Vanishree Rajagopalan, PhD, MPHARM

Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy


I am a pharmacologist by training and teach in the PharmD program. My teaching covers a variety of topics in pharmacology starting with introductory topics such as introduction to pharmacodynamics and drug receptor interactions to more advanced topics in psych pharmacology and oncology. I incorporate active learning and project-based approach in my teaching with the emphasis on critical thinking and understanding of concepts. My teaching philosophy is to equip our students with skills and competencies so that they become lifelong learners. My bench research interests include cancer biology and pharmacology, especially identification of novel anti-cancer agents from natural products and evaluation of peptides for targeted cancer therapy. I am also interested in studying various aspects of cell differentiation and cell death. In addition, I am engaged in scholarship of teaching and learning such as effects of flipped classroom in student outcomes, how students use classroom technology such as video recordings, enhancing student engagement using critical thinking exercises in classroom to name a few. I have recently obtained a certificate in Effective College Instruction from ACUE & American Council of Education.


  • B.Pharm    Mumbai University, India    Pharm. Sciences    1989-1993
  • M.Pharm    Mumbai University, India    Pharm. Sciences    1993-1995
  • PhD    University of the Pacific, CA    Pharm. Sciences    1998-2004

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) 2014-present

Member: American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 2009-present