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Dean Walter Fitzgerald with black tie and jacket and black framed glasses

Walter L. Fitzgerald, Jr. BPharm, MS, JD

Dean, Professor

Office: LH 117

(208) 282-2175

fitzwalt@isu.edu

Jen Adams, PharmD, EdD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Clinical Associate Professor
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Pharmacy Law

Office: M757

(208) 373-1868

adamjen1@isu.edu

Jennifer Adams, PharmD, EdD, a graduate of Boise State University, Idaho State University, and The George Washington University is currently employed as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs  at the Idaho State University, providing oversight for the PharmD curriculum, experiential education, interprofessional education, and assessment.

Her previous experience includes working in hospital and community pharmacy settings and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with student pharmacists, helping them to develop as professionals and leaders in the pharmacy profession. Dr. Adams's experience at APhA includes developing and managing several national patient care programs, as well as the National Patient Counseling Competition. Dr. Adams also served for nearly 10 years as the Senior Student Affairs Advisor at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, providing leadership and oversight for association national student affairs activities including PharmCAS, PCAT, the Pharmacy Career Information Council, and student recruitment.

She has received national awards in recognition of her leadership skills and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, Phi Lambda Sigma - the pharmacy leadership society, the Idaho Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the Idaho State Pharmacists Association.

Brook Buffat

Brooke Buffat, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Director of Continuing Education, Clinical Associate Professor
Ambulatory Care, Chronic Disease Management

Office: LH 112

(208) 282-3196

bbuffat@isu.edu

Brooke Buffat PharmD, BCPS is currently employed as Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, providing oversight of admissions, recruitment, and student support on all campuses.  

Dr. Buffat is a also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and the Director of Continuing Education for the College. She earned her PharmD degree from Idaho State University in 2004 and completed an ambulatory care residency at the Southeast Idaho VA Outpatient Clinic in Pocatello in 2005, followed by a primary care pharmacotherapy residency at Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine in 2006. She joined the Idaho State University Faculty in 2006.

Her professional, instructional, and research interests lie in the areas of ambulatory care pharmacy practice, problem-based learning, pharmacoepidemiology, quality, outpatient cardiology, and women's health. Her clinical practice site is the Pocatello Health West Community Clinic where she provides pharmacotherapy services. Dr. Buffat is a past recipient of Teva Pharmaceutical's Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Pharmacy Award and the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy 2012 Graduating Class Instructor of the Year Award. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

 

Tom Wadsworth PharmD, BCPS

Tom Wadsworth, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Dean for Alaska Programs, Clinical Associate Professor
Internal Medicine, Obesity, Diabetes, Community Pharmacy Practice

Office: PSB 113D

(907) 786-6211

wadsthom@isu.edu

Dr. Wadsworth is the Assistant Dean for Alaska programs at Idaho State University and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. Dr. Wadsworth earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ISU in 2002 and completed an ASHP accredited Primary Care Pharmacy Specialty Residency at the Boise VA Medical Center in 2007

Prior to his residency, Dr. Wadsworth served 4 years as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks Alaska. He is a registered pharmacist in Idaho and Alaska and has significant experience in community and home infusion pharmacy. Along with his faculty appointment, Dr. Wadsworth is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapist and served as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist at St. Luke's Internal Medicine in Boise, Idaho for 9 years were he delivered pharmacist health services like MTM and collaborative disease management. Dr. Wadsworth has a variety of research interests including obesity, diabetes, statin myopathy, and quality outcomes in medication management. Tom and his wife Heidi have 6 children and reside in Wasilla Alaska

Cathy Oliphant PharmD

Cathy Oliphant, PharmD

Interim Department Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, Professor
Infectious Disease, Opioid Abuse, Internal Medicine

Office: M 726

(208) 373-1839

olipcath@isu.edu

Dr. Oliphant is Vice Chair and Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy.  She earned her PharmD degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She completed a residency and infectious diseases/microbiology fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to joining the faculty at ISU College of Pharmacy in 2003, Dr. Oliphant taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Oliphant maintains a practice site at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise and Meridian.  She works with the St. Luke's Internal Medicine physicians and hospitalists in addition to the infectious disease physicians.  Dr. Oliphant precepts students on medicine, infectious diseases, and academic APPEs.  She teaches in all four years of the program.  Dr. Oliphant co-coordinates the Infectious Disease Module in the P3 year and the Residency Readiness course.  She also facilitates P2 and P3 case studies.  Dr. Oliphant is the Rho Chi and Generation RX advisor.  Her research interests include infectious diseases and prescription drug abuse issues.

Dr. Oliphant has been selected as Teacher of the Year and Most Influential Professor by 4th year Doctor of Pharmacy students.

Marvin Schulte, PhD

Department Chair of BPSCI, Professor
Fundamentals of Pharmacology, CNS and ANS Pharmacology, General Biochemistry, Advanced Protein Structure and Function, Membrane Biophysics

Office: LH 203

(208) 282-4455

schumarv@isu.edu

My research has focused on the structure and function of ligand gated ion channels for over 25 years. During that time, I have concentrated on both 5-HT3R and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors with the goal of understanding ligand interactions and the nature of ligand selectivity. I have published numerous papers in this area and have been involved in extensive and productive collaborations with synthetic Medicinal Chemists and Biologists interested in developing novel compounds aimed at LGIC receptors. As a result of this body of work, we have developed a wealth of experience in working with LGIC proteins including, serotonin and nicotinic receptors as well as a related homolog, the acetylcholine binding protein. I have extensive experience in protein production and characterization, protein engineering, electrophysiology and surface plasmon resonance. I have been involved in extensive collaborations with investigators across the U.S. and abroad including those at the University of Alaska, Drexel University, Virginia Commonwealth University. More recently, I have been developing collaborations with industrial partners, one in Philadelphia, PA and one in Berkeley, CA. These recent collaborations have been a direct result of our research into the development of sub-type specific positive allosteric modulators of the α4β2 nicotinic receptor.


Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences


Professors


Paul Cady PhD, RPh

Paul Cady, PhD, RPh

Professor

Office: LH272

(208) 221-0754

cadypaul@isu.edu

Dr. Paul Cady is a Professor at ISU's College of Pharmacy.  He earned his B.S. in Pharmacy in 1980 from the University of Arizona.  His work experience includes the Indian Health Service (IHS), community pharmacy, and long term care consulting.  After serving in the IHS for several years he returned to the University of Arizona and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration. 

