2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Omathanu Perumal, Department Head
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Avera Health and Science Center 275



Wenfeng An, Xiangming Guan, Omathanu Perumal, Shafiqur Rahman, Hemachand Tummala

Associate Professors

Gudiseva Chandrasekher, Hesham Fahmy, Jayarama Gunaje, Teresa Seefeldt, Komal Raina

Assistant Professor

Joshua Reineke


Gary S. Chappell, Chandradhar Dwivedi, Bernard Hietbrink, Joel E. Houglum, Danny Lattin, Yadhu Singh, Gary Van Riper


The Department focuses on a student-centered curriculum that provides a strong foundation in pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, the department has a strong undergraduate and graduate research program. These prepare graduates for academic, industry, and research careers in the US and other countries.

The highly talented and dedicated faculty members provide quality education and research training in the pharmaceutical sciences. The department has an active research program in cancer, cardiovascular, neuropharmacology, immunology, and eye diseases. The multidisciplinary research expertise includes medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, and pharmaceutics.

Department Objectives

  • Evolve the Pharm.D. curriculum to meet the changing needs of patients and the profession.
  • Build on excellence in the Ph.D. program to meet the needs of the discipline.
  • Expand postgraduate educational opportunities.
  • Recruit, develop, and retain high quality faculty and staff.
  • Increase pharmaceutical sciences-based innovative and translational research and scholarship.



Graduate Programs*

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.)*

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The department is housed in the Avera Health and Science Center. The department is fully equipped with state of the art-equipment for conducting pharmaceutical and biomedical research. The faculty have individual research laboratories in the Avera Health and Science Center. The department also has a shared cell culture and research instrumentation facility. The department has collaborative partnerships with Sanford Research and Avera Research. The department provides services to companies through facility-user agreements and continues to seek strategic partnerships with other Universities, research institutions, and the pharmaceutical industry.

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