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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Ed Kelly Receives the 2021 MLK Community Service Award

Ed Kelly

UWSOP Pharmaceutics Associate Professor Ed Kelly has been presented with the 2021 MLK Community Service Award, an annual honor celebrating individuals or groups who exemplify Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles. A champion of diversity, equity and inclusion in sciences for his entire career, Ed has served as a mentor for entering UW freshman in ... Read more...

WE-REACH Executive Director Dr. Rodney JY Ho to be named NAI Fellow

Dr. Rodney JY Ho

The Washington Entrepreneurial Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (WE-REACH) is honored to announce that WE-REACH Executive Director and UWSOP Professor of Pharmaceutics Rodney JY Ho has been elected to the rank of NAI Fellow by the 2020 National Academy of Inventors Fellows Selection Committee and Board of Directors.

“Dr. Ho has de... Read more...


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