John V. Schloss, PhD

John V. Schloss, PhD

Chair of Pharmaceutical Science/Associate Dean of Research

Education

BS (University of Tulsa, 1973), PhD (University of Tennessee-Knoxville/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1978), NIH Postdoctoral Fellow-University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978-81

Bio

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.

Dr. Suhui Yang

Suhui Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Science

Education

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.

Bio

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.

Dr. Amir Shirazi

Amir Shirazi, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Science

Education

PharmD, Chapman University, CA; PhD, University of Rhode Island, RI; MSc in Organic Chemistry, Shiraz University, Iran; BSc Chemistry, Shiraz University, Iran.

Bio

Dr. Amir Shirazi serves as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at American University of Health Sciences. He holds both Pharm.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He has received his Doctoral Degree in Pharmacy from Chapman University School of Pharmacy in 2018. During his Pharm.D. studies, he had opportunities to work at CVS retail stores, Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, and Saint Jude Heritage Medical Group.

Prior to joining the Pharm.D. program, Dr. Shirazi served as a Research Fellow at Chapman University, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, and was an Associate Member of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC at Irvine Medical Center.

In addition to his Pharm.D. degree, he received a Doctoral Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in 2013. During his Ph.D. studies, he developed numerous drug delivery systems using peptide building blocks for various delivery applications. As a result of his research investigations, he was able to publish more than 50 research papers in prestigious journals in the field of pharmaceutical sciences which have been cited extensively by his peers.

Latifur Rahman

Latifur Rahman, MBBS

Assistant Professor, Medicine/Anatomy and Physiology

Education

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

Bio

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.

Rita Lim Wilby

Marguerita S. L. Lim-Wilby

Assistant Professor

Education

BPharm (honors) (University of London School of Pharmacy, 1984), PhD (University of London School of Pharmacy, 1989), Postdoctoral Fellowship DuPont/DuPont Merck, 1990-92

Bio

Dr Rita Lim-Wilby brings experience in discovery and development of novel pharmaceuticals and business development in support of the industry. She holds a PhD and a BPharm(HonsI) from the School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK, and has worked with diverse biopharmaceutical, scientific, and biomedical companies based domestically as well as in Germany and Japan.

In 2006, Dr. Lim-Wilby and the teams from Schering-Plough (now Merck) and Corvas International were recognized by the Research Council of New Jersey for boceprevir, the first-in-class oral cure for hepatitis C.

Dr. Lim-Wilby is from a multicultural, multiethnic, and multireligious society in Malaysia. She has served on the boards of the Susan G. Komen chapter in San Diego, Wormfree World, the San Diego World Affairs Council, and the San Diego International Affairs Board. She is a Past President of San Diego International Sister Cities and has founded a non-profit for career development of scientists and engineers.