After his graduate training, Dr. Cady accepted a position on the faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.  Two years later, he joined ISU. 

While at ISU, Dr. Cady has served as the Director of the Pharmacy Administration Graduate Program, Vice Chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, and as Associate Dean.  Along with colleagues at ISU, he was a recipient of the Rufus A. Lyman Award in 1989.  In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Cady has been active in pharmacy associations, serving as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Idaho Pharmacist Association for 8 years. 

Dean Walter Fitzgerald with black tie and jacket and black framed glasses

Walter L. Fitzgerald, Jr. BPharm, MS, JD

Dean, Professor

Office: LH 117

(208) 282-2175

fitzwalt@isu.edu

Rex Force

Rex Force, PharmD

Vice President for Health Sciences, Director for Pocatello Family Medicine Clinical Research Center, Professor

Office: STOP 8055

(208) 282-3836

forcrex@isu.edu

Dr. Force is Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine at Idaho State University and Director of the Family Medicine Clinical Research Center. He earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from Oregon State University and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Texas, after which he completed a research fellowship in infectious diseases at Ohio State University.

Dr. Force has been active in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, serving on several committees as well as chairing the Board Certification Affairs Committee and the Public and Professional Affairs Committee. He was elected Chair of the Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network of ACCP in 1999 and to the Board of Regents in 2001. His expertise in collaborative drug therapy and reimbursement for clinical pharmacy services was recognized by his appointment to the ACCP Task Force on Compensation in 1998. He serves on the editorial board of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and has acted as a referee for the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. Dr. Force was the founding column editor of STEPped Care: An Evidence-based Approach to Drug Therapy in the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice. Currently, he co-authors and edits the Prescriber?s Letter Journal Club a monthly publication designed to critically evaluate new information in the field of pharmacotherapy. He has authored over 60 professional and research publications, and speaks regularly at professional meetings. Dr. Force and his collaborators have received grants and contracts in excess of $3.5 million while at ISU. Presently, he is the Site Principal Investigator of a multi-center diabetes trial (ACCORD) funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. His research interests focus on primary care pharmacotherapy (hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, adult immunizations, etc.), drug utilization review, pharmacoepidemiology, and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Force has been on the faculty at Idaho State University since 1993.

Karl Madaras-Kelly PharmD, MPH

Karl Madaras-Kelly, PharmD, MPH

Professor
Infectious Disease, Epidemiology

Office: M 732

(208) 373-1842

madakarl@isu.edu

Dr. Madaras-Kelly is a Professor in the College of Pharmacy located in Meridian.

Dr. Madaras-Kelly received his BS in Pharmacy in 1991 and a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1992 from the University of Minnesota. He then went on to complete an Infectious Diseases/Pharmacokinetics Fellowship at the University of Minnesota and St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center. He received his Masters of Public Health in 2006 from ISU.

Dr. Madaras-Kelly has been in his current position located at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) since 1994 where he maintains active clinical infectious diseases and research programs, as well as mentors pharmacy residents and fourth year students on adult medicine and infectious diseases rotations. Dr. Madaras-Kelly has given many presentations, and authored numerous manuscripts on a variety of issues related to antibiotic resistance. He has received over a million dollars in grant support from the NIH, VHA, CDC, pharmacy professional societies, and the pharmaceutical industry. His primary research interests involve antibiotic stewardship, health systems research, epidemiology and clinical outcomes of infectious diseases treatments.

Dr. Madaras-Kelly has been a recipient of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Fellowship award in infectious diseases, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Young Investigator Award, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) Young Investigator Award. Dr. Madaras-Kelly was previously selected as Teacher of the Year and Most Influential Professor by four-year Doctor of Pharmacy students.

Dr. Madaras-Kelly is an active member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Health Care Epidemiology.

Barbara Mason, PharmD

Professor

Office: M 733

(208) 373-1843

masobarb@isu.edu

Dr. Barb Mason earned her Pharm D degree and geriatric certificate from the University of Nebraska and went on to complete a primary care residency at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Her first teaching position was with South Dakota State University where she developed the pharmacy geriatric curriculum and initiated the first ambulatory care pharmacy services at the Sioux Falls VA. She went on to be the Director of Pharmacy Education at an AHEC affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and served as the clinical pharmacy faculty member for the family medicine residency program. Dr. Mason relocated to ISU to implement ambulatory care pharmacy services at the Boise VA and the ambulatory pharmacy residency program. She is Director of the Teaching and Learning Curriculum Program for pharmacy residents in the Treasure Valley and has worked with over 60 residents who have earned that credential. She continues to be active in residency education through elective academic rotations. Dr. Mason was bestowed FASHP status based on years of service to the Idaho Society of Health System Pharmacists in a variety of leadership and board positions, with the most recent once being an I-Lead Mentor. She has been awarded the ISHP Pharmacist of the Year, Leadership Award Researcher of the Year, and Excellence in Service designations.  Dr. Mason teaches an ambulatory care APPE and is transitioning her emphasis to that of geriatrics, with home health and an interprofessional focus. In her role as Director of Interprofessional Education she was instrumental in designing and implementing the first IPE curriculum in the COP and is a leader in those initiatives for the KDHS. Dr. Mason coordinates the first year clinical problem solving course, teaches case studies and is involved in a variety of module classroom and lab coursework. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, Most Influential Professor and National Advisor of the year for Phi Lamba Sigma. Her research interests include scholarship of teaching, medication adherence, transitions of care, community pharmacy and public health roles.

Cathy Oliphant PharmD

Cathy Oliphant, PharmD

Interim Department Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, Professor
Infectious Disease, Opioid Abuse, Internal Medicine

Office: M 726

(208) 373-1839

olipcath@isu.edu

Dr. Oliphant is Vice Chair and Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy.  She earned her PharmD degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She completed a residency and infectious diseases/microbiology fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to joining the faculty at ISU College of Pharmacy in 2003, Dr. Oliphant taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Oliphant maintains a practice site at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise and Meridian.  She works with the St. Luke's Internal Medicine physicians and hospitalists in addition to the infectious disease physicians.  Dr. Oliphant precepts students on medicine, infectious diseases, and academic APPEs.  She teaches in all four years of the program.  Dr. Oliphant co-coordinates the Infectious Disease Module in the P3 year and the Residency Readiness course.  She also facilitates P2 and P3 case studies.  Dr. Oliphant is the Rho Chi and Generation RX advisor.  Her research interests include infectious diseases and prescription drug abuse issues.

