Heidi Mansour

Research Interests

Heidi M. Mansour, Ph.D., R.Ph. Dr. Mansour is Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at The University of Arizona-Tucson, College of Pharmacy, Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, and Affiliated Faculty Associate at The Institute of the Environment in Tucson, Arizona She has a BS in pharmacy with honors & distinction (School of Pharmacy-1996), a PhD minor in advanced physical & biophysical interfacial chemistry (Dept. of Chemistry-1999), and a PhD major in drug delivery/pharmaceutics (School of Pharmacy-2003) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.W.-Madison). She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the U.W.-Madison and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) in the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics receiving the 2007 UNC-Chapel Hill Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and the 2007 AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) Postdoctoral Fellow Award in Research Excellence. Research in the Mansour Lab focuses on the fundamental and applied aspects of surface and interfacial chemistry, nanotechnology, and particle engineering technologies in the design and optimization of advanced drug delivery self-assembly systems. These advanced drug delivery self-assembly systems are optimized for targeted drug delivery, nanomedicine, and multifunctional microparticles and nanoparticles in the solid-state as dry powder inhalation aerosols in the targeted treatment and prevention of several pulmonary diseases. In addition to using in vitro studies and in vivo rodent animal models, a systematic Quality-by-Design (QbD) approach in the solid-state is used and includes comprehensive physicochemical characterization, design of experiments (DOEs), in vitro controlled drug release studies, performance modeling, and prediction. Pulmonary diseases with unmet medical needs that the Mansour Lab investigates in vitro and in vivo include lung transplantation, lung cancer, infectious diseases, lung inflammatory diseases, and pulmonary fibrotic diseases. Her research program includes translational nanomedicine, as exemplified by several successful collaborations with physician-scientists. Dr. Mansour is an active long-time member of many professional organizations (please see websites below for details). She serves on the journal Editorial Advisory Boards of Pharmaceutical Technology North America, Recent Patents on Nanomedicine, Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation, the Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology & Drug Research (United Kingdom), and is a Scientific Advisor to the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition, she is an active member on the NIH/NICHD U.S. Pediatric Formulations Initiative (PFI) New Drug Delivery Systems (NDDS) Aerosols Working Group. She regularly serves as an expert reviewer for nearly 40 scientific journals and several book publishers including Elsevier, Pharmaceutical Press-The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Marcel Dekker, Springer, and Wiley-Interscience. Dr. Mansour has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, 8 book chapters, 70 scientific conference abstracts, and is Co-Editor of a new book on nanomedicine drug delivery by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press. Her research program enjoys funding from federal sources and the pharmaceutical industry. She leads a multi-disciplinary research group of postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, visiting professors, graduate students, Pharm.D. students, and physician-scientist M.D./Ph.D. fellows.