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Hemachand Tummala

Hemachand Tummala

Associate Professor
South Dakota State University


Hemachand Tummala is an Associate Professor and a Faculty Scholar of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He also serves as the Director, Vaccine Adjuvant research at Medgene Labs., Brookings. His research interests are in the area of design of various vaccine and drug delivery systems for cancer, viral diseases and neurological diseases. He has over 30 publications and presentations, 1 book chapter, two pending patent applications. Dr.Tummala’s lab has discovered a novel bioactive polymer (TLR-4 agonist), inulin acetate. Using Inulin acetate they have engineered a pathogen mimicking vaccine delivery system (PMVDS). Based on its innovation PMVDS technology won the national award “2013-American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists- Innovation in Biotechnology award”. PMVDS technology is licensed to Medgene Labs., Brookings, SD for commercialization. Dr. Tummala teaches courses in the field of pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics to professional pharmacy students and graduate students. He has been a research mentor for 12 undergraduate students, five graduate students. He also serves in the editorial board of several journals and has served as a reviewer for national funding agencies. He is a recipient of “2013-Distinguished Researcher” award and “2014-Student Association Teacher of the Year” award for the college of Pharmacy.

Research Interest

Drug delivery and drug targeting, Transdermal delivery of nanoparticles, Novel Drug Deliveries for Cancer, Vaccine Design, Alzheimer's disease and mitochondrial pathology.