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Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

In 2014 the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) acted on the need for strategic development in the areas of research and education by creating an Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies position (ADR). This position is held by David Ross, PhD, who also serves as the Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The SSPPS has a rich history with a strong record of research as it has been ranked in the top 3 for NIH funding per PhD faculty member of Schools of Pharmacy for the past 5 years. In 2014, it was ranked as 5th highest in NIH funding and in total grant funding by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.​

Within the first year, the ADR created an advisory committee comprised of researchers from both Departments. Current members are Rajesh Agarwal, David Bain, John Carpenter, Jared Brown, Manisha Patel, Rob MacLaren, Nichole Reisdorph, Heather Anderson, and Peter Anderson. Also created was a Director of Research Administration position held by Danae Booth which oversees all aspects of the research enterprise. With the oversight of the advisory committee, the ADR has put into place a seed grant program, small equipment grants, and funds for sabbatical leave and visiting scientists. An inaugural school-wide research retreat was held in August 2014 to stimulate cross-departmental collaboration with the goal of increased translational research by the school

FY18 Seed Grants

PIs/Collaborators Title Amount
Reynolds/Kiser, T Evaluation of prophylactic heparin dosage on the incidence of venous thromboembolism, bleeding, and thrombocytopenia in critically ill
patients receiving mechanical ventilation
LaBarbera/Bain Drug discovery targeting CHD1L in colorectal cancer $50,000
Evaluating the role of oxidative phosphorylation emphysema treatment
and progression

FY17 Seed Grants

PIs/Collaborators Title Amount
Catalano/Gutierrez-Hartman Designer Nanoparticles for Use in Breast Cancer Therapy $49,800
C. Agarwal/Wempe Drug Interactions of DGE with Oral Therapies $49,732
Reigan/Siegel/Matheson Hypoxia-activated Prodrugs of Kinase Inhibitors $50,000
Mallela/Anchordoquy Exosome-assisted Gene Therapy for Muscular Dystrophy $50,000
S. Anderson A Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment of an Electronic Examination Implementation $2,275
M. Jeffers Meeting the Demand for Antibiotic Stewardship Pharmacists Through the Analysis of Current Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Curriculum in the US $9,856

FY16 Seed Grants

PIs/Collaborators Title Amount
Agarwal, R. Trujillo Beneficial Effects of Bitter Melon Supplementation on Aberrant Metabolic Parameters and Gut Microbiome Signature in Obese Type 2 Diabetic Patients


Mueller/Reisdorph N. Evaluation of antigen response, pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory biomarkers in critically-ill burn and neurosurgical patients $47,600
Radcliffe/Reisdorph, N. Development of Drugs for the Treatment of Alcoholism: A Metabolomics Approach $46,409
Roede/LaBarbera Discovery of novel Down syndrome-related toxicophores and their impact on neuronal differentiation using high-throughput and high-content screening $50,000
Siegel/Bain/Reisdorph, N Redox regulation of the mRNA chaperone function of NQ01 $50,000

FY15 Seed Grants

PIs/Collaborators Title Amount
Bainbridge/Huntsman/Libby/Patel Epilepsy and its comorbidities: building evidence from clinical outcomes and plasma biomarkers $60,000
Joy/Charkoftaki/Anchordoquy/Thurman A novel imatinib dosage form to target the kidney in lupus nephritis $25,000
Kiser, T/Wempe/Saavedra Evaluation of steady-state pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of intravenous colistimethate sodium in adult patients with cystic fibrosis $25,000
Deep/O'Bryant A novel combination strategy to treat basal cell carcinoma $25,000
Nield/Backos Modeling PPAR agonist binding and activity $25,000
Mallela/Reid Finding magic bullets to treat muscular dystrophy $25,000
Aquilante/Bain Characterization of plasma protein assembly states following left ventricular assist device implantation $25,000
Simberg/LaBarbera/Wang, L/Reid/Gomez Construction of a proof-of-principle, nanoparticle-based small molecule library $25,000
Wempe/Borgelt Probing potential drug-drug interactions in patients who are consuming cannabis $50,000
MacLaren/Radcliffe/Frank The Acute Influence of Acid Suppression with Esomeprazole on Gastrointestinal Microbiota and the Gene Expression Profile of Brain in a Murine Model of Physiologic Stress $50,000
Ju/Reisdorph Identification of Metabolic Biomarkers in Hepatic Macrophages During Alcohol Liver Disease $34,240
Fritz/Reid Investigating acetyl-SOD2 regulation via high throughput screening and in vivo PQQ intervention $25,000
Huntsman/O'Neill/Saba Pharmacological plasticity and genetic identification in human epilepsy $25,000
Aquilante/Page/Saba Genetic predictors of cardiac allograft vasculopathy following cardiac transplantation $25,000
Tewari-Singh/Fritz Oxidative stress-related protein modifications in corneal toxicity by chloropicrin $25,000

Another initiative that the ADR has undertaken is to develop a research mentoring program for the school. Starting in January 2015, all junior faculty members were assigned a junior level (from another department) and senior level (from their own department) mentor. Expectations are that, at a minimum, quarterly meetings will occur and that a document will be included with the annual performance review of the mentee which describes the outcomes of the year’s meetings. In addition to the mentoring program, a new monthly Research Strategies workshop went into effect in October 2014. The workshops address technical writing skills needed for grant and article submissions. Grantees have the opportunities to have a writing professional to review grant proposals prior to submission for specific feedback.

Research Strategies Workshop Dates and Topics

1/18/18 Wordiness/Concision (especially in your Specific Aims), Drew Bixby, The Writing Center