Fekadu Fullas

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, USA


Fekadu Fullas holds B.Pharm. and Ph.D. degrees. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 27, 1953. He completed his elementary, middle, and high school education in the same city, where he also obtained a B.Pharm. degree from Haile Selassie I (later Addis Ababa) University. After a 5-year stint at the National Research Institute of Health (now Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute) as a Quality Control Pharmacist, he joined the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy, USA, where he obtained a Ph.D. degree in pharmacognosy. After completing his graduate study at UIC, he took a postdoctoral position as a Chemist at the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in North Carolina under the late world-renowned natural product chemist Dr. Monroe Wall, who was an outstanding scientist credited with the discovery of the anticancer drugs, Taxol and Camptothecin. While at RTI, Dr. Fullas was promoted to a Research Chemist III position. Prior to and during his tenure at RTI, he authored or coauthored several publications in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Natural Products, Tetrahedron, Phytochemistry, Phytomedicine, Planta Medica, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and Journal of Chromatography. After a productive career in natural products research, he moved back to pharmacy practice. He currently works as a Staff Pharmacist at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Sioux City, IA, where he continues to publish in clinical areas of pharmacy. During his long career, Fullas has published about 60 manuscripts, including books, a book chapter, articles, reviews, and other publications. Currently, his interests are in the area of pharmacokinetics, optimal antibiotic use in hospitals, and herbal medicine. Selected publications are listed below.

Biography Updated on 1 June 2011

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