Focusing on drug metabolism, transport, distribution and absorption to deliver the right medicine to the right patient at the right time

The Department of Pharmaceutics conducts research and teaching in precision medicine that is targeted towards improving patient therapy by maximizing drug efficacy while minimizing drug toxicity. This goal is achieved by understanding the processes, including drug delivery, that determine the exposure and pharmacological response to drugs. Our areas of focus include genetic, environmental, physiological and disease processes that can alter metabolism, transport, distribution and absorption of drugs. The highly collegial Department faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows and staff pursue these multidisciplinary and translational goals through collaboration within the school, University of Washington campus and national and international institutions. Our research and training programs involve biochemical and pharmacological laboratory techniques that span from molecular, cell- and organ-based studies to studies in humans and animals. Then, mathematical modeling and simulation techniques are applied to the data to individualize the right dose and drug delivery system for the patient.

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UW’s new WE-REACH center to accelerate development of the ‘most exciting’ biomedical discoveries


With well over a billion dollars in research funding annually, the University of Washington is an engine of discovery and generates more than $15 billion in the state’s economy. Now, with a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UW has created a new integrated center to match biomedical discoveries with the resources needed to b... Read more...

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