Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
Working in a lab at the University of Georgia’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences offers undergraduates a rigorous interdisciplinary training environment including research opportunities in the areas of Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Toxicology, and Biochemistry, with a focus on translational drug discovery.
PBS faculty are actively involved in interdisciplinary biomedical science initiatives that span the University of Georgia research community, including the Center for Drug Discovery, the UGA Cancer Center, and the Neurosciences program.
Below is a list of faculty members and their labs and research focuses:
- The goal of the Cai lab is to interrogate the molecular mechanisms in facilitation of tumor progression and provide the scientific rationale for using small molecule inhibitors for cancer treatment.
- Dr. Elder’s current research projects focus on the preparation of extemporaneously prepared sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical products, beyond-use-dating (expiration) of compounded non-sterile pharmaceuticals, drug formulation for individualized patient care, and the use of technology in teaching and assessing pharmacy skills.
- Health benefits of nutraceuticals and functional foods; these terms can be broadly defined as natural food products that are ingested or incorporated into the diet to help slow the progression of certain disease states
- Application of atomic structures to biological and pharmaceutical problems
- Understanding the process of bacterial transcriptional activation at a structural level
- Development of new means to produce antibodies for use as new therapeutics and crystallization vehicles
- Origin of the innate immunity suppression caused by nairovirus’ protease activity
- Molecular probes for a vOTU from CCHFV using a fluorogenic peptide
- Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and Porcine Delta Coronavirus (PDCoV) Protease Function and Modification to Improve Swine Innate Immunity
- Role of the viral ovarian domain protease in PRRSV pathogenesis
- Nanotechnology – absorption of low solubility / permeability drugs
- Immediate and controlled-release dosage forms
- Topical and Transdermal Dosage Forms
- In vitro in vivo correlation (IVIVC)
- Chemistry Manufacturing Controls (CMC), Technology transfer
- Regulatory Submissions
- Synaptic and molecular mechanisms related the pathogenesis of pain, specifically studying the roles of glial glutamate transporters and proinflammatory cytokines in the plasticity of sensory synapses in the spinal dorsal horn.
- Influence of gender on the disposition of drugs and drug carriers, and their subsequent therapeutic or toxic outcomes, and the physiological-based pharmacokinetic modeling for utilization in predicting toxicity and exposures.