UNMC INBRE Mentors-College of Pharmacy

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jered Garrison, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
E-mail: jcgarrison@unmc.edu

Research Interests: Dr. Garrison’s areas of specialties are:  targeted molecular imaging and radiotherapeutic agent design; development of cancer-specific prodrugs; and polymer based drug delivery.

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Sorin Luca, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
E-mail: sluca@unmc.edu

Research Interests: Dr. Luca's lab focuses on protein structure determination using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance. We are especially interested in the study of membrane proteins and amyloid fibrils that are involved in a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's, and infectious diseases. Because these proteins are very important drug targets, our long-term goal is to provide structural information that will help the rational design of new therapeutics and imaging markers. We are also interested in fundamental processes of biological membranes, such as the formation of lipid rafts and the budding of vesicles and viruses.

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Luis A. Marky, Ph.D.
E-mail: lmarkey@unmc.edu

Research Interests:  DNA can form structures other than the double helix that everybody learns about.  We are interested in the intramolecular factors and forces that control the structure of DNA molecules, especially more complex structures of DNA.  By doing this, we can contribute to the design of better drugs that bind to DNA for their effects.

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David Oupicky, PhD
Parke-Davis Professor and Co-Director
Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Email: david.oupicky@unmc.edu

Dr. Oupicky's research is in the broad area of nanomedicine with emphasis on the development of novel approaches to deliver drug combinations to better treat various diseases. Current research focus is on the design of multifunctional nanoparticles with applications in the treatment of metastatic cancer and inflammatory conditions like Crohn's disease.

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Jonathan L. Vennerstrom, Ph.D., Dr.Sc.
E-mail: jvenners@unmc.edu

Research Interests:  The research activity of Dr. Vennerstrom’s laboratory is focused on antimalarial drug design and synthesis and on the investigation of heme as a mechanistic intersection for antimalarial drugs.

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 Joseph Vetro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
E-mail: jvetro@unmc.edu

Research Interests:  Increasing the delivery of a drug to the site of disease can dramatically improve its effectiveness.   We are developing different types of nanosized drug carriers to 1) increase drug delivery to tumor blood vessels for more efficacious cancer treatments and 2) increase the delivery of antigens to dendritic cells to improve the efficacy of vaccines.  The student will be given a broad overview of drug delivery research from an analytical and philosophical perspective while performing a project in one of the above general areas.    

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