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Dr. Katharina Brandl
Pharmacology, Educational Research
Katharina Brandl, R.Ph. (DE), Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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).
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:
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 from 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), German Research Foundation Fellowship (2008), Feodor-Lynen Fellowship Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2005)
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)
- Brandl K. et al. (2008). Vancomycin-resistant enterococci exploit innate immune deficits induced by antibiotic treatment. Nature 455:804-7
- Brandl K., Schnabl B. (2015) Is intestinal inflammation linking dysbiosis to gut barrier dysfunction during liver disease? Expert Reviews Gastroenterology Hepatology, 9(8):1069-76
- Armour C., Schneid S, Brandl K. (2016). Writing on the board as students' preferred teaching modality in a physiology course. Advances in Physiology Education, 40(2):229-33.
- Brandl K., J. Mandel, B. Winegarden (2016) Student Evaluation Team focus groups increase students’ satisfaction with the overall course evaluation process. Medical Education (in press)
- Brandl K., Adler D., Kelly C., Taylor P., Best B.M. (2017) Effect of a Dedicated Pharmacy Student Summer Research Program on Publication Rate. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (in press)
- Brandl K., Beutler B (2012) Creating diseases to understand what prevents them: genetic analysis of inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Current Opinion in Immunology. 24:678-85
Potential Collaborative Programs with the Pharmaceutical Industry
Generating novel teaching approaches for pharmacists in the area of pharmacology and immunology