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The University of Rhode Island Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


research1Research at the URI College of Pharmacy is among the highest quality in the nation. Our faculty—a group of world-renowned, respected experts in biomedical, clinical, and applied pharmaceutical sciences—exemplify highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cutting-edge research in these areas:

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.

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.

  • 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.

The Office of Research provides faculty support for the development of independent and collaborative research in addition to promoting and advancing the achievements of the College’s research on a local, national, and global level.

The College of Pharmacy offers highly-specialized 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.

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Pharmacy Research News


Unravel the Mysteries of the Brain

The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience is engaging scientists and students in solving some of the most pressing health care challenges we face today, thanks to the generosity of the largest private donation in URI history.  Thomas M. Ryan, a 1975 College of Pharmacy graduate and former chairman, president and CEO of CVS […]

The Society of Toxicology awards Laura Armstrong the prestigious  Colgate‐Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods

The Society of Toxicology awards Laura Armstrong the prestigious Colgate‐Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods

Laura Armstrong awarded Society of Toxicology Colgate‐Palmolive Award   Laura Armstrong has been selected to receive the prestigious Society of Toxicology Colgate‐Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods. The purpose of the Colgate‐Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods is to enhance graduate student research training using in vitro methods or alternative techniques to reduce, replace […]


Discover New Cures.

Discover New Cures. The world’s got a lot of illness and disease that needs curing, and at URI, leading scientists are breaking new ground toward the discoveries we’ve all been waiting for. Inside our Natural Products Lab, Pharmacognosy Professor David Rowley – one of the only a handful of marine microbial chemists in the world […]

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Discover the Healing Power of the Sea

In science, amazing discoveries can begin in familiar places—in the ocean, in the plants around us, just about anywhere in the natural world. And at URI, that’s exactly where a group of scientists and their students are looking for newer and more effective medicines to treat infection and a variety of human diseases.Pharmacognosy Professor David […]

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URI College of Pharmacy professor honored for research publication

Newport resident brings together health care students for team-based learning KINGSTON, R.I. – April 2, 2013 – Ask Celia MacDonnell what her reaction was when she found out she had been honored for the best pharmaceutical publication in 2012, and her answer may surprise you. “I had no idea what the award even was,” she […]


Pharmacy researcher finds most popular weight-loss drug strongly alters other drug therapies

Pharmacy researcher finds most popular weight-loss drug strongly alters other drug therapies KINGSTON, R.I.— December 10, 2012 – A University of Rhode Island researcher has discovered that the weight-loss drug orlistat, known by the brand names Xenical and Alli, inhibits a key enzyme that may lead to “severe toxicity of internal organs such as the […]


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 […]

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