After serving as a lecturer in the PBS undergraduate program for the past three years, Dr. Wided Najahi Missaoui recently transitioned to a new role as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Department.
“Teaching is a passion of mine; I do believe it is in my genes,” said Dr. Missaoui. “My dad was a high school teacher who loved his job, so I grew up seeing great joy and satisfaction in him and in his students. I enjoy the learning that goes on as I prepare my lectures and teach my classes, and I believe that academic teaching is the only place where you are paid to learn.”
In her new role, Dr. Missaoui will expand her responsibilities to teaching in several major programs in the College. She will coordinate and teach several courses, including the graduate school seminar course, pharmaceutical techniques and drug developments laboratories designed for B.S. students, and pharmacology designed for the PharmD program. She also will teach sections in CoP’s various academic programs. She added, “Along with my teaching responsibilities, I will conduct research and continue to focus on cancer research, drug formulation, and drug delivery. I look forward to collaborating with anyone interested in these areas.”
Dr. Missaoui has a long list of degrees and accomplishments. She earned a Master of Science in Pharmaceutics from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UGA, and in 2018, she completed a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at UGA. In addition, she has a PharmD degree from the College of Pharmacy in Monastir, Tunisia and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacists equivalency certificate.
Along with being the recipient of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists in 2014, 2015 and 2016, she also was the first recipient of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Women in Pharma Scholarship in 2017. In 2019, she was presented the Outstanding New Alumnus Award from UGA’s CoP.
Dr. Missaoui remarked that she is interested in working with her fellow colleagues to increase student enrollment in the College and establishing strong, permanent partnerships with local pharmaceutical companies in order to provide students with opportunities for internships and post-graduation employment.
“My goal has been always to serve our College, not only as a pharmaceutical scientist, but also as a pharmacist,” said Dr. Missaoui. “This new position will allow me to achieve that, and I look forward to working with everyone to assure the best education and training for our students.”
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