Departments

The faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences have diverse expertise in pharmacology, toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, physiology, cellular and molecular biology, biotechnology, immunology, and microbiology. Primary areas of research include inflammation, targeted drug delivery, cancer biology, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and team based learning.

Mission
The Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Department is committed to supporting the school’s mission through innovative teaching, research, scholarship and service of pharmaceutical and biological sciences.

Vision
The Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Department promotes critical thinking and scholarly activity by applying innovative and active learning strategies which cultivate collaboration, curiosity and discovery in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences.


Faculty and Staff

Uyen Minh Le, PharmBS, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor- Pharmaceutics

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: uyen.le@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916-686-8552

 


Dr. Le is the chair and associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). Prior to joining CNUCOP, she was an associate professor at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP). She got her B.S. in Pharmacy and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, both from Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She obtained her Ph.D. from Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, major in pharmaceutical sciences and minor in statistics.

Dr. Le has taught different courses of physical pharmacy, pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmaceutical compounding. Under her coaching, SUCOP team won the champion title at the 2016 National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition.

She has served as the co-chair of the assessment committee in the AACP Laboratory Instructors Special Interest Group in 2017-2018. She was also the advisor to the AAPS student chapter and served as member of committees such as graduate, accreditation, admission, curriculum, co-curriculum, planning and assessment, promotion, and faculty development.

Dr. Le has published various peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as presented at different national/international conferences. Her laboratory research focuses on drug delivery, drug target, biomedical modeling and simulation, and data-mining in healthcare. Her pedagogical research interest includes assessment of learning and teaching.



 

Tibebe Woldemariam, PharmBS, PhD
Vice Chair and Associate Professor-Medicinal Chemistry

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: TWoldemariam@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-8098
Fax: 916 686-8142





Tibebe Woldemariam is Associate Professor at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and University of Bradford, England, respectively. Before joining CNUCOP, he worked as a Senior Research Chemist at Biotechnology Companies in Massachusetts and California, where he was responsible for the isolation and characterization of bioactive molecules from diverse microbial, plants and plants tissue culture extracts. He began his academic career at King’s College London, before he joined California Northstate University College of Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor in 2008. In addition to his regular duties as an associate professor, Dr. Woldemariam works as a community pharmacist to expand his knowledge beyond Medicinal Chemistry and help precept students when needed.

 

Eman Atef, PhD
Associate Professor-Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: EAtef@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-8076
Fax: 916 686-8142

 



Eman Atef is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmaceutics at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. She Joined MCPSH- University in 2006 as an Assistant Professor and acted as the Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program. She then got promoted to associate professor in 2011. Dr Atef joined California Northstate University College of Pharmacy in Nov 2013.

Dr Atef has an active research group. She supervised multiple Masters, PhD and undergraduate students. Her team focuses on improving the solubility of poorly soluble small molecules using solid and lipid dosage forms as well as targeted drug delivery. She is also involved in melanoma drug delivery design. Dr Atef still holds an adjunct position at MCPSH- University, and acts as the major graduate students’ advisor. She is currently collaborating with Texas Tech Medical School.

Dr Atef is an author of multiple peer reviewed papers and acts as an editor for International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology and Journal of Pharmacogenomics & Pharmacoproteomics. She teaches Pharmaceutics, Industrial Pharmacy, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmaceutical Technology, and Physical Pharmacy among other graduate and undergraduate courses.



Neelu Batra, PhD
Post Doc. Fellow
With Dr. Ruth Vinall

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Neelu.Batra@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916-686-73xx

  


Neelu Batra is a part time Post-Doctoral Researcher attached with Dr. Vinall in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). She received her Ph.D. from RWTH Aachen, Germany, Department of Biochemistry. After receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Neelu worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis. Dr. Neelu also has part time appointment at UC Davis Medical center. During her time at UC Davis Dr. Neelu is supervising multiple high school, undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr Neelu’s research focuses on prostate cancer and miRNA research.

 

Suzanne Clark, PhD
Associate Professor-Pharmacology

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Suzanne.Clark@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-7376
Fax: 916 686-8142

 

Rania Elkeeb, PharmBS, PhD
Assistant Professor-Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Rania.Elkeeb@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-7851
Fax: 916 686-8142




Rania Elkeeb is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at the California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy. She received her bachelor degree in Pharmacy from Petra University, Amman Jordan in 1997 and earned her Ph.D in Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, in May 2005.

