: Regulatory affairs, risk management

Ricardo Cruciani, MD, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Occupation: Chair, Department of Neurology
Interests: Pain and clinical treatment

Michael Derelanko, PhD

Affiliation:  Independent Consultant
Interests: Toxicology

Timi Edeki, MD, PhD*

Affiliation: AstraZeneca
Occupation: Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacology DMPK
Interests: Drug disposition and response; botanical-drug interactions; personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics

Melissa Egbertson, PhD

Occupation: Consultant
Interests: Medicinal chemistry, HIV, pain

Masiej Gasior, MD, PhD*

Affiliation: Teva Pharmaceuticals
Occupation: Sr. Medical Director; Global Drug Development, CNSbr /> Interests: In vivo neuropsychopharmacology; behavioral pharmacology; addiction; epilepsy; pain

Hugo Geerts, PhD

Affiliation: Silico Biosciences
Occupation: Chief Scientific Officer
Interests: Neuropharmacology; modeling and simulation of complex brain networks in CNS diseases

Paul Gilligan, PhD

Affiliation/Occupation: Consultant
Interests: Medicinal chemistry

Alessandro Graziano, PhD

Occupation: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Interests: Mechanisms of CNS plasticity, pain after spinal cord injury, chronic pain

Linda Hiner, MD*

Occupation: Retired Physician
Interests: Renal physiology

Pamela Hornby, PhD

Affiliation: Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J
Occupation: Senior Research Fellow, Biologics Research
Interests: Pharmacology and drug discovery

David Howland, PhD

Affiliation: Cure Huntington’s Disease Foundation
Background: Cephalon, Wyeth
Interests: Model systems and molecular genetics

Peter H. Hutson, PhD

Affiliation: Shire Pharmaceuticals
Occupation: Director, CNS Disorders
Interests: Neuropharmacology; psychiatric disorders; sleep

Bruce Jones, PhD

Affiliation: Anakim Biologics, LLC
Occupation: Consultant
Interests: Biologics

Jonathan L. Katz, PhD

Interests: Substance abuse

Leslie Killion, MD*

Affiliation: Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Background: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wyeth, Cephalon
Interests: Global pharmacovigilance

William Kinney, PhD

Affiliation: Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, Doylestown
Interests: Medicinal chemistry

Lars Knutsen, PhD

Affiliation: Discovery Pharma, LLC and Requis Pharmaceuticals
Occupation: President/CEO
Interests: Medicinal chemistry; drug research and development; design of new drugs for sleep, neurological disorders and neurodegeneration; adenosine and its receptors

Michele Kutzler, PhD

Affiliation: Drexel University College of Medicine
Interests: Vaccines and vaccine development

Patrick Y. Lam, PhD

Affiliation: PA Drug Discovery Institute
Occupation: Associate Professor of Chemistry/Consultant
Interests: Medicinal chemistry and drug development

Martin Lehr, MBA

Affiliation: Context Pharmaceuticals
Background: Osage Partners
Interests: Venture capital

Michael Liebman, PhD

Affiliation: IPQ Analytics, LLC
Occupation:  President, IPQ
Interests: Informatic technology

Laura Lubbers, PhD

Affiliation: Merck
Occupation: Senior Research Biologist
Interests: RNAi therapeutics

Randall Mack, PhD

Affiliation: Recro Pharma
Background: Abbott Labs, Auxilium, Adolor
Interests: Program and project management

Richard Mangano, PhD

Affiliation: Adolor Corporation
Occupation: VP Clinical Research and Development
Interests: Clinical trials; drug discovery and development

Michael J. Marino, PhD

Affiliation: Merck Research Laboratories
Occupation: Group Leader, Electrophysiology, InVivo Pharmacology, Pain
Interests: Psychiatric disorders; CNS drug discovery

Brian Murphy, PhD

Affiliation: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Background: Neurocrine Biosciences
Interests: Lead discovery, GPCRs

Maura Murphy, PhD

Affiliation: iCeutica Corp
Background: Vertex, Genzyme
Interests: Formulation research and development

Eliot Ohlstein, PhD

Affiliation: AltheRx Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Occupation: Chief Scientific Officer/Head of Research and Development
Interests: Drug discovery and development

Jeffrey Paul, PhD

Affiliation: Astellas Pharma
Background: Wyeth, Pfizer
Interests: Clinical pharmacology

MaryAnn Pelleymounter, PhD

Affiliation: NINDS
Occupation: Scientific Project Manager
Interests: Drug discovery, obesity, translational research

Rita Raddatz, PhD

Affiliation: Teva Pharmaceuticals
Background: Synaptic, Astra-Zeneca, Cephalon
Interests: Biomarker development and biosimilars

Rajesh Ranganathan, PhD

Affiliation: NINDS
Occupation: Director, Office of Translational Research
Interests: Translational science, neurotherapeutics and education

Allen Reitz, PhD

Affiliation: PA Center for Drug Discovery/ALS Biopharma, LLS & Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center
Occupation: Director/CEO
Interests: Drug discovery

Robert Ring, PhD

Affiliation: Autism Speaks
Background: Wyeth Research, Pfizer
Interests: Autism spectrum disorders research; mood disorders research; drug discovery and development, and neuropeptide research

Joseph W. Romano, PhD

Affiliation: NWJ Group
Occupation: President
Interests: HIV/infectious disease; drug development

Sharon Rosenzweig-Lipson, PhD

Affiliation: IVS Consulting LLC
Occupation: President
Interests: Translational medicine; in vivo models; drug discovery

Bill Rote, PhD

Affiliation: Ardea Biosciences
Background: Corvas, Amylin, Astra-Zeneca
Interests: Clinical development and alliance management

James Samanen, PhD

Affiliation: James Samanen Consulting LLC
Occupation: Consultant
Interests: Drug discovery and development 

Paul Leo Shea, MD*

Affiliation: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Occupation: Physician
Interests: Pediatrics, respiratory physiology

David Stone, PhD

Affiliation: Merck Research Labs
Occupation: Director & Head of Genetics
Interests: Genomics

Jeff Vaught, PhD

Affiliation: Cephalon
Background: McNeil Pharmaceuticals
Interests: CNS and oncology therapeutics

Marcel Waldinger, MD, PhD*

Affiliation: Utrecht University for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Occupation: Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Interests: Drug discovery & development, sexual dysfunction, serotonergic drugs

Michael Williams, PhD, DSc

Affiliation/Occupation: Retired
Interests: Drug discovery and neuropharmacology

Michael Wood, PhD

Affiliation: AstraZeneca
Background: Eli Lilly
Interests: CNS drug discovery and development

* Physician's practice is independent of Drexel Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine.

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