Journal of Pharmaceutics & Drug Development

Editorial Board Member - JPDD

Donald Cairns

School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
Robert Gordon University
United Kingdom

Donald Cairns obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Strathclyde in 1980 and after a pre-registration year spent in hospital pharmacy, he returned to Strathclyde to undertake a PhD on the synthesis and properties of benzylimidazolines. Following a year as a post-doctoral research fellow in the department of pharmacy at Sunderland Polytechnic (now the University of Sunderland), Dr Cairns moved to Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) where he held a five-year lectureship in pharmacy. In 1992 Dr Cairns was appointed senior lecturer in medicinal chemistry in Sunderland School of Pharmacy and in 2003 moved to a post of Associate Head of the School of Pharmacy at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. In 2006, he was promoted to Professor of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at RGU and in 2012 was appointed Head of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

Professor Cairns has served as external examiner at Strathclyde, Liverpool, Aberdeen, Belfast and Keele Schools of Pharmacy and has authored over 70 peer reviewed research papers.


Professor Cairn's research interests include the design and synthesis of selective anticancer agents, the molecular modelling of drug / DNA interactions and the design of prodrugs for the treatment of nephropathic cystinosis.

Donald Cairns is a member of the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, The Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and in 2008 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2006 he was appointed to the British Pharmacopoeia Commission and serves as Vice Chair of an Expert Advisory Group on Medicinal Chemistry.

Other Editorial Board Members - JPDD

Michael Zhuo Wang

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
The University of Kansas
United States

Remigius U Agu

Associate Professor
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Kentucky
United States

Natasa Skalko-Basnet

Department of Pharmacy
University of Tromso

Shi J. Liu

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
United States

Michael P. Namaka

Associate Professor
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
University of Manitoba


Professor Adjuant
Department of Pharmaceutical Technology
University of Barcelona

James David Adams

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Southern California
United States


Professor Research
Division of Graduate Studies and Research
Institute of Technology Aguascalientes (ITA)
Technological Institute of Aguascalientes (ITA)

David Ilki Min

Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Western University of Health Sciences
United States

Henry H. Y. Tong

School of Health Sciences
Macao Polytechnic Institute
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