Faculty & Staff | School of Pharmacy

Professor & Dean, School of Pharmacy

The Dean is the chief administrative and academic officer of the School of Pharmacy and provides leadership to support conducive teaching, learning, and research endeavors at the School and assists faculty, staff, and students in achieving their professional and academic goals.

Reza Karimi's interest areas include assessment and educational research and outcomes; pharmacy practice, proteases biochemistry, and the role of antibiotics on bacterial protein synthetic machinery.

Assistant Professor

Steve Arendt's entire professional career has been in pharmaceutical care delivery in acute care setting and pharmacy administration/management.

Assistant Professor

Danielle Backus, PharmD, RPh, CGP is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy, whose interest areas include: tobacco cessation, antimicrobial stewardship in long-term care, chronic disease management in the elderly, increasing the quality of life for older adults

Executive Assistant to the Dean

The Executive Assistant to the Dean provides daily administrative support to the Dean in the development and implementation of policies, organizational development, project management, financial analysis, and budget compliance.  Other responsibilities include supporting the Dean in public relations and community outreach.

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Assistant Professor

John Begert's areas of interest include chronic disease states, community outreach, underserved populations, ambulatory and community pharmacy services, and preceptor development. 

Coordinator for Experiential Education

The Coordinator for Experiential Education assists the Director for Experiential Education in the development and maintenance of the Advanced and Introductory Experiential program in the School of Pharmacy.

Associate Professor

Bridget Bradley's interest areas include psychopharmacology, geriatric psychopharmacology, hospice and palliative care, implementation of pharmacist-run medication management in an outpatient psychiatric population, underserved patient populations, and pharmacy student and resident education and precepting.

Associate Professor

Dr. Buhler has a specialization in neuropharmacology. Interest areas include the neuroscience of pain modulation and mental illness. Current laboratory research focuses on neuronal circuits involved in the modulation of pain. Dr. Buhler welcomes undergraduate and pharmacy students in her lab.

Assistant Professor

My research interests are centered on how the human pathogen Leishmania donovani interacts with its host environment to acquire essential nutrients for its growth and viability. 

Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, Assistant Professor

The Assistant Dean for Experiential Education (ADEE) is responsible for the oversight of experiential education at the School, including site placements, preceptor development, and management of student issues and preceptor concerns.

Dr. Cleven's areas of interest include pharmacy practice, women’s health, obesity, student and preceptor development.

Affiliate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Residency Studies

Sarah Deines is the clinical pharmacy services manager and PGY1 Community Residency Program Director at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Hillsboro, Oregon.


Leslie L. Devaud's primary interest is in the neurobiological basis for alcohol dependence and withdrawal with a focus on brain and behavioral sex differences in response to alcohol.

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Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Practice, Associate Professor

The Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Practice (ADPP) supervises and provides guidance and mentorship to Pharmacy Practice faculty members in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and professional and clinical services.  The ADPP supervises the Experiential Education program and is actively engaged in the pharmacy community, developing meaningful relationships which further the mission of the School of Pharmacy.

Ian C. Doyle specializes in renal transplant pharmacotherapy. He is the Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Practice and an Associate Professor for Pacific's PharmD program.

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Associate Professor

Fawzy A. Elbarbry's research involves minimizing toxicity and drug interactions of xenobiotics by better understanding their effect on drug metabolizing enzymes.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Espiritu received his PhD in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii. He taught recitation and laboratory courses in biochemistry at the University of Hawaii for four years. The focus of his dissertation work was the study of unique structural properties of venomous peptides which contain analgesic activity. In July 2017 he began his postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Drs. John Harrelson and Fawzy Elbarbry. 

Assistant Professor

Sarah Jane Faro is an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy who specializes in Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Palliative Care, Parenteral Nutrition Support, Acute Care Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacogenetics, continuing professional development (CPD) and interprofessional education.

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Director of Post-Graduate Training, Associate Professor

Melanie P. Foeppel is director of post-graduate training in the School of Pharmacy.

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Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Professor

The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) is responsible for the oversight of student affairs (co-curricular student activities, student issues, student senate and student organizations) within the school. Additionally, the ADSA manages the admissions process, student matriculation, faculty guidance regarding service and student advising.

Jeff Fortner's research interests include pharmaceutical compounding, patient-centered care in the community setting, and pharmacist provided clinical services.

Assistant Professor

Maddie Fry is an alumnus of Pacific University School of Pharmacy and proud member of the Pacific University pharmacy family. 

Assistant Professor

Since graduating from pharmacy school, Ryan Gibbard has worked in a variety of acute care settings including critical care, hematology/oncology, adult internal medicine, and pharmacy informatics.

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Associate Professor

John P. Harrelson studies the interpatient variability in drug toxicity and response to therapy.

Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant manages School of Pharmacy sponsored events and general communications with program, and provides varying administrative support to students, faculty (including adjuncts), and administration including office operations and admissions.

Coordinator for Experiential Advancement

Dr. Hoang serves as the Coordinator for Experiential Education & Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon.  He serves on the HealthNet Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee.  He has served as a pharmacy manager and community pharmacist for 3 years in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon.   He has served as part of the Clark College Pharmacy Technician Advisory Committee.  He has worked on various healthcare projects for Horizon Continuing Medical Education (CME) Pharmacy.

Coordinator for Program Operations

The Coordinator for Program Operations (CPO) reports to the Executive Assistant to the Dean and will assist in the operations of the various offices within the Pacific University School of Pharmacy.