Dr. Elkeeb teaches Biopharmaceutics and Dosage Form, Compounding and Pharmacokinetics. She has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Worcester, Massachusetts and at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at the California Northstate College of Pharmacy prior to joining as fulltime faculty.

She joined Dr. Howard Maibach ‘s Laboratory “Surge Lab” in the Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco in 2008 as a Junior Specialist Researcher; where she trained in dermal and ungula drug delivery, dermatopharmacokinetics and onychopharmacokinetics analysis. Dr. Elkeeb continues to collaborate with University of California, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology in her research in the field of transdermal and ungual drug delivery.

She has published peer-reviewed research articles in both transdermal and ungual drug delivery and is currently serving as an editor member of SciTz Dermatology and a reviewer for the Journal” Current Drug Delivery”.

 

Leo Fitzpatrick, PhD
Assistant Dean of Research
Associate Professor-Pharmacology and Immunology

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: LFitzpatrick@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-8364
Fax: 916 686-8142




Leo Fitzpatrick is the Assistant Dean of Research at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He began his scientific career, by doing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston). Subsequently, Dr. Fitzpatrick was involved in drug discovery and development at three pharmaceutical companies. At Otsuka Pharmaceutical Inc. (Maryland Research Institute), he contributed to the development of Tetomilast, which advanced into phase 3 clinical trials for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Subsequently, Dr. Fitzpatrick began a 10 year (2003-2013) faculty position at the Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, PA). While at Penn State, he continued ongoing research related to IBD, infectious colitis and arthritis. His research collaborations resulted in the funding of 15 academic-related grants/contracts with pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies. While at Penn State, Dr. Fitzpatrick collaborated with a German company (4SC AG). This collaboration contributed to the development of Vidofludimus (a novel immunosuppressive drug), which has entered phase 2 clinical trials for IBD in Europe. He has served on the editorial board of World Journal of Gastrointestinal PathoPhysiology, and Pharmacy & Pharmacology International Journal. Dr. Fitzpatrick has also served on the scientific advisory board for Baxter Health Care. His research interests are in IBD, Infectious Colitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. He has published 54 original research articles, as well as approximately 70 conference-related abstracts. Dr. Fitzpatrick has taught graduate and medical student classes in pharmacology, immunology and GI PBL at the Penn State College of Medicine, as well as classes in pathophysiology and immunology at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy.

 

 

Linh Ho, PharmBS, PhD
Assistant Professor-Pharmacology

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: Linh.Ho@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-7370
Fax: 916 686-8142





Linh Ho is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Medicine and Pharmacy HCMC, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Pharmacology) from University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Prior to joining California Northstate University, Dr. Ho continued her post-doctoral research at UCSF in regulation of mesenchymal stem cell fate, adipogenesis, and metabolism homeostasis of mitochondrial Sirtuin-3. She has been also working on molecular mechanism of mitochondrial disease (MELAS). Dr. Ho’s research focuses on mitochondrial Sirtuins and signalling pathway in metabolic abnormalities, especially type II diabetes. She is exploring Anti-diabetogenic Role of a Sirtuin-3-Adipokines (Adiponectin) Axis in Adipocytes.

 

Zhuqiu (James) Jin, PhD
Associate Professor-Pharmacology

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: Zhuqiu.Jin@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-7690
Fax: 916 686-8142





Zhuqiu Jin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He obtained his M.S. degree in Pharmacology from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University and a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology from Central South University. Dr. Jin was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco exploring the effects of sphingolipids in cardioprotection. Prior to joining California Northstate University, Dr. Jin taught Pharmacology for Pharm.D. students and Ph.D. graduate students and carried out cardiovascular research as a faculty member at South Dakota State University.

Dr. Jin’s research interest is focused on sphingolipid signaling pathway in cardiac fibrosis and remodeling. To uncover the cross-talk between immune cells and cardiac myocytes or fibroblasts in myocardial injury is the major field that Dr. Zhuqiu Jin is exploring.

 

Ruth Vinall, PhD
Associate Professor-Biomedical Sciences

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: RVinall@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-8532
Fax: 916 686-8142





Ruth Vinall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). She received her Ph.D. from Cardiff University, U.K., Department of Anatomy. After receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Vinall worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis Medical Center. In 2009 Dr. Vinall completed a NIH K30 program-funded M.A.S. degree in Clinical Research at UC Davis and was subsequently appointed as a research faculty in the Department of Urology. During her time at UC Davis Dr. Vinall supervised multiple undergraduate, graduate and medical students, and in 2009 and 2010 was awarded Outstanding Mentor awards for her work with the UC Davis CURE program.

