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Two faculty members join staff

The Raabe College of Pharmacy welcomed two new professors who bring expertise and energy to campus.


Manoranjan D’Souza, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology

D’Souza is a strong proponent of the teacher-scholar model, and it’s the reason he accepted a position at the Raabe College of Pharmacy. “ONU has a very strong and well-known pharmacy program,” he says. “You can give back to the community while continuously growing in your field.”

D’Souza completed his medical training in India and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He engaged in postdoctoral training at the University of California San Diego. His research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying drug addiction. He has authored several peer-reviewed original scientific papers and book chapters and is an ad-hoc reviewer for several prestigious journals in the field of drug addiction. “Although we have made great progress in understanding the various neuropsychiatric disorders, we still know very little,” he says. “How the brain works and the dysfunction during disease states are the most important challenges of our time. To make headway, the National Institutes of Health recently launched ‘The Brain Initiative.’ It’s an exciting time to be a neuroscientist.”

D’Souza will teach neuropharmacology to fourth- and fifth-year pharmacy students at ONU. “Through my teaching and research, I hope to inspire young pharmacists to take up neuroscience research and make a difference in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders,” he says.


David Koh, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, pharmaceutical and biomedical

Koh joined the faculty at the Raabe College of Pharmacy because the college “has a great tradition and reputation.” He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Centre College in Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. After working as a staff pharmacist at Kmart for several years, he returned to school to receive his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical studies from the University of Kentucky. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Most recently, he taught at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy.

Koh’s research involves the optimization of cell death pathways to improve breast cancer treatment. “The future payoff would be the development of improved chemotherapeutic strategies that would kill breast tumors with drastically reduced unwanted side effects,” he says. “Breast cancer is still a major problem in the world, and I enjoy the challenge of helping to find answers to many unanswered questions about the disease.”

Because he practiced pharmacy for many years, Koh brings a practitioner perspective to his teaching role at ONU. He will teach classes in the basic sciences module and the central nervous system pharmacology module. “My teaching philosophy is to teach pharmacy students as I was taught: clearly, effectively and enthusiastically. A good teacher is one who can teach students in a manner that allows them to remember the facts and concepts many, many years from now and, hopefully, all their lives,” he says.