John V. Schloss, PhD
Chair of Pharmaceutical Science/Associate Dean of Research, Professor
Chair of Pharmaceutical Science/Associate Dean of Research, Professor
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, Professor
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.
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
MD, University of Belgrade Medical School
MSc, University of Montreal Medical Faculty
PhD, University of Montreal Medical Faculty
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
Sandor Szabo, a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF), and an External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: After finishing medical school in Belgrade, obtained MSc & PhD in the institute of Hans Selye (the ‘father of biologic stress’) at the University of Montreal & continued with pathology residency at Harvard Med Sch, Boston, where he became assistant & associate professor. He also obtained an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health, & after 20 years at Harvard, became a professor of pathology & pharmacology at the Medical School of University of California, Irvine (UCI), CA. He also served as chief of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service for 20 years, of which for 12 years also covered the functions of chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, where he continued his productive research in the molecular mechanisms of stress-related diseases, esp., gastrointestinal (GI) ulceration. His laboratory was the first to publish easily reproducible, chemically induced duodenal ulcers & adrenal necrosis in rats. This was followed by structure-activity studies (SAS) with chemicals that induce duodenal ulcers which is the most frequent form of peptic ulcers in patients. These SAS led to the first recognition of dopamine in the pathogenesis of duodenal ulceration in animal models & man. Subsequently, he demonstrated for the first time the potent ulcer healing effect of angiogenic growth factors which on molar basis 2-7 million times more potent than antisecretory or anti-H. pylori drugs. His laboratory also published the first gene expression & gene therapy results in duodenal ulceration.
So far, he has 235 original, peer-review publications (several in the best scientific journals like Nature, Science, PNAS, BBRC, JAMA, Lancet, J. Clin. Invest., Lab. Invest., Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Am. J. Pathol., J. Pharm. Sci., J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther.), 55 review articles, 37 book chapters, 5 books edited, & 241 invited lectures in North America, Europe, Asia & Australia as well as 9 approved patents, mostly for new GI ulcer drugs & one pending application. In teaching activities, he was course director for general pathology at Harvard Medical School & was teaching GI & endocrine pathology as well as courses in public health & toxicology at Harvard & UCI.
He was associate master at one of the 5 student academic societies at Harvard Medical School (i.e., at Peabody Society) & initiated the establishment of similar student academic societies at UCI to promote small-group teaching & flip classroom techniques. In 2013 he initiated the annual week-long international Summer Schools on Stress (https://www.stresseducation.org ) that has been held at various universities over the world, e.g., Hungary, Croatia, France, Slovakia, Japan & Russia.
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 Science
PhD in Biochemistry, Master of Science in Biochemistry, and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, National Southern University, Argentina.
Hugo Arias obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1990 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.
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 of Pharmaceutical Science in the proposed School of Pharmacy, American University of Health Sciences.
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 of Pharmaceutical Science
PhD University of Missouri Kansas-City, MO, USA
BS, 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 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 developed skills in analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical data analysis, pharmaceutics, engineering material science, and biotechnology.
In addition, Dr. Ngo conducted research in drug delivery system such as development of a topical anti-HIV/AIDS microbicide. He also developed a safe, versatile oral drug delivery system for poorly water-soluble drugs. For this, he obtained a United State utility patent. Dr. Ngo has volunteered as an American Association Pharmaceutical Scientist (AAPS) abstract screener since 2017. In addition, Dr Ngo received many travel awards to present his work at international meetings. Dr. Ngo published 4 first authored articles including 3 peer reviewed research articles.
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 of Pharmaceutical Science
B.Sc. (Medical), B.Ed., M.Sc. (Life Sciences), M.Phil. (Neuropharmacology), Ph.D. (Neurosciences) Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India.
Dr. Lakhman has more than 15 years of experience in academic, research and teaching in different schools of pharmacy. After earning his Ph. D. degree from Guru Nanak Dev University, he started working as postdoctoral fellow and later as Instructor/ Research Scientist in the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. During his tenure at SUNY Buffalo he worked in different areas of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has also worked in and was a founding faculty of D’Youville College School of Pharmacy prior to joining American University of Health Sciences.
He is reviewer of various peer review Journals such a Pharmacogenomics, Pharmaceutical Research, Biogerontology, etc. He has research expertise in the various area such as Pharmacokinetic, Pharmacodynamics, Molecular Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics as is apparent from his peer reviewed publications. And has published more than 25 research articles in prestigious journals like Pharmacogenomics, Molecular Pharmacology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Drug metabolism and Disposition, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Brain research etc. He extends is role beyond teacher to serve as volunteer member in Clean air Coalition, Worked as volunteer in a soap kitchen- “Friends of the Night”, Volunteer in the Great Lakes Consortium etc.
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.