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N. Mallikarjuna Reddy
N. Mallikarjuna Reddy
Post Doctoral Fellow
(949) 247-6102
N Mallikarjuna Reddy joined the Chapman University School of Pharmacy as a Postdoctoral Fellow in March 2014 after submitting his PhD thesis in organic chemistry at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH), Hyderabad, India.
After completion of MSc Organic Chemistry, Dr. Reddy qualified in the CSIR-JRF national level test conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India. He joined as a Junior Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, a reputed institution in India. During his Ph.D. work, he synthesised various biologically active natural products.
Dr. Reddy was involved in the synthesis of natural products by using Prins cyclization reaction and was actively participated in the synthesis of various pheromone components. He has authored and co-authored eleven peer-reviewed research publications.
Naglaa Salem
Naglaa Salem
Visiting Researcher and Scholar
(401)- 212-6720
Naglaa Salem joined the Chapman University School of Pharmacy at as an Affiliated Student Researcher in March 2014. She has been working on her PhD project under the supervision of Dr. Keykavous Parang since January 2013. Salem received her MSc in synthetic organic chemistry from the University Cairo in 2010. Previously she worked as a research assistant at National Research Centre, Giza, Egypt.
Salem’s research is focused on the synthesis and structure activity relationship of novel heterocyclic compounds for evaluation as antimicrobial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory agents. She uses microwave-assisted synthesis to increase the reaction rate, yield, and purity. Previously she worked on chemical modifications of cellulose derivatives to improve their ability for heavy metal adsorption from aqueous solutions. Currently, her research is focused on chemical modification of water soluble chitosan and cellulose acetate and their application in the field of drug delivery and pharmaceutical formulations. Furthermore, she is involved in the synthesis of linear and cyclic peptides as a drug delivery systems and designing of new drug-peptide conjugates for efficient and targeted drug delivery to the cancer cells.
Amir N.  Shirazi, PhD
Amir N. Shirazi, PhD
Research Associate
(401) 874-7652
Dr. Amir Nasrolahi Shirazi joined the Chapman University School of Pharmacy as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in September, 2013. He received his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island in August 2013.
Shirazi’s research documents the potential of nano-sized peptide-drug conjugates that could be used for different applications in pharmaceutical sciences. He is involved in several areas of pharmaceutical research including (1) Development of new nano drug delivery systems (DDS); (2) Development of novel prodrugs and multifunctional anticancer agents for improving ADME properties; (3) Design and evaluation of new peptide-based kinase inhibitors, and (4) Evaluation of anticancer activity of compounds by cell-based assays. Shirazi has a strong background in chemistry and biology.
Shirazi has received numerous awards at the University of Rhode Island, such as Graduate School Tuition Scholarship (2012), College of Pharmacy Graduate Student Research Excellence Award (2012), Enhancement of Graduate Research Awards (EGRA, 2010, 2011, and 2012), College of Pharmacy Foundation Award (2011), and College of Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment (2012). In May 2013, Dr. Shirazi was recognized as an outstanding researcher by the Department of Research and Economic Development at University of Rhode Island and awarded 2013 Graduate Research & Scholarship Excellence Award in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Shirazi has authored or co-authored more than 27 peer-reviewed research publications. He has also presented his research in more than 20 national and international scientific meetings. He is a member of American Chemical Society.
Ramendra K. Singh, MSc, PhD
Ramendra K. Singh, MSc, PhD
Fulbright Fellow
(657) 221 8321
Dr. Ramendra K. Singh joined the Chapman University School of Pharmacy as Fulbright Fellow in March, 2014. He is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India.
Dr. Singh earned his MSc in Chemistry in 1981 and his PhD degree in 1986 from the University of Allahabad, India followed by postdoctoral study in Japan for three years in the field of DNA/RNA solution and solid phase synthesis and biophysical studies. He also earned a Diploma in Organic Chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. Later on he joined the Department of Chemistry, University of Allahabad as permanent Lecturer in 1997. He has guided eight Ph. D. students and about two dozen PG students.
Dr. Singh’s research interest reflects a nice blend of trajectory of advance research in organic, bio-organic and medicinal chemistry seeking problem to human diseases, like AIDS, cervical cancer, Japanese encephalitis fever, and other microbial diseases. He utilizes nucleosides, nucleotides and oligonucleotides and some natural products as antibacterial and antiviral therapeutic agents against the human diseases caused by microbial pathogens. He has a keen interest in drug development and drug delivery utilizing prodrugs/conjugates of biocompatible molecules, like amino acids, peptides, fatty acids, etc. His other research interest involves the development of fluorescent oligonucleotides as tools in molecular biology and diagnostics. He has visited the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Warsaw, Poland for six months in 2010-11, in pursuance of his research interest. He is an author of 54 peer-reviewed publications and 101 symposia/conference abstracts in addition to one patent pending clearance.
Dr. Singh is an Editorial Board member of the journals, like Journal of Clinical Research in HIV AIDS Prevention, American Journal of Biomedical Research, and HIV: Advance Research and Development, and a member of Board of Reviewers for more than a dozen journals. He also serves as Member, Committee on Pre-clinical Research on Microbicides, Member, Expert Committee on “Natural Products Consortium” and Member, Grant Committee and Project Evaluation, DBT-ICMR, New Delhi.