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Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

Translational Pharmacology

Lab of Dr. Gene Morse

The work done in our Translational Pharmacology Research Core (TPRC) is designed to facilitate and expedite the translation of pre-clinical and development research into approved drugs with real-world benefits. 

UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) has established the interdisciplinary TPRC within its developing research infrastructure. To date, TPRC has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, including:

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • NIH Fogarty International Center

Learn more

Visit the Translational Pharmacology Core website to learn how we facilitate and expedite the translation of theoretical research into approved drugs.

Innovative research in pharmacology

TPRC is designed to foster collaboration and advance innovation at multiple stages of drug development, including:

  • Discovery
  • Pre-clinical evaluation
  • Phase I, II, and III FDA trials 
  • Ongoing post-approval Phase IV research
  • Nanomedicine

The core’s work is wide-ranging, but emphasizes:

  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Infectious disease 
  • Cardiovascular disease 
  • Inflammation and immunosuppression

Contributing to the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics and devices is a central goal of the program, which works with corporate partners to foster the goals of commercialization and regional economic development.

Facilities & resources

  • Core laboratory facility for bioanalysis and drug development
  • Healthcare informatics and medication management research network
  • Translational pharmacogenomics program incorporating in-vitro experimental therapeutic models 
  • International pharmacotherapy education and research initiative
  • Efficient system with industry-standard quality assurance and operating procedures
  • Data management and data analysis provided in conjunction with the Center for Computational Research
  • Links with facilities throughout the UB Clinical and Translational Research Center and National Center for Ontological Research

Faculty investigators

Robin DiFrancesco

Principal Research Support; Research Assistant Professor

Pharmacy; Biotechnical And Clinical Laboratory Sciences

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.7465

Email: rda@buffalo.edu

Jeffery Lombardo

Patient Safety Officer; Research Assistant Professor

Pharmacy

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 140203

Email: jcl2@buffalo.edu

Qing Ma, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.7500

Email: qingma@buffalo.edu

Charles C. Maponga, PharmD., MHPE

Research Scientist, Research Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

213 Kapoor Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: 716.645.4793

Email: cmaponga@buffalo.edu

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.7464

Email: emorse@buffalo.edu

Nicholas B. Norgard, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.7908

Email: nnorgard@buffalo.edu

Joshua R. Sawyer PharmD, AAHIVP

Assistant Clinical Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: 716.881.7825

Email: jrsawyer@buffalo.edu

Kathleen M. Tornatore, PharmD

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.7573

Email: tornator@buffalo.edu

Brian T. Tsuji, PharmD

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716.881.7543

Email: btsuji@buffalo.edu