College of Pharmacy

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Research at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is among the highest quality in the nation. Our faculty includes a group of world-renowned, respected experts in biomedical, clinical, and applied pharmaceutical sciences, exemplifying highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cutting-edge research in the following three areas:

  1. Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, on diverse topics such as drug discovery and development through assay, synthesis, modeling, natural product  isolation and related mechanisms. Specializations include molecular toxicology, novel drug delivery, epigenetics, and clinical pharmacology. Target areas include cancer, chemoprevention, HIV, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, infectious and orphan diseases.
  2. Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, on medication adherence and quality improvement measurement, pharmacovigilance and post-marketing surveillance studies, emerging epidemiologic methods, health system innovation and pharmacy practice-related evaluations, decision and cost-effectiveness analyses, comparative effectiveness and drug utilization research.
  3. Pharmacy Practice, on diverse areas including the scholarship of teaching, innovative interdisciplinary practice models, collaborative care and medication therapy management, innovations in pharmacist-directed chronic disease management, and bench-to-bedside antimicrobial research.

The College of Pharmacy offers highly-specialized, cutting-edge graduate M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. We are passionate about research and mentoring and committed to training the next generation of scientists, practitioners, and academics in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice.

The majority of pharmacy research is conducted in our $75 million state-of-the-art building, with 24,300 square feet of biological and chemical laboratories, 4,000 square feet of Instrument Facility, a 1,000 sqft molecular characterization facility and a 7,000 square feet of cGMP-capable areas as well as spacious teaching, computing and conference facilities.

The Office of Research and Graduate Education provides faculty support for the development of independent and collaborative as well as promoting and advancing the achievements of the college’s research on a local, national and global level.



First VA Pharmacist Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship

Studies have shown that up to 50% of antibiotic use in hospitals is unnecessary or inappropriate.  This improper use of antibiotics poses a critical threat to our ability to effectively treat infections.  Unfortunately, antibiotic misuse—i.e. when antibiotics are given when they are not needed, are continued when they are no longer necessary, or are given […]


Discovering the Configuration of Cancer

Dr Bongsup Cho offers an insight into his current research into environmentally-induced cancer, which will expose how aromatic amines mutate DNA and interfere with its repair mechanisms. Could you briefly describe your current research project? Formation of aromatic amine-DNA adducts is believed to initiate cancer. We are concerned with elucidating the mechanisms by which amine-DNA […]


Discovering the configuration of cancer (PDF)

URI’s 3D animation work featured in the January 2012 issue of International Innovation magazine.


URI pharmacy professor discovers new gene that regulates body weight

Metabolism management could be key KINGSTON, R.I. – January 4, 2012 – Abraham Kovoor was studying a brain protein, called RGS9-2, that he had previously related to the involuntary, random and repetitive body movements that are side effects of drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. While studying these side effects, which are called […]

Diabetes patients on Lipitor needed for URI study

Diabetes patients on Lipitor needed for URI study

Plus you can earn an easy $40. KINGSTON, R.I. – September 10, 2010 – If you have diabetes and are taking Lipitor™ you might want to join a University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy study that could help you and others with the disease. Fatemeh Akhlaghi, URI associate professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, […]

URI College of Pharmacy Ranked 18th in National Institutes of Health funding

URI College of Pharmacy Ranked 18th in National Institutes of Health funding

Ranked 18th in National Institutes of Health funding KINGSTON, R.I. – August 30, 2010 – The University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy ranked 18th in the country for the amount of National Institutes of Health research funding it attracted in 2009, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. URI’s $6.3 million in […]


URI biomedical scientist concerned about effects of oil spill on human health

KINGSTON, R.I. – June 21, 2010—University of Rhode Island Pharmacy Professor Bongsup Cho knows there are cancer-causing chemicals in diesel fumes and cigarette smoke. The biomedical scientist also knows that some of the same chemicals are found in the gooey tar balls that are being produced as a result of the oil spill in the […]


Study: Anything but real maple syrup is for saps

For maple syrup producers and lovers, this could be the best of times and the worst of times. March is typically the peak time for tapping sugar maple trees for the sap that gets distilled into the sweet, amber elixir aficionados consider far superior to the cheap, fake stuff made from high fructose corn syrup. […]

URI pharmacy researcher finds beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup

URI pharmacy researcher finds beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 22, 2010 – Before you dig in to your next stack of French toast or waffles, you might want to pour on pure maple syrup. That’s because University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram, who specializes in medicinal plant research, has found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup from Canada […]

URI pharmacy researcher seeks participants

URI pharmacy researcher seeks participants

Lipitor metabolism study in patients with diabetes KINGSTON, R.I. – December 1, 2009 – A researcher in the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy is seeking subjects for a study focusing on the metabolism and side effects of Lipitor™ on patients with diabetes. Fatemeh Akhlaghi, URI associate professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, has […]

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