Dr. Oliphant has been selected as Teacher of the Year and Most Influential Professor by 4th year Doctor of Pharmacy students.

Rick Rhodes PharmD

Rick Rhodes, PharmD

Professor

Office: LH 270

(208) 282-2438

rhodrick@isu.edu

Dr. Rhodes is Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Science at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. He earned his B.S. in Biology at Mercer University, B.S.Pharm at Florida A&M (Graduated with High Honors) University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Mercer Southern School  of Pharmacy (Graduated with High Honors). He completed an ASHP Clinical Pharmacy Residency at the VA Medical Center in Denver, Colorado and a two year Geriatric Research Fellowship in conjunction with the VA Medical Center and the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in Denver, Colorado.

His clinical activity is in the field of gerontology and has served as clinical consultant pharmacist at the VA Nursing Home-Pocatello since 1991 and from 1991 to 2002 he served as Director of Pharmacy Services. His research interest are predominantly in the field of gerontology and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in this area. His scholarship includes over fifty peer reviewed publications and abstracts and numerous book chapters. He has also been principal investigator on over fifteen research and contract grants. He was also co-principal investigator on a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for a Certificate Program in Geriatric Pharmacy for Practicing Pharmacist and Pharmacy Students.

Dr. Rhodes is course coordinator for P4 Senior Seminar, Survey on Aging Issues and Pharmacology for Nursing.

Associate Professors


Kevin Cleveland PharmD

Kevin Cleveland, PharmD

Director of Experiential Education, Associate Professor
Drug Information, Immunizations, MTM, Patient Communication, Nuclear Pharmacy

Office: M 754

(208) 373-1872

clevkevi@isu.edu

Kevin W. Cleveland is an associate professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department at the College of Pharmacy in Pocatello.  He is currently the Director of the Idaho Drug Information Service, which provides free health care information to consumers across the United States.

Cleveland earned his Pharm.D. at Idaho State University in 2003 and joined the faculty at ISU in 2004 after completing a clinical pharmacy residency in drug information.  Since then, he has earned pharmacy specialty certificates in nuclear medicine, immunizations, and medication therapy management.

Cleveland is ISU’s Chapter Advisor for the American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists.  He coordinates the organization’s health screenings, immunization clinics, and educational sessions.  Because of these efforts, the student pharmacy chapter received the Operation Diabetes National Award in 2012.

Cleveland directs the College of Pharmacy’s Annual Spaghetti Feed Raffle and Auction of which the proceeds are used to fund their free health screenings and services as well as sponsoring the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cleveland is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia, Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma, and volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps and the Boy Scouts of America.

Cara Liday PharmD, CDE

Cara Liday, PharmD, CDE

Associate Professor
Diabetes, Ambulatory Care, Sexual Dysfunction

Office: LH 274

(208) 282-2698

lidacara@isu.edu

Dr. Liday is an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy. She earned her Pharm.D. degree at ISU and subsequently completed a pharmacy practice residency and fellowship with the Department of Family Medicine. She has been a member of the ISU faculty since 1998.

Dr. Liday is an Ambulatory Care clinical pharmacist with InterMountain Medical Clinic, Health West ISU Residency program, and Clifford & Clark Family Medicine. She has been providing collaborative drug therapy management services to family medicine clinics since 1998. She earned her Certified Diabetes Educator credential in 2006, and added diabetes education and management, continuous glucose monitoring, and insulin pump therapy at that time.

In addition, Dr. Liday is an ambulatory care and diabetes APPE/ IPPE preceptor for the college of pharmacy. Her instructional, professional, and research interests include primary care pharmacy practice, diabetes and associated disease processes, sexual dysfunction, and medication affordability. She provides education for the pharmacy, PA, nursing, and PT programs at ISU. She is also the faculty advisor for Operation Diabetes which provides glucose and A1c screening for Pocatello and the surrounding communities.

Christopher Owens PharmD, MPH, RPh

Christopher Owens, PharmD, MPH

Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, Associate Professor
Interprofessional Education, Medical Ethics

Office: Leonard Hall 117

(208) 282-3008

owenchri@isu.edu

Dr. Christopher Owens is currently Interim Dean for the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University, a position he has held since August 2018. In this capacity he works with the Vice President for Health Sciences to oversee the 20+ health programs housed in the College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, and the Office of Medical and Oral Health. He also maintains his position as an associate professor of pharmacy practice with the College of Pharmacy where he provides clinical and professional instruction.  

Dr. Owens served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a hospital corpsman and was honorably discharged in March of 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in German with a minor in Philosophy at Utah State University in 1998. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a pharmacy technician at Shopko Pharmacy in Logan and developed an interest in studying Pharmacy. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Idaho State University in 2002. He then completed a specialty pharmacy residency at the Southeast Idaho Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic and became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. He has practiced as a pharmacist in both the community retail setting and also in the capacity of clinical pharmacist at the Health West Pocatello Clinic from 2003 to 2012. As a clinical pharmacist, he assisted in the management of patients on anticoagulation therapy and provided diabetes education and counseling for patients, as well as drug information and other related clinical services to providers and nursing staff.

He was the clinical coordinator for the Idaho Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program from 2003 to 2007, which conducted quarterly educational interventions with the goal of improving patient care and reducing overall healthcare costs in the State of Idaho. During that time, he and other faculty at the College of Pharmacy collected and analyzed medication use and pharmacy fill data for the Idaho Medicaid Pharmacy Program and provided input to the State’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee during medication class reviews and preferred drug list (PDL) discussions.

Dr. Owens is the author of ten peer-reviewed publications that have appeared in journals including Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Clinical Therapeutics, and the American Journal of Medicine. He has also authored over two dozen abstracts at local, state, and national pharmacy meetings and several other articles and commentaries in Idaho Medicaid newsletters. 

