New Leaders

PURSUE GREATNESS is a bold idea we have adopted at the UF College of Pharmacy. It embodies our college’s approach to advancing science through research, training future pharmacy leaders through education and pioneering clinical innovations to improve patient care. To achieve greatness, we need world-class faculty with the expertise and motivation to shape the future of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. That’s why we have aggressively recruited some of the nation’s most-respected researchers, clinicians and educators to lead our pursuit.

These are the newest faculty hires in the UF College of Pharmacy since July 2016.

Department Chair


Pharmacodynamics

Lance McMahon, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Lance McMahon, PhD, Chair and Professor of Pharmacodynamics

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $9 million career research dollars awarded
  • 81 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 5 students mentored
  • 9 book chapters
  • 1 patent
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Texas Health San Antonio
    Alma Mater
    PhD: Texas A&M University, College Station
    MS: Texas A&M University, College Station
    BA: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

     

    Endowed Professors


    medicinal chemistry

    Chengguo (Chris) Xing, Ph.D.

    Professor and Frank A. Duckworth Eminent Scholar Chair

    Chengguo Xing, Professor, Pharmacy/Medicinal Chemistry

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $5.6 million career research dollars awarded
  • 80 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 33 students mentored
  • 12 patents
  • Jointly funded by the UF Health Cancer Center
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    Alma Mater
    PhD: Arizona State University
    BS: Dalian University of Technology

     

    Medicinal chemistry

    Chenglong Li, Ph.D.

    Nicholas Bodor Professor in Drug Discovery; Graduate Coordinator

    Chenglong Li, Professor, Pharmacy/Medicinal Chemistry

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $11.4 million career research dollars awarded
  • 127 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 27 students mentored
  • 1 book chapter
  • 7 patents
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    Alma Mater
    PhD: Biophysics with a minor in organic chemistry, Cornell University
    MSc: Physical Chemistry, Beijing University
    BSc: Chemistry, Beijing University

     

    Professors


    Medicinal chemistry

    Christopher McCurdy, Ph.D.

    Professor; Director of UF Translational Drug Development Core

    Christopher McCurdy

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $10 million career research dollars awarded
  • 100 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 120 students mentored (including PharmD and undergraduate)
  • 5 book chapters
  • 4 patents
  • Jointly funded by the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Mississippi
    Alma Mater
    PhD: The University of Georgia
    BSPh: Ohio Northern University

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Kalen Manasco, Pharm.D.

    Clinical Professor

    Kalen Manasco headshot

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 15 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 60 students mentored (including PharmD and residency)
  • 3 book chapters
  • Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
  • Jointly funded by UF Health Shands Hospital
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Georgia
    Residency
    Pediatric Specialty Residency, Medical University of South Carolina
    Pharmacy Practice Residency, UF Health Shands Hospital
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: University of Georgia
    BS: University of Georgia

     

    Pharmacodynamics

    Daohong Zhou, M.D.

    Professor

    Daohong Zhou headshot

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $10 million career research awards
  • 110 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 3 book chapters
  • 10 students mentored
  • 10 patent applications pending review
  • Jointly funded by the UF Health Cancer Center
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    Alma Mater
    MD: Yunyang Medical College
    MS: Henan Medical University

     

    Associate Professors


    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Teresa Cavanaugh, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

    Teresa Cavanaugh, Phd, Pharmacy.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $71,000 career research dollars awarded
  • 16 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 18 invited presentations
  • 1 student mentored
  • Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Cincinnati
    Residency
    PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, The University Hospital, Cincinnati
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: University of Cincinnati
    MS: University of Cincinnati

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Therapy

    Christina DeRemer, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Christina E. DeRemer, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 35 invited presentations
  • 14 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
  • Jointly funded by the UF College of Medicine Department of Community Health and Family Medicine
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    Augusta University Medical Center
    Residency
    Ambulatory Care Specialty, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System
    Pharmacy Practice, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    David DeRemer, Pharm.D., BCOP

    Clinical Associate Professor

    David DeRemer headshot

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 21 invited presentations
  • 29 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Board-Certified Oncology Pharmacist
  • Jointly funded by the UF Health Cancer Center
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
    Fellowship
    Drug Discovery, University of Kentucky
    Residency
    Oncology Residency, University of Kentucky
    Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Kentucky
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: University of Kentucky
    BS: University of Kentucky

