Dr. Lisa Coles and Dr. Reena Kartha are newly appointed as Research Assistant Professors within the department

MINNEAPOLIS/MINNESOTA
Aug. 1, 2018

The Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Coles and Dr. Reena Kartha are newly appointed as Research Assistant Professors within the department.  Both have been working as researchers in the Center for Orphan Drug Research and will continue to do so in their new roles. 
Lisa Coles received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2009, having also earned an MS in Biomedical Engineering in 2000 from the University of Minnesota.  She returned to Minnesota in 2009 as  a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Orphan Drug Research (CODR). 

Dr. Coles' research program focuses on three therapuetic areas: epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease and diabetes, specifically the impaired awareness of hypoglycemia. Reena Kartha received her PhD in Life Sciences in 2005 from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.  She had previously earned an MS in Biotechnology from the Center for Plant Molecular Biology of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore, India.  Dr. Kartha joined the University of Minnesota in 2009 as a research associate in the Department of Pharmaceutics before moving to CODR in 2011.  Her current research focuses on rare neurogenerative disorders and the identification of related novel blood and brain biomarkers. 

Both Dr. Coles and Dr. Kartha have been valued colleagues for many years, and we are delighted that these new positions recognize the value of their contributions to CODR, to ECP and to the field.