He earned his Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree in May of 2013 at Idaho State University. His teaching and research interests range from professionalism and medical ethics to evidence-based complementary and integrative medicine and he gives lectures on a variety of clinical topics throughout the pharmacy and physician assistant professional curricula -- including in areas of pain management, endocrine disorders, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and appropriate drug therapy for the elderly. He has been named Teacher of the Year for the College of Pharmacy several times and was nominated for ISU Distinguished Teacher in 2016. He is a regular presenter at local and state meetings. Nationally, he is a member and has served as President of the Pharmacy Ethics Special Interest Group as part of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Renee Robinson, PharmD, MPH, MSPharm

Associate Professor

Office: Alaska

(907) 786-6233

robiren2@isu.edu

Clinical Associate Professors


Jen Adams, PharmD, EdD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Clinical Associate Professor
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Pharmacy Law

Office: M757

(208) 373-1868

adamjen1@isu.edu

Jennifer Adams, PharmD, EdD, a graduate of Boise State University, Idaho State University, and The George Washington University is currently employed as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs  at the Idaho State University, providing oversight for the PharmD curriculum, experiential education, interprofessional education, and assessment.

Her previous experience includes working in hospital and community pharmacy settings and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with student pharmacists, helping them to develop as professionals and leaders in the pharmacy profession. Dr. Adams's experience at APhA includes developing and managing several national patient care programs, as well as the National Patient Counseling Competition. Dr. Adams also served for nearly 10 years as the Senior Student Affairs Advisor at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, providing leadership and oversight for association national student affairs activities including PharmCAS, PCAT, the Pharmacy Career Information Council, and student recruitment.

She has received national awards in recognition of her leadership skills and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, Phi Lambda Sigma - the pharmacy leadership society, the Idaho Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the Idaho State Pharmacists Association.

Brook Buffat

Brooke Buffat, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Director of Continuing Education, Clinical Associate Professor
Ambulatory Care, Chronic Disease Management

Office: LH 112

(208) 282-3196

bbuffat@isu.edu

Brooke Buffat PharmD, BCPS is currently employed as Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, providing oversight of admissions, recruitment, and student support on all campuses.  

Dr. Buffat is a also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and the Director of Continuing Education for the College. She earned her PharmD degree from Idaho State University in 2004 and completed an ambulatory care residency at the Southeast Idaho VA Outpatient Clinic in Pocatello in 2005, followed by a primary care pharmacotherapy residency at Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine in 2006. She joined the Idaho State University Faculty in 2006.

Her professional, instructional, and research interests lie in the areas of ambulatory care pharmacy practice, problem-based learning, pharmacoepidemiology, quality, outpatient cardiology, and women's health. Her clinical practice site is the Pocatello Health West Community Clinic where she provides pharmacotherapy services. Dr. Buffat is a past recipient of Teva Pharmaceutical's Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Pharmacy Award and the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy 2012 Graduating Class Instructor of the Year Award. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

 

Kathy Eroschenko PharmD

Kathy Eroschenko, PharmD

Clinical Associate Professor
Ambulatory Care, Population Health, Transitions of Care, MTM

Office: M 714a

(208) 373-1837

eroskath@isu.edu

Dr. Eroschenko has been a clinical assistant professor at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences since September 2007. She graduated from Idaho State University with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2003. Following her graduation, she completed a specialty residency in ambulatory care at the Southeast Idaho VA Outpatient Clinic in Pocatello. As a resident, she assisted in the management of several chronic conditions including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, anticoagulation and chronic pain. She has various teaching responsibilities throughout the curriculum and co-coordinates modules and numerous electives including her own women's health elective. In addition to her teaching duties in the college of pharmacy, Dr. Eroschenko also serves as the acute care medicine preceptor at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. When not at work she enjoys spending quality time with her family. 

Roger Hefflinger PharmD

Roger Hefflinger, PharmD

Clinical Associate Professor
Adult Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Airway Disorders, Infectious Disease, Pain & Chronic Disease Management

Office: M 714b

208) 514-2500 (1188)

heffroge@isu.edu

Upon receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska in 1986 Dr. Hefflinger completed a Clinical Pharmacy Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 1987, he accepted a clinical assistant professor position with Idaho State University. Initially, his service commitment was to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with an emphasis area in nutritional support and intensive care medicine. In 1991, Dr. Hefflinger switched his service commitment to Family Practice Medical Center of Idaho, Inc. and has spent the last 9 years assisting with physician training and education in in-patient and ambulatory care environments. His areas of interest include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease management, pain management, infectious disease, and the appropriate usage of medications for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and arthritis.

Tracy Pettinger PharmD

Tracy Pettinger, PharmD

Clinical Associate Professor
Ambulatory Care, Experiential Education

Office: LH 214

(208) 282-5012

petttra1@isu.edu

Dr. Pettinger is an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University in the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and Family Medicine. She earned her Pharm.D. degree at Idaho State University in 2003 and completed a two-year residency in Primary Care Pharmacotherapy at Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine in June 2005. She joined the ISU pharmacy faculty in the summer of 2005. She became Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2007.

Dr. Pettinger is an Ambulatory Care clinical clerkship preceptor for fourth year pharmacy students and is based in Blackfoot Medical Center. She provides clinical services to BMC in chronic disease management and polypharmacy issues. She also is a clinical investigator for the ACCORD trial at the Department of Family Medicine Clinical Research Center. Her professional interests include diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation, asthma, and heart failure. Dr. Pettinger was honored by the Department of Family Medicine with the Resident Research Award in 2005.

Tom Wadsworth PharmD, BCPS

Tom Wadsworth, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Dean for Alaska Programs, Clinical Associate Professor
Internal Medicine, Obesity, Diabetes, Community Pharmacy Practice

Office: PSB 113D

(907) 786-6211

wadsthom@isu.edu

Dr. Wadsworth is the Assistant Dean for Alaska programs at Idaho State University and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. Dr. Wadsworth earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ISU in 2002 and completed an ASHP accredited Primary Care Pharmacy Specialty Residency at the Boise VA Medical Center in 2007

Prior to his residency, Dr. Wadsworth served 4 years as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks Alaska. He is a registered pharmacist in Idaho and Alaska and has significant experience in community and home infusion pharmacy. Along with his faculty appointment, Dr. Wadsworth is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapist and served as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist at St. Luke's Internal Medicine in Boise, Idaho for 9 years were he delivered pharmacist health services like MTM and collaborative disease management. Dr. Wadsworth has a variety of research interests including obesity, diabetes, statin myopathy, and quality outcomes in medication management. Tom and his wife Heidi have 6 children and reside in Wasilla Alaska

Assistant Professors


Julia Boyle PharmD

Julia Boyle, PharmD, BCPP

Assistant Professor
Psychiatric Pharmacy

Office: M728

(208) 373-1841

boyljuli@isu.edu

Dr. Boyle is an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. She earned her Pharm. D. degree from Idaho State University in 2014. After graduation she completed an ambulatory care residency at Salt Lake City VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pocatello in 2015 followed by a psychiatric pharmacy residency at Salt Lake City VA in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2016. She joined Idaho State University Faculty in 2016.

