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Research Overview

Faculty and student researchers at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy help lead the country in making discoveries that improve lives. Our scientists and development programs in both environmental health and radiopharmaceuticals continue to earn national recognition. And with our rapidly growing clinical research initiative, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct research in your area of interest.

Research Projects

Join investigators who are dedicated to finding cures and effective treatments for some of humanity’s deadliest diseases and public health threats. You could contribute to our efforts to:

  • Develop cures and more effective treatments for breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.
  • Improve outcomes for stroke victims.
  • Understand and prevent prenatal and postnatal growth and neurocognitive deficits associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • Develop novel therapeutic approaches for infectious diseases.
  • Prevent coronary artery disease and eliminate congestive heart failure.
  • Examine the causes of and develop treatments for diseases linked to air pollutants, pesticides and tobacco smoke, as well as arsenic, uranium and other heavy metals.

During your education, enjoy opportunities to publish papers and travel to conferences to present your findings.

Innovation in Pharmaceutical Research

Learn from and work alongside the UNM College of Pharmacy’s visionaries. With a combined 33 U.S. patents and dozens of pending patent applications, our faculty researchers continuously innovate. These scientists:

  • Developed new, noninvasive tests and treatments for infectious diseases and certain cancers.
  • Discovered new methods for diagnosing and treating melanoma and measuring skin protection factor.
  • Found new ways to control chronic pain, wirelessly monitor medications and repurpose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Developed novel dry powders for inhaled and oral delivery of drugs and vaccines.
  • Study the health effects of contaminated dust from mine sites on the Navajo Nation.

Research Funding

Look forward to funding for your research projects. The UNM College of Pharmacy ranks 13th among 133 colleges of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding. We rank 21st in total extramural funding and 13th for total federal funding, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

The College also boasts three federally funded and nationally recognized programmatic center grants, with a fourth center award pending.

Funding Growth

Feel secure in your future as a researcher at our growing institution. Extramural research funding at the College exceeded $12.3 million in 2018, an increase of nearly 120 percent over funding just five years ago.

Other sponsors include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Heart Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.

Research Contacts

Ke Jian (Jim) Liu, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Office: 505-272-9546

Becky Woloszyn
Program Manager
Office: 505-272-1477

Luke Latterell
Sr. Grant Coordinator
Office: 505-272-1299