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Dr. Katharina Brandl

Pharmacology, Educational Research

Katharina Brandl

Katharina Brandl, R.Ph. (DE), Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


(858) 822-6853

Research Summary

Dr. Brandl’s research mainly focuses on educational innovations in the classroom. She is interested in understanding how students effectively learn core concepts within the pharmacy curriculum. Dr. Brandl develops new teaching methods to promote student learning. She is a designated pharmaceutical teacher with the main goal in striving excellence in pharmacy education.

Dr. Brandl is the course director and course coordinator of the “Principles of Pharmacology and Physiology” (PPP) core course for students of Pharmacy in their second year. After becoming a registered pharmacist in Germany, she finished her PhD in Immunology/ Infectious Diseases. She performed her post-doctoral studies with Dr. Eric Pamer (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York) and the recent nobel – laureate Dr. Bruce Beutler (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla). During her career she enjoyed mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and teaching pharmacy and medical students (core courses in pharmacology, immunology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical biology and pharmacognosy). 

Academic Achievements


School of Pharmacy and license to practice as pharmacist (R.Ph.), University of Regensburg, Germany, (1996-2002), PhD (summa cum laude) Department of Pharmaceutical Biology and Department of Internal Medicine, University of Regensburg, Germany (2005), Postdoctoral studies Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York (2006-2007) and The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (2008-2011), “Habilitation” (Dr. rer. nat. med. habil., german academic lecturer qualification) (2013) 

Awards and Honors:

"Kaiser Award of Excellence in Teaching", UCSD, School of Medicine (2017), Fellow of the Academy of Pharmacology Educators, ASPET (2017), "Teacher of the Year Award", AACP (2017), Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award, UCSD (2016), Joel and Ellen Gordon Young Investigator Award (2016), Excellence in Teaching Award, Skaggs School of Pharmacy (2016), Pharmacology Educator Award ASPET (2016), Excellence in Teaching Award, Skaggs School of Pharmacy (2013), Young Investigator Award Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (2011), Career Development Award Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (2010)

Key Contributions to Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Discovered that antibiotics impair natural immune defenses in the intestines, allowing antibiotic resistant microbes like Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus to flourish.
  • Identified a protein to reduce infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria in mice.

Selected Recent Publications (view more)

Potential Collaborative Programs with the Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Generating novel teaching approaches for pharmacists in the area of pharmacology and immunology