Dr.Heidi

Heidi M. Mansour, PhD, RPh, FAIMBE

Professor

Office: CTS 314
Phone: 772-345-4731
Email: hmansour@fiu.edu
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Overview

Dr. Mansour is currently a tenured Full Professor at the Florida International University (FIU) Center for Translational Science in Port Saint Lucie, Florida having joined in 2022. Previously, she was a tenured Associate Professor, Director of the Pharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics Track, and Director of the PharmD/PhD dual-degree program at The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ for 9 years.  Dr. Mansour is Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) inducted in the 2022 Class of College Fellows for innovations in targeted pulmonary inhalation aerosol medicine.

She was funded on the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship for 4 years at the University of Wisconsin (UW) -Madison and became a Registered Pharmacist. Her PhD degree is in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutics/Drug Delivery) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy where she was funded on AFPE and PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships. Dr. Mansour completed Postdoctoral training at the UW-Madison and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine funded on the PhRMA Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Mansour successfully leads multiple cutting-edge research projects that are funded by the NIH. Her first federal grant as PI was from the FDA followed by continuous funding from the NIH. Her innovative research program has produced faculty members who are employed at major research universities in the United States and in the Republic of S. Korea. In addition, her research program has produced Senior Research Scientists who are employed in major pharmaceutical companies in the United States. As Postdoc Mentor, Dr. Mansour has successfully mentored and trained 13 Postdoctoral Research Scholars in her research program. As Major Professor, Dr. Mansour has successfully trained and graduated 5 doctoral graduate students with PhD degrees. Her current group members are Research Assistant Professors.  Dr. Mansour is the Vice Chair of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Drug/Device Discovery & Development (DDDD) Committee. Dr. Mansour is currently Chair (2022-2024) of the American Pharmacist Association (APhA) Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APRS) Basic Sciences. She is active on various leadership committees in the APhA, AACP, AAPS, ATS, and ISAM. Dr. Mansour is Associate Editor of the Respiratory Section in the journal, Frontiers in Drug Delivery, and a Topics Editor of the journal, Pharmaceutics.  She serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the journals Royal Society of Society (RSC) Molecular Systems Design & Engineering (MSDE), Pharmaceutical Technology North America, and Current Nanomedicine. She has co-edited 2 books on inhalation aerosol medicine and nanomedicine and has published 15 book chapters and 115 journal publications. Dr. Mansour is inventor on 10 patents and has 3 exclusive licenses.

Research Interests

  • Pharmaceutical sciences and USP/FDA translational requirements
  • Nanotechnology and nanomedicine
  • Advanced drug delivery systems
  • Drug-device combination products
  • Inhaled medical aerosols and inhaler devices
  • Microparticles and nanoparticles
  • Controlled release drug delivery
  • Sustained release drug delivery
  • Topical skin drug delivery
  • Transdermal drug delivery
  • In vitro USP/FDA performance testing
  • In vitro 2-D/3-D human cellular models for cell viability and drug transport mechanisms
  • In vitro multicellular spheroids
  • In vivo animal models for therapeutic efficacy and PK/PD
  • CNS and brain neurotherapeutics
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Infectious diseases
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Lung surfactant and respiratory distress syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Acute lung injury
  • Lung transplantation

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