School of
Pharmacy

Our faculty and researchers are active in patents, publications, presentations, editorial boards, professional organizations and grant review study panels.

The state-of-the-art research we support attracts a diverse community of graduate students in both basic and clinical research.

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Faculty Research (currently under construction)

Hari Bhat

Professor
Email: bhath@umkc.edu
Dr. Bhat has so far received more than 10 million dollars in grant funding as a principal investigator and as a co-investigator. His research interests include: a) elucidating the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of breast cancer, b) characterizing the role of oxidative stress in breast cancer progression, c) developing new chemotherapeutic agents for prevention/inhibition of breast and potentially other cancers, and d) therapeutic use of antioxidants in prevention of other diseases including HIV/neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Bhat has published in high impact journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cancer Research, Circulation, Carcinogenesis and Environmental Health Perspectives.

Kun Cheng

Curators' Distinguished Professor
Email: chengkun@umkc.edu

My research focuses on following areas:

  • Discovery of novel therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Drug delivery through the blood-brain barrier (BBB)
  • Discovery of peptide-based checkpoint inhibitors for cancer immunotherapy
  • Development of targeted drug delivery systems for macromolecules
  • Discovery of molecular ligands for imaging, diagnosis, and targeted drug delivery
  • Development of anti-tumor prodrugs for improving target-ability and efficiency
  • Development of novel therapeutics for liver diseases

Research News

“I want to take what I learned to improve my teaching, better serve my patients and establish a new clinical trial. I’m still doing the background review, but I was inspired by a lot of the work and things that I learned at Harvard Medical School.”

Diana Tamer, Pharm.D., BCOP

Clinical Assistant Professor