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Danxin Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Danxin Wang, School of Pharmacy, Associate Professor

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $2.9 million career research dollars awarded
  • 62 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 5 students mentored
  • 8 patents
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine
    Fellowship
    University of California San Francisco
    Alma Mater
    PhD: Academy of Military Medical Sciences
    MD: Fudan University
    MS: Fudan University

     

    Medicinal Chemistry

    Guangrong Zheng, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Guangrong Zheng

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $4 million career research dollars awarded
  • 74 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 5 students mentored
  • 7 issued patents, 9 pending applications
  • Jointly funded by the UF Health Cancer Center
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    Alma Mater
    PhD: Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica
    BS: Fudan University

     

    Assistant Professors


    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    John M. Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    John Allen headshot

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 11 peer-reviewed journal article
  • 23 invited presentations
  • 10 students mentored (including PharmD and residency)
  • 1 book chapter
  • Board-Certified Critical Care Pharmacist
  • Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    Division Director of Infectious Diseases Pharmacy, HCA West Florida
    University of South Florida
    Auburn University
    Residency
    Critical Care Specialty Residency, Tampa General Hospital
    Pharmacy Practice Residency, Tampa General Hospital
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: Florida A&M University

     

    Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy

    Joshua Brown, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Josh Brown headshot

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $500,000 career research dollars awarded
  • 37 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 5 student mentored
  • Jointly funded by the UF Institute on Aging
  • CREDENTIALS
    Alma Mater
    PhD: University of Kentucky
    PharmD: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    MS: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    BS: University of Arkansas

     

    Medicinal Chemistry

    Lina Cui, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Lina Cui, Assistant Professor College of Pharmacy, Dept of Med Chem

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $2.5 million career research dollars awarded
  • 20 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 26 student mentored
  • 2 book chapters
  • 4 patents
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of New Mexico
    Alma Mater
    PhD: University of Alberta
    BSc: Nankai University
    NOTABLE AWARDS
    NIH R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA)
    Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) PRCRP Career Development Award

     

    Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy

    Vakaramoko (Karam) Diaby, Ph.D., M.Sc.

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Karam Diaby, UF Pharmacy Faculty, College of Pharmacy

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $55,000 career research dollars awarded
  • 26 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 8 student mentored
  • 2 book chapters
  • 1 patent (in progress)
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    Florida A&M University
    Alma Mater
    PhD: Université de Montréal
    MSc: Université de Montréal
    BS: Faculty of Science and Technology, Hassan II Mohammadia University (Morocco)

     

    Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy

    Wei-Hsuan (Jenny) Lo-Ciganic, Ph.D., M.S.

    Assistant Professor

    Jenny Lo Ciganic

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $1 million career research dollars awarded
  • 10 student mentored
  • 27 book chapters
  • NOTABLE AWARDS

  • 2017 U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative/Bone and Joint Canada Young Investigators Initiative (YII) Grant Mentoring and Career Development Program Awardee
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of Arizona
    Alma Mater
    PhD: University of Pittsburgh
    MS: University of Pittsburgh
    MSPharm: National Cheng Kung University
    BS: National Taiwan University

     

    Pharmaceutics

    Bartolome Moya, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Bartolome Moya Canellas

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $10 million career research dollars awarded
  • 23 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 30 student mentored
  • NOTABLE AWARDS

  • 2013 and 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award, University of the Balearic Islands
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    University of the Balearic Islands
    Alma Mater
    PhD: University of the Balearic Islands
    MSc: University of the Balearic Islands
    BSc: University of the Balearic Islands

     

    Pharmaceutics

    Valvanera Vozmediano, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Valva Vozmediano

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $5.5 million career research dollars awarded
  • 13 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 7 student mentored
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    Dynakin, S.L.
    Alma Mater
    PhD: University of Basque Country
    BS: University of Basque Country

     

    Pharmacodynamics

    Brandon Warren, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Brandon Warren

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $820,000 career research dollars awarded
  • 25 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 3 student mentored
  • 1 book chapter
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    Alma Mater
    PhD: Florida State University
    MS: Florida State University
    BSc: Florida State University

