Melanie Felmlee, PhD, admits she teaches a class that isn’t a student favorite: Pharmacokinetics & Advanced Drug Delivery Systems. Yet, students’ initial thoughts don’t deter her. As an assistant professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, Dr. Felmlee chose the teaching profession because it is “flexible and fun.” She uses students’ perceptions to help her create a curriculum based on “active learning with ongoing conversations” that will encourage students to appreciate the subject and look at it from different perspectives. “Pharmacokinetics doesn’t appeal to everyone so I try to find interesting ways to teach students how to appreciate and utilize the content and formulas,” said Dr. Felmlee.
Dr. Felmlee received her bachelor of science in biomedical toxicology from University of Guelph, her master of science in pharmacy from University of Saskatchewan and her doctor of philosophy in pharmaceutical sciences from SUNY, University at Buffalo where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Felmlee is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts. She is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
Her research interests are in the areas of drug transport, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics, specifically looking at the role of transporter expression/regulation in modifying drug pharmacokinetics and toxicity.
Prior to coming to Pacific, Dr. Felmlee and her family lived in New York for 10 years. She describes Pacific as “family-like, comfortable and familiar.” In New York, she had an acre of land which she used to garden – a hobby that she loves. She also enjoys house renovations and construction work.