Dr Vinall's research focuses on prostate and bladder cancer research. She recently received an NIH R15 grant entitled ‘Role of the AR-Nrdp-1-ErbB3 axis in mediating prostate cancer health disparities’. In addition to prostate cancer health disparities research, she is interested in determining mechanisms of chemoresistance and identifying biomarkers that can predict patient's response to chemotherapy, a primary focus is miRNA research.

Hongbin Wang PharmBS, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor-Pharmacology

CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Email: hongbin.wang@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-8034
Fax:916-686-8142




Dr. Hongbin Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. Before joining CNUCOP, he worked as a Senior Research Investigator in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He received his B. Med. (Pharmacy) and M. Med. (Pharmacology) from Second Military Medical University (Shanghai, China), and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Pennsylvania. 

His primary research interests include studying: 1), interaction of complement activation fragment C4a with protease-activated receptor (PAR) 1/4 G-protein coupled receptors and their roles and signaling pathways in the initiation and progress of sepsis, diabetes mellitus, and autoimmune diseases. 2), the function and regulation of protein kinase C isozymes (PKCs), the receptors for the phorbol ester tumor promoters and the second messenger diacylglycerol (DAG), an important intracellular mediator of proliferation and malignant transformation. 3), the "chimaerins", novel phorbol ester/DAG receptors with Rac-GAP activity toward Rac that is a small GTP-binding protein that regulates actin cytoskeleton organization, cell cycle progression, gene expression, cell adhesion and migration.

Lakshmi Shankar Chaturvedi, PhD
Assistant Professor-Clinical Research and Genetics

Dr. Lakshmi Shankar Chaturvedi (Shankar) is the Associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences-College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) and in the Department of Basic Sciences-College of Medicine (CNUCOM) at California Northstate University (CNSU). He is also research consultant at San Joaquin General Hospital (SJGH), French Camp, CA. Prior to joining CNSU/SJGH, he was an associate professor in the Departments of Surgery, Pathology and Biomedical Sciences at University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UND-SMHS), Grand Forks, ND. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Biology from University of Allahabad, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Biotechnology from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in Punjab, India. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), UP, India in Medical Genetics. His PhD thesis work is entitled “Carrier analysis, prenatal diagnosis and point mutation studies in Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy (D/BMD)” families. During his PhD research work, he identified of a new rare point mutation in the human dystrophin gene that has been included in the rare mutation/ polymorphism category in Duchenne/Becker Muscular Dystrophy database/Leiden muscular Web page (www.dmd.nl). 

Dr. Chaturvedi has an active research group. He supervised medical students, graduate, research associates and junior faculties at Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND on multiple research projects related cell-proliferation, apoptosis, migration, differentiation and cell signaling in the area of breast, colon, intestine, lung, kidney, prostate, and microglial cell-culture system. He has vast experience in handling various pharmacological inhibitor/activators and short interfering RNA (siRNAs) and nanoparticles and their application in biomedical research. Dr. Chaturvedi has taught different courses of medical genetics like clinical genetics, biochemical genetics, molecular genetics, genetic counseling, mutational analysis, and cell signaling. He was co-chair of the hiring committee for Junior Faculties, research associate and post-doctoral fellow in the department of Surgery at UND-SMHS. He has served as a chair for poster session for graduate/post-graduate, medical student and research associates at UND-SMHS. He has also served as a Judge for poster sessions for annual meetings of North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair (NDSSEF), Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine and Wayne State University-School of Medicine on Research day presentations.

Dr. Chaturvedi is co-author of more than 30 original research articles, 2 review articles and one book chapter. His research accomplishments has been published in various national and international peer-reviewed scientific journals having high impact factors like Indian J Med Res, Human Genetics, Journal of Clinical Genetics, Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Journal of Physiology-cell physiology, American Journal of Physiology-renal physiology, BBA Molecular Cell Research Biochim Biophys Acta , Am J Surgery, Journal of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, and Oncotarget. He has presented his scientific innovations at different national/international meetings/conferences. He is the life member of Indian Society of Human Genetics and member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and American Lung Association (ALA). He has served as reviewer of Nature (Scientific Reports), American Society of Gastroenterology-cell physiology, American Society of Gastroenterology-renal physiology, Biomedical Research International Journal and Journal of Anesthesia & Critical Care-Open access (JACCOA) Medcrave. Dr. Chaturvedi is the Senior Editor for the JACCOA Med Crave. Dr. Chaturvedi has also received several national merit scholarship and fellowship from Dept. of biotechnology, India. His research was funded with an intramural grant from Wayne State University, School of Medicine.

