A Message from the Department Chair
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is committed to create and disseminate knowledge
through world-class integrated biomedical and pharmaceutical research. Our research
goals are to increase understanding of disease processes and identify novel therapeutic
targets that can ultimately be applied to patients. We are also committed to innovative
education of professional and graduate students with the long term goal to become
outstanding pharmacists and scientists. Graduate students receive solid training in
the pharmaceutical-related basic sciences and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
creates an environment in which students can develop into independent and creative
scientific problem-solvers. Having access to state-of-the-art equipment and expertise,
our students are well prepared to meet the latest challenges in groundbreaking research
and discovery in the fields of academia, government and industry after completing
a graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Research led by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty provides translational
drug discovery and target identification for a wide variety of disease states. The
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is committed to cross-department, school, and
university collaboration and mentoring of faculty in both teaching and research. The
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences seeks to attract the best and brightest students
and faculty by creating a welcoming environment that fosters success and creativity.
This dedication and sustained commitment has helped the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy
achieve the top 20% AACP rankings for schools of pharmacies in combined research grant
funding for 2012.
The major research interests and expertise of our current Pharmaceutical sciences
- Blood-brain barrier and neurovascular unit
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Drug delivery/formulation
- Pharmacology and receptor binding
- Stroke and brain ischemia
- Pulmonary embolism/hypertension
- Liver ischemia-reperfusion injury
- Metastatic brain cancer, drug resistance, and molecular cancer therapy
I invite you to visit our department through our web site or direct contact via telephone
or email. We value your input that is aimed at improving our education, research and
service. I also invite you to apply for any available faculty, staff or trainee positions
within our growing department.
Tom Abbruscato, Ph.D.