• Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy
  • Director, Graduate Studies

David M. Ferguson, PhD, is a medicinal chemist and creator of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy's popular Drugs of Abuse class. His research interests include opioids, anticancer agents, computational chemistry and structure based drug design. His lab is currently applying synthetic medicinal chemistry to anticancer drug research. 

  • Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Sarah Gollust, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Public Health. Dr. Gollust conducts research on the influence of communication in health policy and the factors that shape public opinion and the policymaking process. Areas of research and teaching interest include health disparities, policies to prevent childhood obesity, cancer screening, and ethical issues in public health practice and policy. Her current major research projects include media coverage of the Affordable Care Act and mass media messages about mammography and the HPV vaccine. Dr. Gollust is available to discuss topics including, but not limited to, public attitudes about policies to reduce obesity and media coverage and public opinion about the Affordable Care Act. 

  • Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
  • Director of Research, Rural Health Research Center

Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts reproductive-age women and their families. She researches the policy impact among special populations, including working mothers, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income women, and rural populations. Her current research examines the measurement and improvement of maternity care quality, with a focus on vulnerable populations and geographic variations.