JoEllyn McMillan, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health
College of Public Health and Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience
College of Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Summary


Professional Interests

My role in the College of Public Health is in the area of graduate education. I direct a basic toxicology course for both online and campus-based students in the Masters of Public Health Program. I also direct basic and advanced toxicology courses for students in the Environmental Health and Toxicology Doctoral Program in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health. 

My primary role in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience is in education. My focus in education is two-fold. The first is to develop novel educational methods to assist students in learning basic pharmacological concepts for students in Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions programs. The second is to help provide guided discussions for graduate students in Neuroscience to develop skills to critically evaluate and interpret the literature and to use these skills to formulate new approaches in their scientific investigations. 

My research interests have been in the fields of toxicology and development of long-acting drugs for chronic infectious disease such as human immunodeficiency virus. I have used primary liver cells and whole animal rodent models to study mechanisms of liver toxicity of drugs and environmental chemicals such as acetaminophen and trichloroethylene. I have also collaborated with department, UNMC and national investigators with the goal of developing nanoformulations of antiretroviral drugs to provide extended and targeted therapeutic drug concentrations. I have worked with cell culture and animal model systems to understand the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of long-acting prodrug nanoformulations of existing antiretroviral drugs. 

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