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Assistant Dean for Academics and Assessment, Associate Professor

The Assistant Dean of Academics and Assessment (ADAA) is the academic administrator who oversees curricular and programmatic assessment initiatives within the School, while providing strengths-focused leadership and support in instructional design, teaching development, assessment of student learning, accreditation, interprofessional education and mentorship to assist faculty, post-graduate learners, staff and pharmacy students in fulfilling the School’s mission.

Dr. Low describes herself as a lifelong learner who encourages deep learning and application in a creative and safe environment.

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Associate Professor

Kristine B. Marcus is interested in drug information/drug policy, women's health, general medicine and general surgery, infectious diseases, pharmacy law and ethics, and more.

Director of Curricular Operations

The Director of Curricular Operations assists faculty and staff in providing training and assistance in curricular technologies and supports the office of Assistant Dean for Academics and Assessment to maintain effective curricular and assessment endeavors.

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Assistant Professor

Michael Millard's interest areas include patient safety, pharmacy care for the indigent, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmacy workforce analysis and public policy.

Affiliate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Dan Neal, PharmD, BCPS is an Affiliate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

Assistant to ADPP and Faculty

The Assistant to the ADPP and Faculty provides administrative support to the School of Pharmacy’s Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Practice and pharmacy faculty.

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Brandon Nuziale's areas of interested include Chronic Disease Management- Anticoagulation, Diabetes, Psychiatric Disorders, Hyperlipidemia, Health Literacy/Disparities, Academic Professional Development.

Associate Professor

Deepa Avasarala Rao is pursuing research of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers as drug delivery systems for cancer therapies.

Assistant Dean for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Professor

The Assistant Dean for Pharmaceutical Sciences (ADPS) provides leadership and assists Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty members in all areas of teaching, scholarship and professional services and is actively engaged in research and the scientific community.

Sigrid C. Roberts works to characterize and therapeutically validate the polyamine pathway of the protozoan parasite Leishmania, which causes devastating and often fatal diseases in humans worldwide. 

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Research Lab Manager

The Research Lab Manager provides research support and lab management for the students, faculty, and administrators including equipment maintenance, research technique training, collaborative operations, safety adherence, policy and procedure management, and equipment inventory.

Admissions and Experiential Strategist

The Admissions and Experiential Strategist is involved in the development and maintenance of strategic planning for the School of Pharmacy admissions process and for the Office of Experiential Education.

Academic and Ambulatory Care Fellow

Henry Saedi-Kwon is an alumnus of the Pacific University School of Pharmacy and is excited to return to serve as the Academic and Ambulatory Care Fellow. Henry will work with the clinical pharmacy team at Mountain View Medical Center and with various professors at school. Henry is passionate about improving patient care and health outcomes through empowering patients and developing meaningful patient-physician relationships. 

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Assistant Professor

Edward Saito, PharmD is an assistant professor for the College of Health Professions

Academic and Ambulatory Care Fellow

Danielle Small is the current Academic and Ambulatory Care Fellow. She is a recent alumnus of Pacific University School of Pharmacy. She excited for the opportunity to grow as an educator and clinical pharmacist. She will divide her time between teaching and working at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.

Associate Professor

Brendan D. Stamper's research is focused on projects that utilize comparative genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic approaches to identify key pathways critical to propagating toxicologic and pathologic outcomes. 


Joe serves as a postdoctoral fellow in the Rao lab at the Pacific University, School of Pharmacy in Hillsboro, OR. Joe recently managed operations at SUSS Technology, a privately held Las Vegas, NV firm with goals of manufacturing and marketing botanical dietary supplement products. During his time in industry, Joe has developed expertise in bringing novel botanical formulations to market, most notably developing and implementing Quality Systems for compliance with federal and state laws. Joe is passionate about teaching and learning in Pharmacy, and most recently taught pharmaceutics as an Adjunct Professor at Pacific University, School of Pharmacy in Hillsboro, OR and at Keck Graduate Institute, School of Pharmacy in Claremont, CA.

Assistant Professor

Marina Suzuki’s interest areas include hepatology, gastrointestinal disorders, metabolic disorders, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, and active learning techniques.

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Research Assistant

The Research Assistant supports the daily operations of the pharmaceutical science laboratory by training students and other researchers, performing research techniques, and general laboratory maintenance.

Jon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the Portland State University in 2010. Since then, he has worked at different research labs and gained a series of valuable skills in biochemistry, microscopy, immunology, tissue/cell culture, and laboratory animal models.

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Assistant Professor

R. Brigg Turner's interest areas include infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials.

Coordinator for Academics & Assessment

The Coordinator for Academics & Assessment assists faculty and staff in providing training and assistance in curricular technologies and supports the office of Assistant Dean for Academics and Assessment to maintain effective curricular and assessment endeavors.

Associate Professor

Sarah E. White's interest areas include emergency medicine, cardiology, adult internal medicine, pharmacogenomics, pharmacy student education and precepting, residency training, underserved elderly in Nicaragua, and inpatient pharmacy practice.

Post Graduate Year 2 Resident

Since her first year in pharmacy school at UC San Diego, Sharon Wu knew that she wanted to teach. She served as a teaching assistant for the UCSD Human Anatomy Lab in her second year, and for Pharmacy Law & Ethics in her third year. During her PGY-1 pharmacy residency at UW Medicine, she assisted with the University of Washington School of Pharmacy’s Applied Therapeutics skills laboratory, and precepted APPE students on rotations. Now, she is pursuing her PGY-2 pharmacy residency in Ambulatory Care & Academia here at Pacific University.