Serge A. Afeli, Ph.D., MSHA

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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  • Executive master’s degree in healthcare administration (eMSHA), University of Alabama at Birmingham, August 2021
  • Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Columbia, SC 2013
  • B.S. Physical Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS 2007
  • Adjunct Faculty in Pharmacology, General Chemistry, and Maths, Newberry College, Newberry 2013-2014
  • Adjunct Faculty in General and Organic Chemistry Labs, Presbyterian College, Clinton 2013-2014

Teaches in :

  • PHRM 5202 Healthcare Systems and Socioeconomics
  • PHRM 5207 Principles of Pathophysiology I
  • PHRM 6109 Principles of Pathophysiology II
  • PHRM 6103 Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Renal
  • PHRM 6104 Medication Therapy Management (MTM) cardiovascular
  • PHRM 7105 Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Neurosensory
  • PHRM 9020 Entrepreneurial Development and Business Strategies

Professional Interests:

  • Investigation of the role of ion channels and drug transporters in cancer chemoresistance.
  • Implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies in the workplace
  • Design and use of novel technology and mobile applications to enhance students’ learning outcomes


  1. Serge Afeli, Georges Adunlin. Curriculum content for innovation and entrepreneurship education in US pharmacy programs. Industry and Higher Education. January 2021. doi:1177/0950422220986314
  2. Serge A. Afeli. Academic Accommodations Strategies for pharmacy students with learning disabilities: What else can be done? Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2019
  3. Amber Giles, Alyson Wilder, Megan Ritter, Adrienne Wright, Serge A. Afeli. Pharmacological Options for Viral Induced Hemorrhagic Cystitis Management: A review of the literature. Journal of Pharmaceutics and Therapeutics, 2019
  4. Serge Afeli. Examining similarities and differences among pharmacy educational mobile applications. Innovations in Pharmacy, 2018, vol.9, No. 1
  5. Serge A. Afeli, Tynesha Houchins, Nieka Jackson, Jacqueline Montoya. First Generation College Students Demographics, Socio-economic Status, Academic Experience, Successes, and Challenges at Pharmacy Schools in the United States, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2017
  6. Afeli, S., Malysz, J., and Petkov, G.: Molecular expression and pharmacological evidence for Kv7 channel subtypes regulating detrusor smooth muscle function in vitro. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 20;8(9):e75875. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075875. eCollection 2013
  7. Malysz, J., Afeli, S., Petkov, G.: Ethanol-mediated relaxation of guinea pig urinary smooth muscle: Involvement of BK and L-type Ca2+ Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2014 Jan 1;306(1):C45-58. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00047.2013. Epub 2013 Oct 23
  8. Afeli, S. A., Rovner, E., Petkov, G.: Activation of beta3 adrenergic receptors decreases nerve-evoked contractions in human detrusor smooth muscle isolated strips: Role of BK channels. Urology. 2013 Jul 25. PMID: 23890664
  9. Hristov, K. L., Afeli, S. A., Parajuli, S. P., Cheng, Q., Rovner, E., Petkov, G. V.: Neurogenic detrusor overactivity is associated with decreased expression and function of the large conductance voltage- and ca(2+)-activated k(+) channels. PLoS One 2013 Jul 5;8(7):e68052. PMID: 23861849
  10. Afeli, S. A., Petkov, G. V.: Functional BK channels facilitate the β3-adrenoceptor agonist-mediated relaxation of nerve-evoked contractions in rat urinary bladder smooth muscle isolated strips. Eur J Physiology PMID: 23643998 – April 2013

Fun Fact:

I am a former Kansas State University Men’s Basketball Player (2005 – 2007). I can speak and write in French fluently.