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Office of Research

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Office of Research

The Office of Research aims to develop basic and clinical science research to reach the goal of establishing a university-wide translational research program. Our research program focuses on pharmaceutics, biotechnology, pharmacology, toxicology, microbiology, immunology, clinical, and outcomes research in various education and pharmacy practices.


  • Encourage and support faculty and student research activities.
  • Foster an environment of independent and collaborative scholarly endeavors.
  • Provide internal research funding to faculty and identify external funding opportunities.
  • Build institutional relationships with the research community.
  • Maintain and expand the research program within the College. 
  • Oversee the preparation of grant applications to fund research efforts of the College.
  • Advise faculty and students on institutional guidelines for conducting research within the College.
  • Lead faculty development initiatives around scholarly pursuits.
  • Mentor junior faculty in scholarly endeavors.
  • Promote the College’s scholarly achievements at the local, national, and global level.
  • Maintain an archive of research projects, scholarly activity, and relevant research awards and recognition.
  • Provide educational research opportunities through student workers, independent studies, and research assistants.



Abeer Al-Ghananeem, BS.Pharm., Ph.D.
Professor | Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Dean for Research, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Phone: (502) 413-8957


Sarah Baltzley
Lab Manager
Phone: (502) 413-2191

Recent Faculty Internal Grant Recipients

Principal Investigator


Grant Name



Katie Leslie

Lynn Fuller
Sarah Lisenby


Evaluation of Pharmacy Technician Immunization Administration in the Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign



Christian Castro

Dale English
Abbey Hardy
Cassandra Hobbs
Amanda Jett
Kelly Joy

Baseline Environmental Assessment of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Efforts at a Private Health Sciences University



Katie Leslie

Barriers and Facilitators in Access to Health Services among Free Clinic Patients



Art Cox

Design and Synthesis of Selective Serotonin Ligands



Julie Burris

Advancing the Practice of Pharmacy in Kentucky Through Protocol-Driven Care: Acute Group A Strep and Influenza Infections



Recent External Institutional Cost Sharing Grants


Faculty collaborator

Institutional Collaboration(s)

Funding Agency

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Katie Leslie (Co-PI)

University of Louisville 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Team Kentucky Flip the Pharmacy

Cassandra Hobbs, 
Katie Leslie


University of Kentucky, American Pharmacy Services Corporation

Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN)/ Community Pharmacy Foundation

Hypertension Management Program

Cassandra Hobbs

Kentucky Department for Public Health, Family Health Centers Inc., University of Louisville

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)