Dr. Boyle is the CNS module coordinator and one of the primary lecturers in that module. Her professional, instructional and research interests lie in the areas of psychiatric pharmacy and substance use disorders. Her clinical practice site is at the Boise VA inpatient psychiatry unit.

Kerry Casperson PhD

Kerry Casperson, PhD, MBA, MHA

Assistant Professor
Independent Pharmacy, Business/Health Care Management

Office: LH 220

(208) 282-5376

caspkerr@isu.edu

Kerry Casperson is an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University where he teaches courses related to health care finance, health care management, communication, CQI, health systems, marketing and personal finance. Prior to his current position, Kerry was an adjunct faculty member at Idaho State University.  He has taught courses in health care finance, corporate finance, operations management, strategic planning of health care facilities and managerial courses to Health Care Administration, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, X-ray Technology and Pharmacy students.  He has served as preceptor for MHA students from the University of Minnesota and has served as preceptor for over 50 students completing their course work in health care administration at ISU. 

Prior to his position at ISU, Kerry was the administrator of the Blackfoot Medical Center (BMC). BMC was a certified Rural Health Clinic and during this time he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics for eight years.  He formerly was executive director for the Idaho Association of Physicians, and administrator at the Pocatello Children and Adolescent Clinic.  Kerry has over thirty years’ experience in the management of physician practices. 

His academic background includes a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Administration, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Hospital Administration and a PhD in Pharmacy Administration with an emphasis on health care finance. 

John Holmes PharmD, BCPS

John Holmes, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor
Health Outcomes, Quality Improvement, Practice-Based Research

Office: FAM MED B29

(208) 282-5391

holmjohn@isu.edu

Dr. Holmes is an Assistant Research Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine at Idaho State University.  Dr. Holmes graduated form Idaho State University in 2007 with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  He completed a one-year ambulatory care residency in 2008 at the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pocatello, Idaho.  He then completed a one-year Pharmacotherapy Residency at Pocatello Family Medicine and a two-year Clinical Research Fellowship at the Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine.  He is currently working towards a Master of Public Health degree. 

Dr. Holmes has served as a sub-investigator on several industry and National Institutes of Health sponsored studies conducted at the ISU Family Medicine Clinical Research Center.  His research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, quality improvement, and access to healthcare for rural residents.  Dr. Holmes provides clinical pharmacy and quality improvement support to the Health West ISU clinic, a training site for medical and pharmacy residents at Idaho State University. He teaches and mentors family medicine and pharmacotherapy residents, physician assistant students and pharmacy students on a broad spectrum of pharmacotherapy and quality improvement topics. 

Rebecca Hoover PharmD, MBA

Rebecca Hoover, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Director of Idaho Drug Information Center, Assistant Professor
Drug Information & Social/Administrative Sciences

Office: LH 211

(208) 282-2587

hoovrebe@isu.edu

Dr. Rebecca Hoover joined the College of Pharmacy in 2013 after completing a specialty residency in drug information. Before studying pharmacy, she graduated from the University of Idaho with bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry, Microbiology and English. She also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Dr. Hoover is the current Director of Idaho Drug Information Center.

Elaine Nguyen, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCACP

Assistant Professor
Health Outcomes Research, Quality Improvement, Ambulatory Care

Office: M 751

(208) 373-1829

nguyelai@isu.edu

Dr. Nguyen joined the College of Pharmacy in 2015. She works to develop an active scholarship program and establish partnerships with local healthcare organizations. Her research interests include chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia), pharmacy services, and telehealth. Her long-term goal is to promote optimal healthcare delivery in patients with chronic diseases, especially those living in rural areas.

Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of Iowa with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees. She then completed a clinical residency with a second year specialization in ambulatory care at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). After residency, she completed a two year fellowship in health economics and outcomes research at the University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital. This training site was an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center and provided her with experience in evidence synthesis, comparative effectiveness research, and administrative database analysis.

Dr. Nguyen provides quality improvement support for interprofessional projects at the Boise VAMC. She co-coordinates the Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Literature Evaluation II course (PHAR 9942) for first year pharmacy students and teaches throughout the curriculum. She offers elective independent study opportunities and fourth year research rotations.

Clinical Assistant Professors


Mike Biddle

Mike Biddle, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Ambulatory Care, Diabetes, Motivational Interviewing

Office: M730

(208) 373-1836

biddmich@isu.edu

Dr. Biddle is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Idaho State University Meridian Health Sciences Center in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Marshall University in secondary education and went on to earn his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2009.  After graduation, Dr. Biddle completed a 2-year pharmacotherapy residency at Idaho State University’s Department of Family Medicine specializing in both inpatient and outpatient family medicine in 2011. 

After his graduate training, Dr. Biddle accepted a faculty position at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on their Vermont Campus.  He joined the Idaho State University faculty in 2016.

Dr. Biddle is the Cardiovascular module coordinator.  He also teaches motivational interviewing, patient communication, and the JCPP Patient Care Process in various courses.  His professional, instructional and research interests lie in the areas of ambulatory care pharmacy practice, population-based disease management, motivational interviewing, medication therapy management, immunizations and diabetes management. 

Dr. Biddle currently practices at St. Luke’s Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic on Jefferson Street in Boise.

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Glenda Carr, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Family Practice, Diabetes, Anticoagulation, Hypertension, Hepatitis C

Office: M 727

(208) 373-1840

carrglen@isu.edu

Dr. Carr joined the ISU College of Pharmacy faculty in the fall of 2002. She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy in December 1999 and completed her Pharm.D. in May 2000. Throughout pharmacy school, she was active in the Academy of Students of Pharmacy on a local, regional and national level. She also held many positions on a local level for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. After graduation, she completed a general practice residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare Systems. There, she gained experience in ambulatory care, internal medicine, cardiology, geriatrics, pharmacy administration and spent time at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. During her residency, she completed the Lipid Training Center for Health Care Professionals sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. She continued her post graduate training at the William S. Middleton Veteran's Memorial Hospital in Madison, Wis. As a primary care pharmacy resident. While there, she gained much experience in chronic disease state management, including hypertension, diabetes, anticoagulation therapy, hyperlipdemia, rheumatology and pain management. Her residency project was titled "NSAID induced GI ulcers: risk factors in a VA population." Carr is currently working at the Terry Reilly Health Services in Nampa, Idaho. There, she began a anticoagulation service and is working on collaborative practice agreements for hypertension, diabetes, hypothyroidism and hyperlipidemia. Carr is a member of ASHP and ACCP.

