Vibhudutta Awasthi, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Phone (405) 271-6593 x47331

Fax (405) -271-7505

Office CPB 309



My research interests are in the development of radiopharmaceuticals, small animal imaging and use of radiological imaging techniques to answer physiological questions. My current research focuses on the development of liposome encapsulated hemoglobin as an artificial oxygen carrier and he is studying cerebral oxygen metabolism using positron emission tomography. I am a board certified nuclear pharmacist with expertise in areas related to drug delivery, formulation development, nuclear pharmacy and small animal nuclear imaging.

Publications & Presentations

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    11. Awwad H O, Hedrick A, Mdzinarishvili A, Houson H, Standifer K, Awasthi V. Modeling traumatic brain injury combined with hemorrhagic shock in rats: Neurological assessment and PET imaging with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucaric acid. . BioRxiv . 2021

    12. Lagisetty P, Eeda V, Yadav V R, Nimmo S L, Subramaniam D, Powell D R, Awasthi V. Tumor suppressive activities of solvatochromic 3,3'-azadimethylene dinaphthospiropyran in colon cancer model. Chemical biology & drug design. 2021; 97 : 325-340

    13. Sundriyal S, Eeda V, Lagisetty P, Awasthi V. Tubulin inhibitory activity of a novel colchicine-binding compounds based on a dinaphthospiropyranran scaffold. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry. 2021; 29 : 115874

    14. Awasthi V, Vilekar P, Rao G, Awasthi S. Anti-inflammatory mediators ST2 and SIGIRR are induced by diphenyldifluoroketone EF24 in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated dendritic cells. Immunobiology. 2020; 225 : 151886

    15. Awasthi S, Rahman N, Rui B, Kumar G, Awasthi V, Breshears M, Kosanke S. Lung and general health effects of Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4)-interacting SPA4 peptide. BMC pulmonary medicine. 2020; 20 : 179

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    6. Pharmacotherapy of Traumatic Brain Injury Accompanied by Hemorrhagic Shock. NIH. Start Date: 2017. End Date: 2022.

    7. Development of Bioactive Peptides for the Inhibition of Neuroinflammation and Neurotoxicity Induced by Amyloid-beta. Non-federal. Start Date: 2020. End Date: 2021.

    8. Immunokinetics of superhydrophilic polymer-modified liposome encapsulated hemoglobin. Non-federal. Start Date: 2017. End Date: 2020.

    9. PET Imaging Agent For Myocardial Infarction. NIH. Start Date: 2019. End Date: 2019.

    10. Development of Tumor Proliferation PET Tracer FLT using a Low Cost Single Dose Automatic Production and Quality Control Biomarker Generator System. NIH. Start Date: 2016. End Date: 2017.

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Awards and Honors

                                                                                            1. USPTO. Patent application issued. Date: 2015.  

                                                                                            2. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Article selected as a featured research paper. Date: 2015.  

                                                                                            3. Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation. Presidential Professor . Date: 2013.  

                                                                                            4. Sandra K and David L Gilliland Chair in Nuclear Pharmacy . Date: 2012.  


                                                                                            1.  Degree: Ph D. Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences . Date: 1994.  

                                                                                            2.  Degree: M. Pharm.. Dr. Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (Formerly, University of Sagar). Date: 1990.  

                                                                                            3.  Degree: B. Pharm. Dr. Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (Formerly, University of Sagar). Date: 1988.  

Administrative Assignments


    1. Role: Associate Dean. Scope: College. Description: Lead research enterprise of the College of Pharmacy. Represent the College at the HSC level. Mentor researchers. Date: 2020.


    2. Role: Director. Scope: University. Description: Direction and conduct of nuclear imaging services for biomedical investigators; Production of PET radiotracers for preclinical imaging and preparation for regulatory compliance for clinical applications; Consultations with researchers about imaging and tracer applications. Date: 2007.

External Connections and Partnerships

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