Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Our Vision:

We will be a leader in education, research and scholarship, and service. What we embody as an organization will attract committed students, faculty and external constituents who desire to grow and contribute to our collective successes. Our students and faculty will be engaged in education, research and scholarship, and service to further promote health through the advancement of:

  • Basic and translational science
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Novel diagnostic and treatment strategies

Our contributions to biomedical science will be evident by increasing numbers and impact of publications, presentations, extramural support, intellectual property and professional service. We will strive to impact and advance knowledge, the profession and health throughout our state, region, and nation.



Our Recent Accomplishments:

  • Since 2009, 11 new faculty joined the department, for a total of 23.
  • Faculty provide skills and expertise in pharmaceutical and radiochemistry, pharmaceutics and drug delivery, pharmacology and neuroscience, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, immunology and immunotoxicology, microbiology, pre-clinical drug development, nuclear imaging, drug transport and metabolism, clinical pharmacology and quantitative systems pharmacology.
  • Faculty collaborate to develop improved diagnostics for brain and myocardial infarction, kidney disease and cancer/cancer progression; and novel treatments for cancer; hemorrhagic shock; infection, inflammation and would healing; pain, PTSD, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Three endowed Professors, Vibhudutta Awasthi (Sandra K. & David L. Gilliland Chair in Nuclear Pharmacy), Jessie L-S Au (Mosier Endowed Chair) and Kelly Standifer (Robert T. Anderson Chair in Neuroscience) lead our efforts in the development of: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Single Photon Emission Tomography (SPECT) imaging agents for research and clinical use, Quantitative Systems Pharmacology training and a new graduate track, and a collaborative drug discovery and development portal to enhance the translational impact of research campus-wide, respectively.
  • There are currently 17 graduate students in the program. Four students successfully defended their dissertations during the 2016-17 academic year. Graduate students enter the department through the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences or as direct admissions into our Graduate Program. Once in the program, students may opt to pursue a graduate track in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Nuclear Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry or Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP).
  • Postdoctoral fellows are an important part of the department’s success as well. There are currently 8 fellows mentored in the department.


Contact Us:

Point of Contact:

   Sonia Clark, Senior Administrative Assistant

   E-mail: sonia-clark@ouhsc.edu

   (405) 271-6593, ext. 47272

Mailing Address:

   The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy

   Attn: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

   P.O. Box 26901

   Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901

Building Location:

   The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy

   1110 North Stonewall Ave., Room 323

   Oklahoma City, OK 73117