Jordan Ferro, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Family Medicine 115

(208) 282-1233

ferrjord@isu.edu

Michelle Ivie, PharmD, CDE

Clinical Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Diabetes

Office: LH 263

(208) 282-2743

iviemich@isu.edu

Dr. Michelle Ivie is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Idaho State University and then completed a Pharmacotherapy Residency with Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Ivie first established an Ambulatory Care practice site in Coeur d'Alene for her first several years of practice,  where she precepted APPE students on their ambulatory care clerkship rotations.   She provided services to a Dirne Community Health Center, Kootenai Medical Center Internal Medicine, and the local VA outpatient clinic. She consulted on a variety of conditions including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation therapy, mental health, pain management, and polypharmacy management.  She also provided ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and continuous glucose monitor sensor services.  

She has now transitioned to a position in Idaho Falls, Idaho and has established an APPE Adult Medicine site at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. In addition to precepting, she is also designated as the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY1 residency as well as the primary preceptor for the research project, internal medicine, and teaching rotations.  Currently she is completing her MAD-ID certification as well as a Veterinary Pharmacy Certificate Program.  

When spare time comes about, she enjoys training and competing with her dogs in agility and spending time outdoors. 

Kasidy McKay, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Adult Internal Medicine

Office: FAM MED B29

(208) 282-3413

mckakasi@isu.edu

Shanna O'Connor, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Sustainable Non-Dispensing Services, Community Practice, Ambulatory Care

Office: LH 266

(208) 220-4680

oconsha2@isu.edu

Amy Paul, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Alaska

(907) 786-0732

paulamy@isu.edu

Megan Penner, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor

pennmeg2@isu.edu

Dr. Penner is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy's campus in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned her Pharm.D. degree at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy on their Northwest campus. Dr. Penner's clinical practice site is at the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska. Her professional interests include internal medicine, diabetes, pharmacogenomics, and healthcare accessibility. 

Brecon Powell PharmD

Brecon Powell, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Cardiology, Ambulatory Care, Immunizations

Office: LH 207

(208) 970-4335

powebrec@isu.edu

Dr. Brecon Powell is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. He earned his Pharm.D. degree at ISU and went on to complete a PGY1 residency at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC). During his residency, Dr. Powell focused on receiving additional training in Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Pain Management, Ambulatory Care, and Critical Care (adults and pediatrics). He teaches lectures for the College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and the ISU PA program.

In addition, Dr. Powell works as a clinical pharmacist at the EIRMC Wellness Center and Heart Failure Clinic.  Here, he assisted in the development of a clinical rotation site for 4th year pharmacy students in Ambulatory Care. Dr. Powell works directly with practitioners to treat and counsel patients on a variety of topics including, heart failure, diabetes, COPD, asthma, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation, mental health, pain management, and polypharmacy reconciliation.  He is also a mentor and cardiology preceptor for current and future residents at EIRMC.

In his spare time, Dr. Powell enjoys fishing, hunting, backpacking, traveling, playing guitar, snowboarding, reading books, eating exceptional food, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Angharad Ratliff, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Critical Care

Office: Alaska

(907) 786-0733

ratlangh@isu.edu

Assistant Lecturer


Anushka Burde PharmD

Anushka Burde, Pharm.D., AAHIVP

Assistant Lecturer
Community Pharmacy, Telepharmacy Practice, HIV and Hepatitis C Support

Office: LH 262

(208) 282-3231

burdanu1@isu.edu

Dr. Anushka Burde is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences  at Idaho State University (ISU). She graduated from Idaho State University with a Pharm.D. degree in 2015. Dr. Anushka Burde has also earned a B.S. Biochemistry and B.S. Chemistry in 2011 & 2010 respectively from ISU. She joined as a faculty member at ISU College of Pharmacy in July 2015. 

Dr. Burde spends a few hours staffing as a pharmacist at a telepharmacy called "Bengal Pharmacy". Bengal Pharmacy Pocatello location  provides pharmacy services to distant rural communities in Idaho (Arco, Challis) through audio and video connections.

She also provides clinical services at Health West ISU  which primarily focus on HIV and Hepatitis C management. She has done extensive work in setting up the "Patient Centered Pharmacy Program" (PCPP) at Bengal Pharmacy, which serves Health West ISU patients. The  "Patient Centered Pharmacy Program" has been developed to enable patients to receive excellent pharmacy and health care services such as automated refills, medication education, home delivery of medications, weekly/monthly follow up on side effect management. Dr. Burde has been doing benefits investigation and prior authorizations for expensive Hepatitis C and HIV medications. This has enabled numerous patients to be cured of Hepatitis C.  Dr. Burde is also in the process of learning and gaining experience in the 340B dynamics of a pharmacy. 

Dr. Anushka Burde also teaches a few lectures at ISU College of Pharmacy, including case studies. She is currently the advisor for Operation Heart which provides blood pressure and cholesterol checks to the community. She also precepts Operation immunization, Operation Heart events as needed. Dr. Burde is currently working towards obtaining her teaching certificate which is awarded by ISU College of Pharmacy.  She is also the "Preceptor - In - Training" for the ISU Rural Community Residency. 


Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Professors


James Lai, PhD

Professor

Office: LH 224

(208) 282-2275

laijame@isu.edu

Marvin Schulte, PhD

Department Chair of BPSCI, Professor
Fundamentals of Pharmacology, CNS and ANS Pharmacology, General Biochemistry, Advanced Protein Structure and Function, Membrane Biophysics

Office: LH 203

(208) 282-4455

schumarv@isu.edu

My research has focused on the structure and function of ligand gated ion channels for over 25 years. During that time, I have concentrated on both 5-HT3R and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors with the goal of understanding ligand interactions and the nature of ligand selectivity. I have published numerous papers in this area and have been involved in extensive and productive collaborations with synthetic Medicinal Chemists and Biologists interested in developing novel compounds aimed at LGIC receptors. As a result of this body of work, we have developed a wealth of experience in working with LGIC proteins including, serotonin and nicotinic receptors as well as a related homolog, the acetylcholine binding protein. I have extensive experience in protein production and characterization, protein engineering, electrophysiology and surface plasmon resonance. I have been involved in extensive collaborations with investigators across the U.S. and abroad including those at the University of Alaska, Drexel University, Virginia Commonwealth University. More recently, I have been developing collaborations with industrial partners, one in Philadelphia, PA and one in Berkeley, CA. These recent collaborations have been a direct result of our research into the development of sub-type specific positive allosteric modulators of the α4β2 nicotinic receptor.

