Department welcomes Demetra Antimisiaris and J. Calvin Kouokam

Demetra Antimisiaris was appointed Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology effective July 1, 2015. She received her PharmD from the University of the Pacific in 1989 followed by a geriatrics residency at UCLA in collaboration with the University of Southern California. She has served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. She is director of the UofL polypharmacy initiative, dedicated to education, research and public awareness of polypharmacy. She serves on the Kentucky Institute on Aging, an advisory to the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on policy matters related to the development and delivery of services to the aged. Her research interests include clinician-patient decision making regarding medication use in geriatric and palliative care patients, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives on medication use in the elderly.


J. Calvin Kouokam was appointed Instructor of Pharmacology & Toxicology effective July 1, 2015.  He received his doctorate in pharmacognosy and analytical photochemistry from the University of Saarland in 2002.  He followed with postdoctoral work at the University of Louisville and is currently working with Drs. Ken Palmer and Nobi Matoba in the Brown Cancer Center/Owensboro Cancer Research Program to develop plant produced proteins for the treatment of human diseases.  He is focusing on the safety, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic evaluation of antiviral therapeutics and development of a plant produced cholera toxin B subunit, a component of an oral cholera vaccine, for mass vaccination during cholera outbreaks.