Avadhesh C. Sharma, PharmD, PhD | PCOM Georgia Faculty
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Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Sharma has more than 20 years of extensive experience in research and teaching of cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology.

Dr. Sharma has been instrumental in developing the infrastructure for research at the School of Pharmacy duly supported by PCOM. In a newly-developed Pharmacy Research Laboratory at the Georgia campus, Dr. Sharma is developing an in vitro paradigm (using stem cell derived cardiomyocyte and primary human cardiomyocyte culture) to assess in vivo clinical cardiovascular pathophysiology. Dr. Sharma envisions advancing the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as a platform for the growth and development of students and faculty at the PCOM School of Pharmacy - Georgia Campus.

As a member of Executive Leadership Team of the PCOM School of Pharmacy, Dr. Sharma is integral part of accreditation process (governed by Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education). Dr. Sharma is leading the department of pharmaceutical sciences in providing education to professional PharmD students at the School of Pharmacy.


In his search for clinical biomarkers for the early stages of congestive heart failure, Dr. Sharma’s research is focused on apoptosis and the signaling cascade that occur with sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction. In addition to intramural resources, Dr. Sharma’s research had been funded through the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of NIH, American Heart Association and Oral & Maxillofacial Research Foundation.


President: Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America, Inc. (ASIOA), 2010-2012 Fourth National meeting of ASIOA (Suwanee, GA, Jan 15-17, 2011)

Vice-President: Third National meeting of ASIOA, January 17-19, 2009, Denton, TX

Managing Editor: Frontiers in Bioscience, Encyclopedia in Bioscience, Volume 10-11, 2005-2006. Advances in Systemic Inflammatory Response


  • Sharma A.C., Principal Investigator, Ketamine-mediated modulation of NMDA and opioid receptors on activated platelets, CCDA, PCOM, 2010-2012.
  • Sharma A.C., Co-Investigator (David Grogan, PI), Low-dose Ketamine (intraoperative) decreases postoperative opioid use. Oral Maxillofacial Research Foundation, 2010-2011.
  • Sharma A.C., Principal Investigator, Endothelin converting enzyme in sepsis: cardiac function. NHLBI, 2006-2008.
  • Sharma A.C., Principal Investigator “Interactive Endothelin and Nitric Oxide Mechanisms in Myocardial Dysfunction in Sepsis.” Beginning Grant in Aid, Northland Affiliate, American Heart Association, 2002-2004.