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The Mission of the Office of Sciences at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy is to coordinate the school's research needs with our state-of-the-art scientific and technical support and to promote and accelerate research grant applications and new award set-up. 

Office of Sciences
TTUHSC School of Pharmacy
1406 S. Coulter St.
Amarillo, Texas 79106
Telephone: (806) 414-9328
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About Us

The Office of Sciences is available to all faculty on each of the four TTUHSC School of Pharmacy campus sites: Amarillo, Abilene, Dallas/Fort Worth and Lubbock. Our purpose is to act as a resource for the granting process, facilitate research and administer internal research programs.

Programs and Services

The Office of Sciences provides and oversees the following programs and services:



Impacts of Research 

Cancer Research

 Heart Disease and Stroke


Faculty Honors & Achievements

 Featured Grants - 2015

  • Abbruscato Dr. Thomas Abbruscato has been appointed as chairperson of the Drug Discovery for the Nervous System Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, NIH, for the term beginning summer 2015 and ending in summer 2016.
  • Dr. Cucullo Dr. Luca Cucullo was awarded with the President’s young investigator award on November 5, 2015.He was an invited speaker for the University of Rochester-Rochester, NY on October 6, 2015.  The seminar title was “In Vitro Models in Blood-Brain Barrier Research:Current & Novel Technologies”
  • Dr. Mikelis Dr. Constantinos Mikelis was invited to lecture at Univeristy of Patras in Rion, Greece in June 2015. He also was an invited speaker at the TTUHSC Abilene Campus.

    Received the Basic Sciences Seed Grant in Summer of 2016 
  • Dr. Srivastava Dr. Sanjay K. Srivastava delivered a keynote speech at the International Conference on Natural Products for Cancer Prevention and Therapy in Istanbul, Turkey. He also deliver a plenary talk at the International Symposium on “Recent trends in Advanced Cancer Prevention” in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Dr. Seifert Dr. Charles Seifert received the Adult Medicine PRN Outstanding Paper Award for 2015 from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
  • Dr.Trippier Dr. Trippier is a Guest Editor of the special issue of Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry. He has also been invited to present a seminar at the 14th Discovery on Target conference in the Strategies for Tackling Rare Genetic Diseases Symposia. 

Dr. Markiewski

Dr. Maciej Markiewski - NIH R01 - Targeting the Premetastatic Niche by Antiangiogenic Immunotherapy

Dr. Magdalena Karbowniczek – DOD Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (DOD CDMRP) - identifying mechanisms Initiating LAM and Angiomyolipoma In Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Dr. Wei Wang – American Cancer Society - Targeting MDM2 Oncogene To Treat Breast Cancer

Dr. Ninh La-Beck – NIH National Cancer Institute (R15) -
Abrogating Nanoparticle-Induced Immunosuppression in Tumor Microenvironment

New Grants and Awards - 2016

Dr. Trippier's Grant award


High Impact Publications

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Dr. Sanjay K. Srivastava, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean for Office of Sciences, and his team's recent publication, "Penfloridol: An Antipsychotic Agent Suppresses Metastatic Tumor Growth in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer by Inhibiting Integrin Signaling Axis."  Cancer Research, 76, 877-890, 2016. (Impact Factor  9.329) PMID: 26627008

Metastasis of breast cancer, especially to the brain, is the major cause of mortality. The inability of anticancer agents to cross the blood-brain-barrier represents a critical challenge for successful treatment.  In the current study, Dr. Srivastava and his team investigated the antimetastatic potential of penfluridol, an antipsychotic drug frequently prescribed for schizophrenia with anticancer activity. His group demonstrated that penfluridol induced apoptosis and reduced the survival of several metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cell lines and suppressed tumor growth in various models.

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Dr. Magdalena Karbowniczek, Associate Professor in the Department of Immunotheapeutics and Biotechnology in Abilene, and her team’s recent publication, “Exosomes mediate the acquisition of the disease phenotypes by cells with normal genome in tuberous sclerosis complex." Dr. Karbowniczek’s laboratory studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind a rare disease tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which is caused by the inactivating mutations in tumor suppressor genes TSC1 and TSC2. The manuscript is scheduled for publication this year in the cancer journal Oncogene. (Impact Factor 8.459)... READ ARTICLE

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Content updated on 6/7/16