The Institute for Drug Education and Research

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Professor and IDER Director Diana S-L. Chow, Ph.D., is shown in her lab at UHCOP's Texas Medical Center campus with her former doctoral student Yulan Qi, Ph.D., who now works as a pharmaco-kineticist in the pharmaceutical industry.

The mission of the Institute for Drug Education and Research is to serve as a vehicle to educate Ph.D. and Pharm.D./Ph.D. students and postdoctoral associates specifically in the areas of drug delivery and pre-clinical/clinical pharmacokinetics; perform translation research in the development of drug delivery systems for anticancer agents and drugs for other indications; and provide consultation services to the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and research institutions.

The primary research focus of IDER is in nanotechnology for cancer therapy, using approaches of nanoparticles, microemulsions, liposomes and other platforms, through injectable, implantable, oral and transdermal deliveries.

The scopes of research embrace pre-formulation, formulation, in vitro assessments (stability, drug release and transdermal permeation, cytotoxicity in cancer cell lines, etc.) and in vivo pharmacokinetic/ pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) evaluations in animal models, using conventional monitoring techniques and/or microdialysis.

Housed in the college's Texas Medical Center Campus, the IDER offers expertise in pharmaceutical formulations to effectively deliver the active agents for pre-clinical and clinical evaluations, as well as PK/PD evaluation services for translational research.

Members

Director: Diana S-L. Chow, Ph.D.

Faculty:

Vishnu D. Gupta, Ph.D.
Romi Ghose, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty:

Dong Liang, Ph.D., Texas Southern University


For more information, please contact:

  Diana Chow, Ph.D.
  University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  Texas Medical Center Campus
  1441 Moursund
  Houston, TX 77030

  832-842-8308 or 832-842-8302
  dchow@uh.edu