About the College
Founded in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third-oldest and 10th-largest college of pharmacy in America.
For more than 150 years, the College has been preparing students for expert practice and leadership in pharmacy and health professions careers.
Today, the College is home to University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis' flagship Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.
The College includes several academic departments:
- Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences
- Department of Pharmacy Practice
- Office of Postgraduate Education
- Office of Experiential Education
Visit the directory to view individual faculty bios.
About the Dean
Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., interim dean of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, associate dean of graduate studies and Gustavus & Henry Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacy, completed his Master of Pharmacy and Ph.D. in biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics at the prestigious Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland (ETH Zurich).
After attending ETH Zurich, Pauletti spent five years conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Kansas, where he worked on cutting-edge research to develop oral delivery methods for peptide and protein therapeutics.
Following his time at the University of Kansas, Pauletti joined the pharmacy program at Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, Pauletti helped develop a pharmaceutics program. His work then took him to the University of Cincinnati, where he spent 20 years as a professor, researcher, administrator and director of the graduate program in pharmaceutical science.
Pauletti joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy at UHSP in 2019, serving as chair of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences and working with interdisciplinary research teams on new and improved drug delivery systems, namely for women’s health and global health populations.
His notable research work includes efforts to create targeted therapeutics that have the ability to attack cancer cells without damaging other cells in the body and eliminate the unpleasant side effects associated with cancer medications. Pauletti also helped create a medication designed to provide improved pain relief for dysmenorrhea, a condition that results in painful menstruation, and created a non-hormonal birth control device with increased effectiveness, which is being supported by the National Institutes of Health through a $720,000 grant.
More recently, Pauletti received a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support his work to develop a computational tool with the potential to accelerate the development of generic forms of medications which are delivered through the oral cavity. He has also received funding from the World Health Organization for a global health project designed to help ease health disparities related to the approval of new medicines.
In his role as interim dean of St. Louis College of Pharmacy at UHSP, Pauletti is responsible for implementing the college’s new strategic plan and leading preparation efforts for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s upcoming site visit to the college in spring 2022.
Contact the Dean’s Office
The Office of the Dean of Pharmacy is located on the fourth floor of the Academic and Research Building.