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

Suzanne Clark, BS Pharm, PhD
Vice Chair: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

 


Suzanne Clark, RPh, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy and Vice-Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences. She received her B.S. from the University of Iowa, her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Wyoming, and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Duke University. Her graduate research focused on in vitro models of epilepsy, anticonvulsant drug development, and glutamatergic/GABAergic processes. Her post-doctoral research at the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center/Duke University Medical Center focused on epilepsy and military occupational exposures to neurotoxins and their underlying neurotoxic mechanisms. After completing additional postdoctoral work on AMPA receptors and epilepsy at Colorado State University, she moved to the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, where she taught Pathophysiology to PharmD and Nursing students for nine years. She moved to the CNU College of Pharmacy in 2014, where she teaches pharmacology and pathophysiology of the nervous system. She also worked as a hospital and community pharmacist in Colorado and as a specialist at the Duke Poison Control Center. Her interests include neuropharmacology, occupational and environmental public health, pharmacy education, and team-based learning. She was a founding member of the new Pharmacy Special Primary Interest Group in the American Public Health Association. She has included PharmD and Nursing students in many aspects her teaching, research, and service, and has facilitated opportunities for students to receive institutional, regional and national awards, as well as helping them pursue post-graduate education, academic positions, and public health opportunities.

 

Eman Atef, PhD
Associate Professor of 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.

 

Rania Elkeeb, PharmBS, PhD
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Assistant Professor of 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 of Pharmacology

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.

 

Sidhartha Hazari, PhD
Post Doc. Fellow 
With Dr. Ruth Vinall

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email: Sidhartha.Hazari@cnsu.edu
Phone: 916-686-73xx

Sidhartha Hazari is an Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). He received his PhD from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Pathology, New Delhi, India. After receiving his doctoral degree, Dr Hazari worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Tulane University School of Medicine, USA where he extensively studied the interferon mechanism and resistance on hepatis C virus (HCV) related liver cancer. He got the Infetious Disease Beginning Scientist award in 2010. Then he moved to University of Kansas Medical center and worked as Senior Scientist at the liver center. In 2012, he came to University of California Medical center and joined as a Project Scientist (Research Faculty series) in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.

His current research focus is to study drug targeting and Nanotherapeutics to target different cancer types and infectious disease using different model systems. Along with other researchers in the department he developed the extracellular vesicle (exosome) research using advanced cellular and biochemical techniques. He is also actively involved in mentoring undergraduate, graduate, masters and medical students, residents and visiting scholars.

 

Linh Ho, PhD
Assistant Professor of 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 of 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 of Pharmaceutical & 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.

 

Tibebe Woldemariam, PharmBS, PhD
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.



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 (Full-time)

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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