Swetha Rudraiah, Ph.D.


Swetha Rudraiah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

rudraiah-swetha-183x259.jpgSwetha Rudraiah, Ph.D., believes education should prepare individuals for life and not just workforce development. In addition to attaining state-of-the-art scientific knowledge through continuous learning, she also believes empathy and a sense of responsibility are key to success in both an individual’s personal and professional lives. Pharmacists are the most accessible health professionals to the public and thus well-rounded pharmacists are key. “USJ’s non-traditional learning methodologies allows closer interaction with students and presents an opportunity to instill the values I strongly believe in. I am grateful to the excellent mentors I have encountered in my life. They have inspired me, and I strive to be one myself,” says Rudraiah.

Dr. Rudraiah received her DVM from India, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Connecticut. She is a dedicated researcher, which is evident through her wide range of scholarly activities. She regularly presents her work at the meetings of professional societies, has published her work in numerous peer-reviewed publications and serves as a reviewer to contribute to the sharing of her peers‘ work. Her doctoral research received several awards including the Society of Toxicology’s Mechanism Specialty Section’s Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award. Currently, Dr. Rudraiah’s research spans the aspects of both basic biology and translational research. Her basic research utilizes mechanistic approaches to address nanoparticle-induced toxicity. The translational research elements include development of animal models to evaluate biomaterials and biomedical devices for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, as well as to investigate the mechanisms involved in repair and regeneration in response to biomaterials and address the associated toxicological concerns.

She spends her leisure time with family and loves reading.