Associate Professors


Dong Xu, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of BPSCI Graduate Programs
Drug Discovery, Drug Toxicity, Pharmacology, Biomedical Informatics

Office: M 752

(208) 373-1832

xudong@isu.edu

http://www.dxulab.org/

The overarching goal of Xu lab is to enable biomedical discovery and address unmet medical needs using state-of-the-art computational and informatics technologies. Specific research areas are:

  1. Drug discovery and re-purposing;
  2. Drug-induced toxicity prediction and prevention;
  3. Web-based biomedical software development.

My research focuses on: (1) Software Development: Developing new computational methods and web-based tools in the areas of Biomolecular informatics and Bioinformatics (protein structural data analytics); Small molecule cheminformatics (bioactivity data analytics); Biomedical informatics (patient and clinical data analytics); Molecular dynamics (free energy and Markov modeling); Machine learning (deep learning neural networks); and Web-based 3D visualization Drug discovery. (2) Drug Discovery: Discovering new chemical entities against disease targets of unmet medical need; Re-purpose existing drugs for new indications; Designing combination therapy to mitigate undesirable side effects and/or synergize therapeutic effects. (3) Drug safety: Detecting, predicting, and quantifying drug-induced toxicities including Drug-induced cardiac valvulopathy/valvular heart disease (VHD); Drug-induced anticolingergic toxicity; Drug-induced serotonin syndrome; Drug-induced extrapyramidal disorders (e.g. tardive dyskinesia).

Assistant Professors


Prabha Arwale

Prabha Awale, PhD

Assistant Professor
Molecular Neuropharmacology, Immunology

Office: LH 226

(208) 282-1427

awalprab@isu.edu

Jared Barrott, PhD

Assistant Professor
Genetics/Epigenetics, Cancer Pharmacology

Office: LH 228

(208) 282-4259

barrjare@isu.edu

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The Barrott Lab focuses on cancer pharmacology by understanding the biology behind cancer initiation and progression. The lab uses genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) to test novel therapies that target the cancer’s vulnerabilities.  My interests include:  Cellular high throughput drug screening, cellular biology, genetics, pharmacogenetics, research design and data analysis. Some infectious disease, especially in the field of virology. Cancer biology and pharmacology.

In my lab, we focus on rare sarcomas that typically arise in pediatric patients. These cancers of the connective tissues are commonly driven by chromosomal translocations, that are powerful epigenetic reprogrammers that can transform normal muscle, cartilage, and bone cells to become cancerous. I use biochemistry and genetics to understand the events that surround cellular transformation in order to better understand where the cancer cell is vulnerable. Using targeted therapies we aim to reduce the primary tumor and eliminate the metastatic burden, while doing the least harm to normal tissues. I have three mouse models of sarcoma in which I can test various anti-cancer therapies to provide a rationale for clinical human testing. The three sarcomas that we study are synovial sarcoma, alveolar soft part sarcoma, and osteosarcoma. In these transgenic mice we can control the spatial and temporal expression of oncogenes that drive the sarcomas.

Ali Habashi, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacokinetics

Office: LH 212

(208) 282-1409

habaali@isu.edu

I am interested in exploring the concept of drug-disease interaction, and studying the effect of inflammation, in particular, on the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) at enzyme, peptide, and receptor levels in order to fully understand the underlying mechanisms. In different inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, diabetes, mental disorders, and Alzheimer disease, patient’s quality of life has been be affected by the deleterious impact of inflammation. Due to extensive involvement of the RAS in the systemic and local regulatory function of different organs and the significant impact of inflammation on the activation of the RAS, the association of the RAS in different pathological conditions has been reported. The RAS consists of two counteracting arms: tissue protective and tissue toxic. Manipulation of the RAS through augmentation of its tissue protective arm by delivering of its peptide homologs seems promising. Peptides have gained increased interest as biological therapeutics during recent years. However, the clinical application of these agents is still limited due to drug delivery challenges. As a pharmaceutical formulation scientist, I have set focuses of my lab on exploring innovative targeted drug delivery systems for effective, safe, and noninvasive delivery of these therapeutic agents for aiming at several serious inflammatory conditions that RAS involved in their pathology.

My interests include:  Basic Pharmacokinetics and Pharmaceutical calculations, Pharmacotherapy, Current Topics in Pharmaceutics and Drug delivery, Principles of Biopharmaceutical Analysis, Responsible Conduct in Research, Physiochemical Basis of Drug Action, Critical Literature Evaluation

Rob Myers, PhD

Assistant Professor
Compounding, Dosage Forms, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Development

Office: LH 234

(208) 313-4828

myerrob3@isu.edu

Dr. Myers has a BS degree in Pharmacy, a MS degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Kansas. He is licensed as a Registered Pharmacist in the state of Idaho. With experience in academic teaching, retail pharmacy, pharmacy compounding, regulatory affairs, and pharmaceutical development/manufacturing, Dr. Myers holds a unique view of pharmaceutical products, their development, and regulatory approval. His experience includes developing and evaluating a variety of drug products including: various ophthalmic products, inhalation solutions, sterile injections, suspensions, delayed release capsules, dry powder inhalers, and nasal sprays.

Dr. Myers has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry focused mainly on activities dealing with Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) issues for IND, NDA, and ANDA submissions. His activities have been mainly focused on: pre-formulation, formulation, scale-up, process development, pharmaceutical product safety data sheets (SDS), health hazard assessments, regulatory submission authoring and project planning. He has interacted with the FDA on various CMC issues at various development stages in face-to-face meetings, telephone conferences, and written communications. Dr. Myers also has more than 12 years of experience working as a compounding pharmacist and is the co-owner of a 503B Outsourcing Facility.

