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David GraingerMessage from Department Chair and Distinguished Professor David W. Grainger, PH. D.

Thanks for finding us on line! We have a new look, updated information, and many exciting developments detailed in our new Pharmaceutics website!

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The Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry occupies approximately 24,000 square feet of space in the College of Pharmacy and two nearby locations, all proximal to the Health Sciences Center and Health Sciences Library.

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View the pdf on Utah-Inha Joint Research Center on Drug Delivery Systems and Advanced Therapeutics

Upcoming Events


Seminar Series – Spring 2016

* All Monday PHCEU seminars will be held in HSEB 4100B at 4:00 pm in addition to special dates
£ All Thursday COP seminars will be held in HSEB 2680 at 4:00 pm
All Friday CoP-wide Poster sessions will be held on designated floors at 4:00 pm


  • 21st COP-wide Seminar – hosted by PHTX £


  • 4th COP-wide Seminar – hosted by MDCH £
  • 8th Kwang Meyung Kim, Ph.D., Korea Inst of Science & Technology *
  • 10th Donna French, Ph.D., Sr. Dir., Genentech *
  • 11th Julia Ljubimova, M.D. Ph.D., Cedars-Sinai *
  • 12th Intra-College Research Event: Technical Poster session at SRB 3rd floor 4:00 pm – hosted by PHTX
  • 18th COP-wide Seminar – hosted by MDCH £
  • 22nd Ram Mahato, Ph.D., University of Nebraska *
  • 29th Peng Wang, Graduate Student, Ph.D. candidate *


  • 3rd COP-wide Seminar – hosted by PHCEU £
  • 7th Susie Pun, Ph.D., University of Washington *
  • 11th Intra-College Research Event: Technical Poster session at SRB 4th floor 4:00 pm – hosted by PCTH 
  • 21st Michael Yu, Ph.D., Univ. of Utah Bioengineering Department *
  • 28th Phong Lu, Graduate Student, Ph.D. candidate *


  • 4th Sun Jin Kim, Graduate Student, Ph.D. candidate *
  • 7th COP-wide Seminar – hosted by PCTH £
  • 8th Intra-College Research Event: Technical Poster session at SRB 1st floor 4:00 pm – hosted by MDCH
  • 11th Jessica McCombs, Graduate Student, Ph.D. candidate *
  • 21st COP-wide Seminar – hosted by PCTH £
  • 25th Mostafa Yazdimamaghani, Graduate Student, Ph.D. candidate *


  • 12th COP-wide Seminar – hosted by PHTX £
  • 26th COP-wide Seminar – hosted by PHTX £




Grainger, Bae, Chen visit Hainan Medical University in China

Pharmaceutics Faculty David Grainger, You Han Bae, and Mingnan Chen visited The First Affiliated Hospital of Hainan Medical University, China, on December 5-6, 2016, as a part of an inaugural effort to possibly cooperate with joint research efforts in a new translational medicine research center between the Hospital and the University of Utah Department of Pharmaceutics.

hainanThe Utah team first introduced research and expertise in the department to Hospital research personnel, and presented three seminars, entitled “The Future of Regenerative Medicine Compare to Tissue Engineering”, “New Transport Models for Nanoparticles to and in Solid Tumor”, and “Cancer Immunotherapy: Past, Future, and Now”.


David Grainger named 4-year term with NIBIB
David Grainger is recently named to a 4-year term with the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Appointments are made by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. As a member of NIBIB Council, Grainger will provide second-level review for select NIH research grant applications and technical advisory input on potential new NIBIB initiatives, policy considerations and strategic directions. As such, Grainger and the NIBIB Council are advisory to the NIBIB Director, Dr. Rod Pettigrew.


Shawn Owen awarded College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year 
Congratulations to Dr. Shawn Owen for being selected as the University of Utah College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016. This is an amazing achievement for a second-year faculty in our professional pharmacy program! 


Congratulations to Carol Lim's promotion to Full Professor!
Carol was provided the official State notice that she is now Full Professor. Please join the us in congratulating her on this paramount academic achievement!