His laboratory research focuses on cancer and cell signaling, mitosis, apoptosis, wound healing, differentiation, nanoparticles and drug targets in biomedical research and healthcare. His research interest includes assessment of learning and teaching.

 

Ahmed El-Shamy, PhD
Assistant Professor-Virology


The goal of my research is focusing on the interaction between viruses and host cells at the molecular and cellular level with special focus on investigating the molecular biology underlying the metabolic and oncogenic activities of viral hepatitis (HBV and HCV). Throughout my Ph.D. studies for 4 years and my first post-doctoral training for two years in Kobe University, Japan, I have conducted several epidemiological studies investigating the correlation between HCV genome heterogeneity and development of hepatocellular carcinoma and the response to interferon-based therapy. This work exposed me to multiple aspects of HCV research and granted me numerous intellectual and research skills. These skills have enabled me to report novel findings in several high impact peer viewed journals including two first author papers published in Hepatology which is the top journal in hepatology field. These achievements expanded my interest in viral hepatitis research and lead me to join Mount Sinai School of Medicine at New York city as a lead post- doctoral fellow responsible for establishing a relevant experimental system to study HCV-induced disease. Over the last 6 years, my molecular virology background, bench-work skills and data interpretation have been massively enriched and led to a recent success of developing a novel and simple cell-based system sensitive to sequence-specific oncogenic potential of HCV. This system provides for the first time direct evidence of differential oncogenic potential of HCV variants. This work has been recently published in Journal of Hepatology. Given, the comprehensive training in the field of Virology over 12 years in Japan and USA, I built the experience and the mentality supporting me to establish a molecular virology laboratory investigating viral-host interactions. Also, my experience and training prepared me to establish an academic virology program for under-graduate and graduate students.

 

Simeon Kotchoni, PhD
Associate Professor
-Plant Physiology

Ashim Malhotra, PhD
Associate Professor
-Pharmacology

 

Islam Mohamed, PharmBS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor-Biomedical Sciences

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: islam.mohamed@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916 686-8537
Fax: 916 686-8142





Dr. Islam Mohamed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). Dr. Mohamed received his Bachelor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the College of Pharmacy, Ain-Shams University, Egypt, in 2005. After which, he joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Misr International University in Egypt as a teaching assistant, where he taught multiple classes for Pharmacy students including pharmactherapy and advanced therapeutics, clinical pharmacology, drug information and drug interaction courses. In fall 2008, he was awarded a full Fulbright Scholarship for his MS in Neuroscience from State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). In summer 2014, Dr. Mohamed earned his PhD in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics from the College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia. His pre-doctoral research was focused on the interaction between obesity and insulin resistance in retinal microvascular degeneration. 2014-2017, Dr. Mohamed joined the Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, GA, where he finished his post-doctoral training and also practiced his Pharmacy Intern Training at Emory University Hospital Midtown, towards earning his registered Pharmacy license (RPh). His Post-doctoral research focused on the role of vascular micro-RNAs in the development of atherosclerosis using a novel surgical model for acute induction of low magnitude turbulent shear stress. Dr. Mohamed was awarded the prestigious American Heart Association Fellowship twice; at both the Pre- and Post-doctoral levels. In addition, his research efforts resulted in a total of 9 original research articles and more than 20 abstract and oral presentations in international research conferences. His current research interests involve the micro- and macrovascular complications of obesity, diabetes and the role of vascular micro-RNAs in shear-stress induced atherosclerosis.

Catherine Hicks, MA ED
Administrative Assistant for Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Catherine.Hicks@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7840


 



Ms. Hicks has been active in the field of education for over twenty years, focusing on early childhood education, staff development, community outreach, parent education, professional development and program administration. Ms. Hicks holds California Department of Education Early Childhood Education Program Director Permit. She has a MA degree in in Educational Administration and a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. She currently serves as the administrative assistant for the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science Department.

 

George Talbott, MS
Research Associate

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: GTalbott@cnsu.edu
Office Phone: 916-686-7413


 



George Talbott is a Research Associate in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He received his B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis, and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Denver University. Prior to joining California Northstate University, he held various research assistant positions in academic research labs. His thesis work focused on elucidating the function of the RyR1 receptor in cerebellar Purkinje neurons, and he has since worked in academic labs studying genetics, cell signalling, and cancer.

 

 

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