He is an assistant professor in the Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. His teaching responsibilities include dosage form design, compounding, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacokinetics, and portions of modules and Capstone. Dr. Myers also oversees the extemporaneous compounding lab.

Srinath Pashikanti, PhD

Assistant Professor
Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry, Protein Biochemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry

Office: LH 216

(208) 282-3837

pashsrin@isu.edu

Dr. Pashikanti has an MS degree in Chemistry & Biochemistry from South Dakota State University, an MS and Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from The University of Kansas. Pashikanti Lab utilizes organic chemistry towards synthesis of cell permeable medicinally active analogs. Our current efforts are aimed to develop, synthesize and screen small molecules in targeting ceramide metabolizing enzymes. Ceramide is a bioactive sphingolipid that exhibits anticancer properties in cancer cells. Strategies aimed at increasing the cellular ceramide induce apoptosis in cancer cells. To complement our synthetic efforts, we utilize tools for protein biochemistry to perform in vitro experiments and cell-based assays in determining the biological activity of these analogs in a structure-activity relationship model.

He is an assistant professor in the Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. He is actively involved in mentoring graduate and professional pharmacy students. His didactics include Principles of Drug Design and Drug Action, Physicochemical Basis of Drug Action, Principles of Biopharmaceutical Analysis, Advanced Organic Synthesis, Dissertation Research, Thesis Research, Independent Problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science Research.


Staff


Kelly Cox

Kelly Cox, BS

Systems Administrator

Office: LH 236

(208) 282-3105

coxkell@isu.edu

Darcy Fonger

Instruction Assistant

Office: MER

(208) 373-1831

fongdarc@isu.edu

Denice Gardner

Part Time Office Specialist

Office: MER

(208) 373-1793

garddeni@isu.edu.

Lee Ann Hancock

Lee Ann Hancock, BA

Director of Divisional Marketing and Communications

Office: LH 110

(208) 282-1497

hanclee@isu.edu

Amanda Hart, BA

Administrative Assistant II

Office: LH 109

(208) 282-2280

(208) 282-4482

Nancy Herrick

Nancy Herrick

Administrative Assistant II to the Dean

Office: LH 114

(208) 282-2175

(208) 282-4482

herrnan2@isu.edu

Christina Jackson

Christina Jackson

Alaska Programs Coordinator

Office: PSB 113A
Mailing: 3211 Providence Drive, PSB 113
Physical: 2533 Providence Drive, #113
Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 786-6553

jackchr6@isu.edu

Vyonne Jenks

Vyonne Jenks, BA

Instruction Assistant

Office: LH 261

(208) 282-1408

jenkvyon@isu.edu

Nikka Jones

Administrative Assistant I to the Chair for the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Office: LH 273

(208) 282-3918

Wes Lewis

Wes Lewis, BS

Video Instruction Manager

Office: MER 763

(208) 373-1844

lewiwes2@isu.edu

Tracey Marks

Administrative Assistant I to the Chair for the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences

Office: LH 273

(208) 282-3396

marktrac@isu.edu

Jeff Parkinson

Jeff Parkinson, BS

Technical Support Manager

Office: LH 107

(208) 282-1484

parkjeff@isu.edu

Janet Renk

Janet Renk

Administrative Assistant I for Experiential Education

Office: MER 756

(208) 373-1824

renkjane@isu.edu

Luke Rice, MEd

Director of Experiential Education

Office: Spokane

(509) 879-7258

riceluke@isu.edu

Ryan Stafford

Ryan Stafford

Technology Support Manager for Alaska Programs

Office: PSB 108
Mailing: 3211 Providence Drive, PSB 108
Physical: 2533 Providence Drive, #108
Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 317-8162

stafryan@isu.edu

Cassandra Tack

Cassandra Tack, BS

Assistant Director of Experiential Education

Office: LH 105

(208) 282-4794

tackcas1@isu.edu

Cynthia Tillotson

Cynthia Tillotson, MPA, DA

Director of Admissions and Student Affairs

Office: LH 111

(208) 282-3223

(208) 282-4482

tillcynt@isu.edu

Mary Van Muelken

Mary Van Muelken, BA

Grant Writer and Program Manager

Office: LH 238

(208) 282-1171

Kathy Webster

Administrative Assistant I to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Office: MER 765

(208) 373-1875

webskat3@isu.edu

Phil Yankovich

Phil Yankovich, MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Office: LH 104

(208) 282-3655

yankphil@isu.edu


Residents


Alex Lystrup

Alex Lystrup, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacotherapy Resident

Office: Family Medicine/Stop 8287

(208) 282-3387

lystalex@isu.edu

Kailee Morton

Kailee Morton, PharmD

PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Resident

Office: Family Medicine/Stop 8287

(208) 282-3387

Alex Schreiber

Alex Shreiber, PharmD

PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Resident

Office: Family Medicine/Stop 8287

(208) 282-3387

shrealex@isu.edu

Kelvin Tran

Kelvin Tran, PharmD

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Resident

Office: Family Medicine/Stop 8287

(208) 282-3387

kelvintran@pharmacy.arizona.edu


Adjunct Faculty


Elaine Baker, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

Michelle Barcelon, PharmD, BCPS

General Medicine Pharmacy Clinical Specialist

Office: OFFSITE

(775) 982-6982

mbarcelon@renown.org

Deb Cieplak, BS

Compounding Instructor

debcieplak@hotmail.com

Bob Furilla

Bob Furilla, PhD

Professor, WWAMI School of Medical Education
Human Physiology

Office: PSB 113

(907) 786-4721

furirobe@isu.edu

Dr. Furilla received a Master’s degree from The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and his PhD from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was on Faculty at New Mexico State University, and at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine (UPR). Dr. Furilla retired from UPR and came to Anchorage to join his wife who is currently Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). In 2010, he accepted the position as Interim Director of the WWAMI program until he stepped down in 2012. He continues teaching medical students in the WWAMI program and Physiology for Pharmacy students For Idaho State University (ISU)

Lorri Gebo-Shaver, PharmD

Owner, Shaver Pharmacy and Compounding Center

Office: Pocatello

gebolori@isu.edu

Ann Kator, BS

Compounding Instructor

Office: M725

ann.kator.isu@gmail.com

Robert Mancini, PharmD, BCOP

BMT Pharmacy Program Coordinator, PGY2 Residency Program Director, St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute
Oncology Pharmacy

Office: OFFSITE

(208) 381-4141

mancinir@slhs.org