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Ashraf M. Mohieldin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
(714) 516-5447
Dr. Ashraf Mohieldin joined Chapman University School of Pharmacy as a Postdoctoral Fellow in June 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry from the University of Toledo, OH. Early in his career, Dr. Mohieldin has the opportunity to be trained by different mentors at several institutions and work in different projects. He obtained his bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with departmental honor thesis, investigating the dynamic function of primary cilia using different pharmacological agents. During his Ph.D., he received the NIH-F31 fellowship award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Mohieldin’s research interests include examining the structure of ciliary extracellular-like vesicles and investigating key functional proteins that are related to ciliopathy disorders. His current research focus includes (1): Advancing biotechnology techniques to study single-cell-single-cilium and optimizing proteomic approach to study novel ciliary proteins. (2) Identify the role of ciliary extracellular-like vesicle structure, function, and physiological relevance. (3) Creating an open-access website for all generated proteomic database. Dr. Mohieldin is also engaged in other activities to outreach and recruit people from the underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
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Dindyal Mandal

Senior Research Associate
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Young Woo Nam, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
(714) 516-5495
Dr. Young Woo Nam joined the Chapman University School of Pharmacy as a Postdoctoral Fellow in November 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Department of Biotechnology at University of Tokyo, Japan. He studied three-dimensional structures of Glycoside Hydrolases (GHs) for understanding cellular metabolisms and determined two novel crystal structures. One of his work was published in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2015).
Dr. Nam is a structural biologist specializing in blending computational and experimental approaches to elucidate the molecular structure of proteins utilizing X-ray diffraction, computational biology image processing, bioinformatics and structural prediction. He is interested in protein conformational changes, protein-ligand interactions and structure-based drug design of small-conductance K+ channels (SK channels). Currently Dr. Nam researches with Dr. Zhang on the pharmacological modulation of KCa2/3 channels by small molecule drugs and structure based drug discovery for SK channels.
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Priya Patel

Postdoctoral Fellow
(714) 516-5433
Priya graduated from CUSP with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019 as a member of the first cohort of the Freshman Early Assurance (FEAP) Program. She is now the Chapman-Amgen Oncology Medical Affairs Fellow
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Pala Rajasekharreddy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
(714) 516-5462
Dr. Pala Rajasekharreddy joined Chapman University School of Pharmacy in February 2015 as a Post-Doctoral researcher. He earned his PhD in Biological Sciences from Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi.
Dr. Pala is a Nano biotechnologist specialized in the Biological/Green synthesis of various metal and metal oxide nanoparticles with their application as drug delivery agents. After his post-graduation he was selected for ICMR-Research Fellowship under Biomedical Sciences in 2011 and during this period of his doctoral studies at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India, he has earned handsome experience on the physical and chemical characterizations techniques of nanoparticles that are enveloped with various biologically active compounds such as protein, lipids and small molecular drugs for their biomedical applications.
Dr. Pala is a Nano biotechnologist specialized in the Biological/Green synthesis of various metal and metal oxide nanoparticles with their application as drug delivery agents. After his post-graduation he was selected for ICMR-Research Fellowship under Biomedical Sciences in 2011 and during this period of his doctoral studies at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India, he has earned handsome experience on the physical and chemical characterizations techniques of nanoparticles that are enveloped with various biologically active compounds such as protein, lipids and small molecular drugs for their biomedical applications.
Current Research: Understanding primary cilia and their associated diseases by using different nanoparticles mediated therapeutic agents.
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Feng Tai Zhang

Research Associate
(714) 516-5408
Ms. Feng Tai Zhang joined Chapman University School of Pharmacy as a Research Associate on Nov. 1, 2016. She earned her Master degree from Veterinary Medical School of China Agricultural University. Ms. Zhang has experience in several research projects such as, in vitro experiments with epithelial cell lines to test drug metabolism associated effects, animal experiments to develop drugs for the treatment of obesity and diabetes, histological experiments to evaluate immunological myelin suppression in a rat of contusion spinal cord injury. In Dr. Lam’s Lab, she has completed analysis of drug-induced expression of SNPs in hematoma cell lines. She is currently validating the antimicrobial effects of a complex fatty acid compound.