Dr. Suhui Yang

Suhui Yang, PhD

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.

Dr. Amir Shirazi

Amir Shirazi, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Science


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


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.

Dr. Tracy Toler

Tracy Toler, PharmD

Assistant Professor


PharmD, St. John’s University, Queens, New York.


Dr. Tracy Toler, PharmD is a faculty member with the AUHS School of Pharmacy Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences. She has been a pharmacist since 2010 and her career has been focused on community pharmacy, clinical services development, ambulatory care, and pharmacy management.

Dr. Toler graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John’s University. She has certification in Immunization Delivery, Medication Therapy Management, Diabetes Care, and Travel Medicine from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the California Pharmacists Association. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in her community, cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors here in Southern California.

Dr. Elaine Nguyen

Elaine Nguyen, PharmD

Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences/Professor


PharmD, Western University of Health Science, Pomona, CA; B.S. in Biological Science, University of CA, Irvine CA.


Dr. Elaine Nguyen joined American University of Health Sciences with over 6 years of community practice experience. Dr. Nguyen earned her PharmD from Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) and BS from UC Irvine. Upon graduation, she started her PGY1 community pharmacy practice training at WesternU and Ralphs Pharmacy where she rotated through a variety of community and ambulatory pharmacy practices providing clinical service activities. Prior to joining AUHS, Dr. Nguyen also worked with independent pharmacies in developing and implementing policies and procedures for new clinical programs and regulatory compliance. She currently serves as a board member for the Orange County Pharmacists Association.

Haregewein Assefa

Haregewein Assefa, PhD, RPh

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions/Professor


BS in Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; PhD University of Mississippi, Mississippi; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Tennessee Health Science, Tennessee.


Dr. Haregewein Assefa joined the American University of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy with more than 17 years of teaching and almost seven years of industrial experience. She is also registered in the state of Massachusetts to practice pharmacy. Dr. Assefa earned a bachelor of science in Pharmacy from Addis Ababa University, School of Pharmacy in Ethiopia and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy. Following her graduation from the University of Mississippi, she joined the College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center as a postdoctoral fellow and worked on various therapeutic areas including cancer and HIV-AIDs. In 2002, Dr. Assefa was hired by Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc; a Boston based company dedicated to developing new therapies for various infectious diseases. At Paratek, she worked productively for almost seven years as a research scientist and independently designed and synthesized highly potent antimicrobial agents. One of these compounds Seysara™ (Sarecycline) has now been approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe acne.

In January 2010, Dr. Assefa joined Touro College of Pharmacy, New York where she taught various integrated and standalone courses. Leveraging her experience in drug discovery and development, she also developed and taught an elective in drug discovery and development so that students have knowledge of the drug discovery and development process as well as a broader perspective in career choices. In addition, Dr. Assefa served in various committees of the college including admissions, assessment, curriculum, promotions and academic appeals. Most notably, she served as a member of the admissions committee for eight years and chaired the committee for four years. She also attended several AACP admission workshops and is well versed with the PharmCAS application and admission process. She is an ACPE site evaluator with hands-on experience in comprehensive site evaluations for reaccreditation. Dr. Assefa was a faculty advisor to the student industry pharmacists organization (IPHO) and she is a member of the National Chapter Advisor committee. During her tenure at Touro, she mentored a number of students and developed a good rapport with students, faculty and staff. She is a highly dedicated educator and believes in a holistic approach to education.