I joined the College of Pharmacy in February 2011. I have enjoyed being able to teach, conduct research and contribute toward establishing a new College of Pharmacy. A pharmacist is the chemical expert of the healthcare team. My background in medicinal chemistry allows me to prepare students to meet this role and relate the chemical properties of drugs to therapeutic decision-making. My research focuses on the development of dual inhibitors of aurora kinase A and epidermal growth factor receptor kinase as novel anticancer agents. Another area of interest has been structure-based design of novel HIV integrase inhibitors.