The Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research provides classroom and clinical instruction for pharmacy students and trains graduate students in clinical translational research.

Department Events

Friday, February 5 – 12:00-1:00 pm

Department Seminar Series: Christelle Lteif

Please join us for our weekly seminar series with PTR graduate student Christelle Lteif: “Potential Therapeutic Targets for Pulmonary Hypertension in Left Heart Failure”

Christelle Lteif

Friday, February 19 – 12:00-1:00 pm

Department Seminar Series: Aiming Yu, Ph.D.

Please join us for our weekly seminar series with guest speaker Dr. Aiming Yu from UC Davis Health School of Medicine

Aiming Yu

Friday, March 5 – 12:00-1:00 pm

Department Seminar Series: Jasmine Luzum, Pharm.D,. Ph.D.

Please join us for our weekly seminar series with guest speaker Dr. Jasmine Luzum from the University of Michigan

Jasmine Luzum

Department news

Graduate student Eunjeong Shin awarded ACCP…

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The $5,000 award will support Shin’s research efforts around systematically optimizing synergistic β-lactam antibiotic combinations to combat…

Elena Shin

Dr. Cameron D. Thomas presents research at ACCP…

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Cameron D. Thomas, Pharm.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research, was one of three postdocs…

Dr. Cameron Thomas headshot

Drs. Yang and Alam win PGRN Poster Awards

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Yang and Alam were two of nine trainees to win Pharmacogenomics Research Network poster awards.

Guang and Alam

College of Pharmacy Recent news

Kratom: What science is discovering about the risks and benefits of a controversial herb

Dr. Chris McCurdy explains how science is attempting to answer safety questions around kratom in this Conversation story.

Dr. Weihsuan “Jenny” Lo-Ciganic to serve second term on Pharmacy Quality Alliance Quality Metrics Expert Panel

The Quality Metrics Expert Panel is a small group of experts who meet monthly to recommend measures for testing and for endorsement by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance.

Dr. Chris McCurdy’s kratom alkaloid study featured on the cover of ACS Pharmacology and Translational Science

McCurdy began researching kratom in 2005 and the study represents the first time his team’s kratom research has appeared on a journal cover.

ASHP Midyear: Gainesville SSHP student chapter wins Outstanding Professional Development Project Award

Christina Chang, William Chmely and Christopher Gale received the award at the 2020 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Dec. 6-10.

Areas of Research

Pharmacogenomics & Precision Medicine

Facilitating precision medicine by improving patient outcomes through optimization of efficacy and limiting toxicity of drug therapy, with a focus on genetically-guided drug therapy decision making, drug discovery and drug development

Infectious Diseases

Therapeutic drug monitoring and clinical trials for patients with advanced mycobacterial diseases and combating bacterial ‘superbugs’ via latest experimental and computational approaches

Drug Response

Drug response, drug-drug interactions, drug transporters and drug metabolism enzymes


Focused research on leukemia, solid tumors and hematology

Health Disparities

Predictors of health disparities and implementation of intervention programs in minority and underserved communities

Department Fast Facts – 2019-2020

$10.1 million in research awards

115 Publications in 2019-2020

16 Faculty in Ph.D. program

18 Graduate Students

10 Postdoctoral Fellow and Associates

8 Clinical Residents

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