John V. Schloss, PhD
Chair of Pharmaceutical Science/Associate Dean of Research
Chair of Pharmaceutical Science/Associate Dean of Research
BS (University of Tulsa, 1973), PhD (University of Tennessee-Knoxville/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1978), NIH Postdoctoral Fellow-University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978-81
Dr. Schloss brings a perspective on pharmacy education to AUHS based on 10 years as a professional scientist in DuPont’s Central Research Department; 9 years as Professor at the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy; 6 years in pharmacy-related biotech; and 10 years helping to build the basic science and research components of two domestic and one foreign pharmacy programs. He has remained active in both research and the education of graduate and undergraduate students, while securing research funding from international, federal, state, and private sources. Dr. Schloss was an NIH-postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Tennessee for work conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
PhD and MPhil (Toyama University, Japan) and BS and MS in Pharmacy (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Dr. Islam currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) School of Pharmacy. Dr. Islam has more than 20 years of academic research, teaching, pharmacy practice, and administrative experiences. Prior to joining AUHS in February 2019, he served as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacology at West Coast University School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Islam went to Toyama University in Japan where he earned MPhil and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in pharmacy from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Islam has extensive research experience with more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference abstracts. His current research interests include pharmacy curriculum, global pharmacy education, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Dr. Islam’s research has been published in leading pharmacy education journals and presented at national and international conferences.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Science
PhD, Chonnam National University, South Korea; MS Marine and Atmosphere Sciences, Stoney Brook University, NY; BS Oceanography (Major), Chemistry (Minor), Pukyong National University, South Korea.
Dr. Suhui Yang obtained her B.S. in Oceanography (major) and Chemistry (minor) from Pukyong National University, South Korea, in 2004 and her M.S. in Marine Chemistry from Stony Brook University, New York, in 2008. She later switched her interest to Medicinal Chemistry and earned her Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Won-Jea Cho from Chonnam National University, South Korea, in 2012. Her doctoral research was focused on the design and development of novel small molecule compounds targeting Androgen Receptor, Topoisomerase, or JAK/STAT pathway for treating cancers. In research, she used to apply computational techniques such as virtual screening or molecular docking, synthesize various chemical libraries, and optimize the active compounds.
Dr. Yang moved to the University of Michigan where she conducted research as postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Nouri Neamati, working on synthesis of bioactive small molecule compounds as anti-cancer agents (2013-2017). Dr. Yang joined the faculty of the American University of Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, in August 2018. Her current research interests are the design and development of small molecule compounds as chemotherapeutic agents and the use of photoaffinity probes for identification of the molecular targets of small molecules.
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
PhD in Biochemistry, National Southern University, Argentina.
Hugo Arias obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1999 from National Southern University, Argentina. His Thesis was based on nicotinic receptors, developing this topic further in the following years. After his Thesis, Dr. Arias obtained a post-doc position at University of California, Riverside (1992-94), supported by a CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina) fellowship. When he returned to Argentina in 1994, Dr. Arias was appointed Assistant Investigator at CONICET, and subsequently promoted to Associate Investigator in 1999.
Research Areas of Interest
During 1999-02, he was a senior post-doc at Texas Teach University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock. In 2002, he obtained a Research Faculty position at University of Florida, Gainesville, and soon after he was appointed Assistant Professor at Western University Health Science, Pomona, CA. In 2007, Dr. Arias was promoted to Associate Professor at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ. In 2012, he was promoted to Professor of Pharmacology and Biochemistry at California Northstate University College of Medicine, Elk Grove, and appointed Assistant Dean of Research in 2014. Dr. Arias is currently Professor in the proposed School of Pharmacy, American University of Health Sciences, teaching the courses “Pharmacology and Toxicology” and “Pharmacogenomics and Genetics”.
Dr. Arias started working on structural, functional, and neuropharmacological aspects of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) in 1983. He has amassed an impressive number of publications (>125), including peer reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters, on this topic. His current focus is centred on neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases of high socioeconomic impact, including drug (and nicotine) addiction, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and cognitive dysfunctions. More particularly, I am interested in elucidating the role of different AChR subtypes in the underlying mechanisms of these conditions to further design novel ligands with high receptor selectivity for therapeutic translational opportunities. During the development of these projects, he had the opportunity of mentoring >100 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from different programs in my lab as well as to advise students in their Master Theses, emphasizing his commitment with mentoring students in research. His collaborative mind opened the door for scientific collaborations with laboratories around the world, including laboratories from Italy, France, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and USA.
