Zhipeng Lu, PhD, has joined the faculty as assistant professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences.
He comes to USC Mann from Stanford University after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Dermatology under the mentorship of Dr. Howard Chang. A recipient of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (2017-2022), the RNA Society Scaringe Award (2017), and the Stanford Jump Start Award for Excellence in Research (2016), his research is focused on developing new experimental and computational methods for the global analysis of RNA structure and interactions in living cells.
Lu received a B.S. in biology from Fudan University in Shanghai in 2008 and a PhD in biology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2014.
Scott Mosley, PharmD, has joined the faculty of the Titus Department of Clinical Pharmacy as assistant professor of clinical pharmacy.
His research is focused in pharmacogenomics implementation, which incorporates genetic information with other clinical factors to optimize drug selection. He recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in the Center for Pharmacogenomics under the mentorship of Larisa Cavallari, PharmD.
Paul Beringer, chair of the Titus Department of Clinical Pharmacy, welcomed Mosley to the faculty. “His expertise in pharmacogenomics implementation will accelerate our efforts in applying genetic information to improving the efficacy and safety of medications for our patients and serve as a role model to our students and residents on translating discoveries to clinical practice,” Beringer said.
“Dr. Mosley’s research on pharmacogenomics of pain and psychiatric medications aligns well with the expertise of a number of our faculty and will lead to very productive collaborations.”
Mosley received a B.S. in Biochemical/Biophysical Science from the University of Houston in 2006, then worked for three years in a core pharmacology lab as an analytical chemist for MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He received his PharmD degree from the University of Texas in 2013, and then took a position as a pharmacist with MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Klaus Romero, MD, MS, FCP has joined the faculty as adjunct professor of clinical pharmacy.
Dr. Romero, an accomplished clinical scientist with an international reputation in pharmacometrics, is currently the director of clinical pharmacology and quantitative medicine at the Critical Path Institute in Tucson, Arizona. In this role, he directs a team of scientists engaged in computational approaches to modeling drug response using data from clinical trials.
He has developed models to predict the efficacy and safety of medications used to treat polycystic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and tuberculosis. These models have received FDA approval as fit for purpose models that have significantly improved the ability to determine go/no go decisions from phase 2 to phase 3 trials. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and served as a co-investigator on a number of NIH, FDA, and Foundation grants.
Maryann Wu, EdD, has joined the faculty of the Titus Department of Clinical Pharmacy as assistant professor of clinical pharmacy (teaching track). She will also take on the newly-created role of assistant dean for assessment, in which she will be called upon to continue to develop and broaden assessment techniques throughout the School’s academic programs.
Since joining the staff of USC Mann in 2016, Dr. Wu has played a key role in building the PharmD assessment program, implementing the PharmD curriculum, and ensuring the School continues to uphold all standards required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), Dean Papadopoulos said in a memo announcing her appointment.
Prior to coming to USC Mann, she served for 11 years in various academic programming and advising roles at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the USC Rossier School of Education.
Wu received her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University and her doctorate in educational leadership from the USC Rossier School of Education.
Her research interests include curriculum and instruction, assessment, educational technology, innovation, student learning and motivation, student development, career development, and diversity issues in higher education.