Pharmaceutics faculty Kim and Bae listed again among the 6 most highly cited researchers at the University of Utah. The new 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Citer Research index lists Pharmaceutics faculty Sung Wan Kim and You Han Bae for another year among the top 6 most highly cited University of Utah researchers. This selection is based upon the number of top 1% globally cited research works that a faculty produces in their field over the preceding 10 years.

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Faculty David Grainger is named as 2015 William Evans Visiting Faculty Fellow by the University of Otago, New Zealand. Grainger will spend several weeks in October, 2015 lecturing at the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine, and Centre for Innovation at the University of Otago, New Zealand. The William Evans fund of the University of Otago was established by the University Council in 1946 under the will of the late Dr William Evans, a well-known family physician in Dunedin, who died in 1943. He bequeathed the remainder of his estate to the University of Otago, which, on the recommendation of the Professorial Board is mainly devoted to financing a Visiting Professorship for the promotion and encouragement of learning. Fellowship awards are made by invitation from the University upon recommendation from the William Evans Selection Committee.


Te-Wei Chu wins Young Scientist Poster Award in International Symposium on Recent Advances in Drug Delivery Systems

Te-Wei’s abstract titled "A two-step pretargeted nanotherapy for CD20 crosslinking may achieve superior anti-lymphoma efficacy to rituximab” (with coauthors R. Zhang, J. Yang, M.P. Chao, P.J. Shami and J. Kopecek) was awarded 1st place for best poster presentation in the 17th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Drug Delivery Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah (2015).

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Ben Bruno wins the College of Pharmacy’s 2015 Wolf Prize

The Wolf Prize is given annually to a graduating Ph.D. student from any Department at the College of Pharmacy who is recognized as having demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service, and who has demonstrated interest in pursuing an academic career. The Prize consists of a $5,000 award and engraved plaque, presented at the annual College Convocation ceremony, and is supported by the Harold H. and Joan S. Wolf Prize Endowment fund in memory of John and Bertha Wolf.



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N. Frazier, R. Robinson, A. Ray, and H. Ghandehari, Effects of Heating Temperature and Duration by Gold Nanorod Mediated Plasmonic Photothermal Therapy on Copolymer Accumulation in Tumor Tissue, Molecular Pharmaceutics, 12:1605-14 (2015).

Arauchi, C.-H. Yang, Y.-E. Sun, S. Cho, E.A. Jarboe, C.M. Peterson, Y.H. Bae, T. Okano, and M.M. Janát-Amsbury*, An immunocompetent, orthotopic mouse model of epithelial ovarian cancer utilizing tissue engineered tumor cell sheets, Tissue Eng. Part C: Methods, 2015, 21(1), 23-34

Cho, S., Dong, S., Parent, K. N., & Chen, M. (2015). Immune-tolerant elastin-like polypeptides (iTEPs) and their application as CTL vaccine carriers. Journal of Drug Targeting.

B.D. Brooks, K.D. Sinclair, D.W. Grainger, A.E. Brooks, “A Resorbable Antibiotic-Eluting Polymer Composite Bone Void Filler for Perioperative Infection Prevention in a Rabbit Radial Defect Model,” PLoS One, 2015 Mar 27;10(3):e0118696. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118696D. PMID: 25815727

  • Heptoma Targeting Peptide Conjugated Bio-reducible Polumer Complexed with Oncolytic Adenovirus for Cancer Gene Therapy, J-W. Choi, H.A. Kim, K. Nam, Y. Na, and S.W. Kim.  Journal of Controlled Release, 220:691-703 (2015)
  • T.-W. Chu, R. Zhang, J. Yang, M.P. Chao, P.J. Shami, J. Kopeček, A Two-Step Pretargeted Nanotherapy for CD20 Crosslinking May Achieve Superior Anti-Lymphoma Efficacy to Rituximab. Theranostics 5, 834-846 (2015)
  • Lu P, Bruno BJ, Rabenau M, Lim CS (2015). Delivery of drugs and macromolecules to the mitochondria for cancer therapy. J. Ctrl Rel, in press.
  • S.A. Fisher, P.N. Anandakumaran, S.C. Owen, M.S. Shoichet, Tuning the Microenvironment: Click‐Crosslinked Hyaluronic Acid‐Based Hydrogels Provide a Platform for Studying Breast Cancer Cell Invasion, Advanced Functional Materials, 2015, 25 (46), 7163-7172