Assistant Professor, Medicine/Anatomy and Physiology
MBBS (equivalent to US MD) (Chittagong Medical College, 1983), Surgical Intern (Chittagong Medical College, 1983-84), MS (Bangladesh Institute of Child Health,1991), Resident Medical Officer Dhaka Children’s Hospital, 1984-91, Attendant of Pediatric Surgical Unit Dhaka Children’s Hospital, 1991-93, Basic Life Support CPR Instructor American Heart Association, 2009-present
Dr. Rahman has been a faculty member at AUHS since 2016 where he currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology as part of the general education prerequisite for nursing students.
Since 2007, Dr. Rahman has been teaching Anatomy & Physiology as a senior and adjunct faculty member at local career and community colleges. He enjoys teaching because it allows him to share his knowledge and experience with students starting off in healthcare and has given him the opportunity to return to the field he has been devoted to. Dr. Rahman also brings experience from his medical background to AUHS. In Bangladesh, Dr. Rahman attended Chittagong Medical College where he obtained his MBBS ( MD equivalent) and later worked as a surgical intern. Dr. Rahman further specialized in Pediatric Surgery for which he obtained a MS (1991) from the Bangladesh Institute of Child Health at Dhaka University. After working as a Resident Medical Officer at Dhaka Children’s Hospital (1984-1991), Dr. Rahman soon became Attendant of the Pediatric Surgical Unit at this institution. In this capacity, Dr. Rahman was responsible for training and teaching resident medical officers’ skills pertaining to bedside medicine and surgery.
During his free time, Dr. Rahman likes to spend time with his family, garden, and stay busy with home improvement projects. Dr. Rahman was also an instructor for Basic Life Support and CPR training through the American Heart Association from 2009-2016. He is also an active member of a local philanthropic organization where he educates members on relevant healthy living topics.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Science
Ph.D. University of Missouri Kansas-City, MO, USA
B.S, National Polytechnic Felix Houphouet Boigny, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
Dr. Ngo serves as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at American University of Health Sciences. He holds both a B.S and a PhD degree. He received his doctoral degree in pharmaceutical Science and chemistry from university of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2018 (UMKC). He also worked at UMKC as a postdoctoral research associate. During his years at UMKC, Dr. Ngo became skills in pharmaceutical data analysis, pharmaceutics, engineering material science, and biotechnology.
In addition, Dr. Ngo conducted research in drug delivery system such development of a topical anti-HIV/AIDS microbicide and development of safe and versatile oral delivery system for biopharmaceutics classification system class 2 and 4 drugs. Dr. Ngo has volunteered as an American Association Pharmaceutical Scientist (AAPS) abstract screener since 2017 and judged the 2017 Pharmaceutics Graduate Student Research meeting. In addition, Dr Ngo received many travel awards to present my work at international meetings. Dr. Ngo published 4 first authors articles including 3 peer reviewed research articles and one granted US patent as shown below.
Research and areas of Interest
Develop Oral Delivery System for Therapeutic Macromolecules (e.g. Proteins and Nucleic Acid).
Extraction/ Synthesis of New Chemical Entities from Natural Plants for Cancer Therapies
Conduct research on homeless Empowering Learning Program, a health education and intervention program.
Associate Professor, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
BSc, MSc and PhD from Faculty of Science, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Baroda, Guj., India
MD degree in 1998 from College of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University (Vieux- fort, St. Lucia, West Indies)
Dr. Chauhan’s PhD work was in the field of ‘reproductive endocrinology’. Dr. Chauhan became faculty (Asst. Lecturer) in 1970 at Department of Zoology (Faculty of Science, M.S. University, Baroda) and was promoted to “ Reader (Associate Professor) ” in 1983. He left for U.S.A. in 1987, and got involved in biomedical research, then worked as Laboratory Manager and Lab. Director with environmental toxicology analytical laboratories. Dr. Chauhan’s primary interest is teaching courses like human/clinical anatomy, neuroanatomy, human embryology, medical physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology/immunology, medical genetics and pharmacogenomics.
In past, he taught at college of medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC, Chicago, U.S.A.), SABA school of Medicine (SABA, West Indies) and college of pharmacy, Roosevelt university, (Schaumburg, Illinois). His teaching experience spans over more than twenty-five years. Dr. Chauhan’s current research interests include: (1) Pharmacognosy: Screening of Indian, Chinese and plants from USA for their bio-medical properties, (2) Obesity,(3) Pharmacogenomics, and (3) Dermal-Toxicology/melanoma. Dr. Chauhan has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and scientific abstract/ posters; some of them received international merit awards. He is also serving as reviewer for scientific manuscripts in his field of expertise. He is also a member in few scientific associations.