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Uday B Kompella, PhD

Research Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Anschutz Medical Campus
12700 East 19th Avenue, C238-P15
Auroa, CO 80045

Office:  (303) 724-4028

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Kompella is a specialist in nanomedicine and drug delivery for the treatment of retinal diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. 
His work utilizes supercritical fluid technology as well as conventional methods for the preparation of polymeric and functionalized nanoparticles, nanoporous particles, microparticles, and soluble complexes used as therapeutic agents for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and corneal angiogenesis.  Dr. Kompella works closely with pharmaceutical company partners to design drug delivery systems and technologies for clinical development. Additionally, his ongoing research addresses prediction of vitreal half-life of drugs intended for treating retinal diseases. Also, he is actively investigating the influence of eye physiology and pathology on drug disposition in the eye. 


Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Retinoblastoma, Glaucoma.


  • Bachelors Pharmacy (Honors): Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India.
  • Masters Pharmaceutical Engineering: Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.
  • PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences: University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


2010  FARVO Designation, Silver Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

2009  Key Note Lecture, ASIA-ARVO, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Hyderabad, India.

2008  Service Award, Regulatory Sciences Section, AAPS.

2008  Resaearch Innovation Award for Licensed Technology. University of Nebraska Medical Center. Functionalized particles to treat eye disorders.

2006  Distinguished Scientist, University of Nebraska Medical Center. In recognition of leading an outstanding research program at the University. 

2005 Fellow, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Recognition “as a distinguished contributor and acknowledged leader in the advancement of pharmaceutical sciences”.

2005 Recognition Award, Regulatory Sciences Section, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

2003 Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

2002 Award of Appreciation by Graduate Students - In recognition of contributions and support as a faculty advisor. XXXIV Annual Pharmaceutics Graduate Research Meeting (June 13-15, 2002). Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

1997-98  Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, Auburn University.

1997  Recipient of AAPS new investigator grant in pharmaceutics, drug delivery and pharmaceutical technology for 1997. Sponsored by Pfizer Central Research.

1997  Recognition Award. American Association of Indian Pharmaceutical Scientists.

1995  Full member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

1994  Outstanding Achievement, Office of International Students, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

1993  Student Assistantship from Genentech, Inc. to attend Western Regional AAPS meeting held at San Francisco, CA.

1992  Outstanding paper in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism, and clinical sciences (PPDM & CS) section of AAPS meeting held at San Antonio, sponsored by Eli Lilly & Co.

1992  Best poster award in the graduate student research forum (GSRF) at University of Southern California, sponsored by Doheney Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

1987-89  Fellowship from University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India.

1983-87  National Merit Scholarship, India.


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences - Uday B Kompella, PhD