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Meghan J. Arwood, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Meghan Arwood

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
  • CREDENTIALS
    Fellowship
    Translational Pharmacogenomics, University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Florida
    Residency
    PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Florida
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: University of Florida
    BS: University of Florida

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Christopher T. Campbell, Pharm.D., BCPPS

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Christoper Campbell, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy, PTR

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 10 students mentored (including residency)
  • Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacist
  • Jointly funded by UF Health Shands Hospital
  • CREDENTIALS
    Residency
    PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency, Georgia Regents Medical Center and the University of Georgia
    PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Georgia Regents Medical Center and the University of Georgia
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: Northeastern University
    BS: Northeastern University

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Anthony M. Casapao, Pharm.D., M.P.H.

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Anthony Casapao

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • $85,000 career research dollars awarded
  • 15 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 70 students mentored (including residency)
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    Husson University School of Pharmacy
    Fellowship
    Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Research Fellowship, Wayne State University
    Residency
    Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Pharmacy Practice Residency, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: Wingate University
    MPH: Harvard University
    BS: Midwestern University-Glendale

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Emily Cicali, Pharm.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Emily Cicali

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • 15 students mentored (including residency)
  • CREDENTIALS Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Pharmacogenomics, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
    Residency
    PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Geriatric Personalized Medicine & Targeted Therapeutics, CareKinesis Inc.
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
    BS: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Stacey Curtis, Pharm.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Stacey Curtis

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 10 invited presentations
  • 20 years of community pharmacy experience
  • 50 students mentored
    4 book chapters
  • NOTABLE AWARDS

  • UF Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (2019–20)
  • CREDENTIALS
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: University of Florida
    PharmBS: Florida A&M University

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Eric Dietrich, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Eric Dietrich

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2 invited presentations
  • 14 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
  • Certified Professional Coder Apprentice, American Academy of Professional Coders
  • NOTABLE AWARDS

  • UF College of Pharmacy Exemplary Clinician Award
  • CREDENTIALS
    Fellowship
    Family Medicine, University of Florida
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: University of Florida

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Alex Ebied, Pharm.D., BCCCP

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Alex Ebied

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  • 1 peer-reviewed journal article
  • 3 students mentored
  • Board-Certified Critical Care Pharmacist
  • NOTABLE AWARDS

  • APhA Generation RX Region 1 Award (2013)
  • United States Public Health Award (2013)
  • CREDENTIALS
    Residency
    PGY1 Pharmacy Practice, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: Long Island University, New York

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Eric F. Egelund, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Eric Egelund

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 19 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine
  • NOTABLE AWARDS

  • UF College of Pharmacy Outstanding Teaching Team, Year 1
  • CREDENTIALS
    Alma Mater
    PhD: University of Florida
    PharmD: University of Florida
    BS: University of West Florida

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Bethany Shoulders, Pharm.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Bethany Shoulders

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 peer-reviewed journal article
  • 4 students mentored
  • Board-Certified Critical Care Pharmacist
  • Jointly funded by UF Health Shands Hospital
  • CREDENTIALS
    Residency
    PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    BS: Freed-Hardeman University

     

    Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

    Kathryn J. Smith, Pharm.D., BCACP

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Kathryn Smith

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1 peer-reviewed journal article
  • 4 students mentored
  • Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
  • NOTABLE AWARDS

  • UF College of Pharmacy Teaching and Service Incentive Award
  • UF College of Pharmacy PROSPER Teaching Innovation and Improvement Award
  • CREDENTIALS
    Residency
    PGY1 Clinical Community Pharmacy Residency, Cub Pharmacy/SUPERVALU Inc. and the University of Minnesota
    Alma Mater
    PharmD: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    BS: Wheaton College, Illinois

     

    Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy

    Scott Vouri, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Scott Vouri

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 433,000 career research dollars awarded
  • 28 peer-reviewed journal article
  • 19 students mentored
  • 3 book chapters
  • NOTABLE AWARDS

  • 2016 Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology – Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences KL2 Career Development Awards Program
  • CREDENTIALS
    Previous Institution
    St. Louis College of Pharmacy
    Alma Mater
    PhD: St. Louis University
    MS: Washington University
    PharmD: Butler University