Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences

College of Pharmacy
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Research & Graduate Program at Rockford







The Rockford Campus is an exceptional place for students to conduct graduate studies

Nestled in the respectable community of Rockford, BPS's brand new facilities are poised to make the next big scientific discoveries.





The smaller lab groups help foster professional growth and development

Students that join the BPS Graduate Program at Rockford can forge deep relationships with faculty that are devoted to their success.






The graduate students at Rockford are not required to TA

Graduate students can focus all of their energy into their thesis projects, vigorously pursuing graduation.







Your dollar goes farther at Rockford

The peaceful neighborhoods of Rockford help students stretch their hard earned money further, because of the lower living expenses.








Preparing the best students for bright careers

The skills learned on the job will help students make the transition into the work place.  The experience offered at Rockford will take you on the first steps of your scientific career.



Meet the BPS Staff at Rockford!



John Nitiss



John L Nitiss, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Research, Professor

Research Interests:

DNA topoisomerases as targets for cancer chemotherapy, Mechanisms of DNA repair by non-homologous end-joiningm, Using yeast to study the action of therapeutic agents, Roles of topoisomerases and other replication proteins in chromosme segregation and genome stability







Xiaolong He, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

Alternative splicing and splicing factors in tumorgenesis, biomarker development for early detection of ovarian cancer, and molecular pharmacology and genetics of anticancer drug action and tumor cell drug resistance.







Rohit Kolhatkar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

Development of targeted degradable polymers and nanocarriers as drug delivery vehicles for the treatment of breast cancer.



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