School of Pharmacy names Oklahoma scientist to administrative position


FarukKhanM.O. Faruk Khan, M. Pharm, B. Pharm, Ph.D., M.B.A, chairman of the department of pharmaceutical sciences at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy, has been named chairman of the department of pharmaceutical sciences and research at the Marhall University School of Pharmacy, according to Kevin W. Yingling, R.Ph., M.D., dean of the school.

The appointment is effective Aug. 3.

“I’m encouraged and emboldened by Dr. Khan joining us here at Marshall,” Yingling said.  “He is a highly qualified researcher and educator who will be a great asset to our faculty and brings a wealth of experience in the education and research arenas.”

Khan completed a doctorate in 1999 at the University of Manchester in England and post-doctoral research at the University of Mississippi. His area of research specialization is in medicinal chemistry and rational drug design, organic and peptide synthesis and enzymology.   Khan also earned a master’s in business administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Khan has more than 15 years of postdoctoral academic experience in teaching, research and service in pharmacy education. Prior to joining the faculty at Southwestern Oklahoma, he spent two years at the Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy.

Khan has published more than 50 scholarly research articles and has been the primary investigator on several grants. Additionally, he founded and served as coordinator of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Center for Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences (SCRiPS) and was named the inaugural recipient of the Timmons Endowed Professorship at Southwestern.

He has created innovative exchange programs with several international institutions including the University of Dhaka, Bagladesh, and  is working as a consultant for the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (of the World Bank) implemented by the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh.

“I am excited about this opportunity to collaborate with the existing outstanding leadership team of the school to lead a well-functioning team of pharmaceutical sciences faculties,” Khan said.  “Working together, we will be successful in fulfilling its mission to advance direct pharmacy patient care by developing innovative practitioners, researchers and educators, and thus to shape the future of pharmacy education.”

The School of Pharmacy welcomed its first class in 2012 and will graduate its inaugural class in 2016.

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Photo courtesy of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.