About the Department

The Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is equally committed to understanding inter-individual differences in response to medications, translating research findings to improve treatment outcomes, and providing the best and most comprehensive clinical care for our patients. The translational space created by the combination of fundamental research efforts and clinical application is transformative for patients and families. The Department comprises The Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences (with a primary mission of research), and The Division of Pharmaceutical Services (with a primary mission of clinical care). The department is also home to the licensed Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Laboratory, which facilitates measurement of drug levels in every patient at St. Jude, providing an invaluable resource for optimizing drug therapy. Additionally, the Department houses the Cancer Center’s Pharmacokinetics Shared Resource - centralizing high-quality pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic clinical research.

Our vision is to be a premier academic department in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, encompassing clinical pharmaceutical care and research, with special expertise in therapeutics relevant for children with catastrophic diseases. Survival rates for children with cancer, hematologic disorders, HIV infection, or other serious diseases continue to increase, largely through the improved use of medications. Failure of current therapies and unacceptable adverse effects are in part due to suboptimal use of medications. Our goal is to elucidate the biological basis of interindividual differences in pharmacologic response, to translate our findings into more rational therapeutics, and to improve patient care by ensuring safe, effective, and rational use of medications. We continue to look for the next technological advancement and new, sophisticated, questions to drive our work forward and improve patient care.


Annual Report


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P. David Rogers, Pharm D, PhD, FCCP

Chair, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Jude Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Jun J. Yang, PhD

Vice Chair, Divison of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Member, St. Jude Faculty

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Brooke Bernhardt, PharmD, MS, FCCP

Vice Chair, Division of Pharmaceutical Services
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer
Associate Member

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Steve Pate, DPh

Sr. Director, Pharmacy
Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

Markos Leggas, PhD

Member, St. Jude Faculty
Director, Center for Translational Pharmacology

Alejandro R. Molinelli, PhD

Director, Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory

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St. Jude investigators have the freedom to focus on making big discoveries, backed by extraordinary resources and support teams. We are always looking for highly motivated scientists and engineers with passion and talent to join us!

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Contact Us

Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
MS 313, Room I5112
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN  38105-3678 USA

Email: dave.rogers@stjude.org
Phone: (901) 595-7516
Fax: (901) 595-3125