Explorers and Scholars Program
The Saint Joseph’s University Explorers and Scholars in Science Program allows highly qualified first-year students to gain valuable research skills and apply theoretical principles learned in class to practical problems in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology/toxicology.
Selected students conduct eight weeks (224 hours) of full-time research with a faculty mentor during the summer following their first undergraduate year at Saint Joseph's. The program includes a stipend award of $2,240. At the end of the research experience, scholars will present their research findings to faculty, graduate students and fellow undergraduate researchers at a summer research symposium.
Eligibility and Application
Based on outstanding academic achievement in high school, first-year students admitted into the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology and toxicology programs will be automatically evaluated for the program. A letter of invitation will be included in your acceptance materials. Participation is voluntary and you need not make a final decision until October of your first year.
Candidates for the program will have high SAT/ACT scores and an excellent academic record in high school. All participants will be expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their first academic year.
Faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences conduct research in a wide range of specialties. Research with a specific faculty member is contingent upon the availability of space within that laboratory. Below is information about our faculty and their research interests.
|Faculty Member||Research Area|
|Adeboye Adejare, PhD||Medicinal chemistry, drugs to treat neurodegeneration|
|Bin Chen, PhD||Cancer research, photo dynamic therapy|
|Anil D'mello, PhD||Pharmacokinetics, microencapsulation of enzymes for the treatment of inborn errors or metabolism|
|Pardeep Gupta, PhD||Pharmaceutics, nanoparticle-based protein delivery system|
|Peter J. Harvison, PhD||Toxicology, drug metabolism of compounds with cyclic imide rings|
|Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD||Cancer research, biomarkers for cancer therapy and diagnosis|
|Kamal Jonnalagadda, PhD||Pharmaceutics, biodegradable polymers for drug delivery and tissue engineering|
|Zhiyu Li, PhD||Cancer research, engineered biotherapeutic proteins for targeted drug delivery|
|Isabelle Mercier, PhD||Cancer research, therapies for hormone refractory tumors|
|Clyde M. Ofner, PhD||Pharmaceutics, formulation and delivery of anticancer therapeutics|
|Asha Suryanarayanan, PhD||Neuroscience, function of alcohol-induced ion channel on animal behavior|
|Ruy Tchao, PhD||Cancer Research, cancer cell motility and invasion|
|Shanaz Tejani-Butt, PhD||Neuroscience, neuropsychopharmacology of depressive illness|
|Jason Wallach, PhD||Medicinal chemistry, neurotransmitter analogues to treat substance disorders|