Dr. Rakesh Singh joined the Stephens College faculty this fall as assistant professor of pharmacology in the School of Health Sciences. Singh taught previously at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Kansas.

According to Dr. Julia A. Moffitt, dean of the School of Health Sciences, Singh will be instrumental in the growth of Stephens’ highly successful Master of Physician Assistant Studies program as well as the undergraduate biology program, with pre-med and pre-vet tracks.

“A student-centered medical educator, Dr. Singh has a passion for emphasizing critical thinking and employs a pedagogical framework based on understanding the mechanisms of drug action,” Moffitt said. “This will be an enormous advantage to our PA students as they work alongside physicians, residents and fellows throughout their careers, which ultimately, and most importantly, benefits the patient.” 

Singh’s research focus is understanding the underlying cellular and biochemical mechanisms responsible for the pharmacological activity of drugs. As a graduate student, he centered his work on atypical antipsychotics, and he investigated the therapeutic lag associated with SSRIs as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Singh also has conducted research mechanisms of pharmacological activity of methotrexate at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Singh said the most exciting aspect of his job is the opportunity to make a difference in the healthcare landscape — locally as well as nationally — by training future educators, scientists and healthcare providers.

“I am excited to be a part of the growing health science programs at Stephens College,” Singh said. “It is an honor to be entrusted with educating leaders of tomorrow.”

Singh received his doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Kansas and his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the Birla Institute of Technology in Ranchi, India. He has numerous publications in national and international journals, including the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Clinical and Translational Sciences, Journal of Psychopharmacology and the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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