Robert Stratford, B.S., Ph.D.

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Dr. Stratford joined the faculty at the College of Pharmacy in late June 2010 after working for 23 years as a scientist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences. 
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Stratford completed his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy.  His graduate work centered on understanding physical and biochemical barriers to peptide drug absorption and distribution in the eye following topical ocular administration. 

At Eli Lilly and Company, Dr. Stratford developed parenteral formulations for human insulin that were compatible with pen delivery devices.  He also implemented the Caco-2 model as a drug discovery tool to support optimization of oral drug absorption.  During his last 10 years at Lilly, Dr. Stratford worked on cross-functional teams supporting Drug Discovery and Development efforts to address various neuropsychiatric, chronic pain and cognitive disorders.  To improve these efforts, Dr. Stratford implemented a rat brain quantitative microdialysis approach.  This methodology enabled the construct of brain target site pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models.  The microdialysis approach and associated enhanced pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic models were and continue to be used as a translational sciences approach to improve clinical trial dose selection in various neuropsychiatric drug development efforts at Lilly.



At Xavier, Dr. Stratford’s current research interests include continued use of microdialysis and associated translational modeling to foster the development of novel therapeutic strategies in the treatment of CNS disorders and cancer, and to improve existing treatments through individualized patient dose-tailoring strategies.

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