Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences


Faculty Profiles

Ray, Sidhartha

Sidhartha Ray, Ph.D., FACN

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
(toxicology & medical microbiology, immunology)

Dr. Sidhartha Ray joined the Pharmacy Program in May 2011, and served as the founding chair of the department of pharmaceutical sciences.  He teaches a wide range of biomedical science and Integrated Therapeutic courses and serves on various academic committees. Prior to MUCOP, he was a full professor of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences at the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of Long Island University. He has decades of academic experience in teaching, research, service and administration. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Life Sciences from the University of Indore (DAVV) in Indore, India. He received post-doctoral training from Rutgers University, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of New Mexico College of pharmacy and Medical College of Virginia/VCU at Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Ray is the recipient of the Society of Toxicology’s 2013 Undergraduate Educator National Award. Click here to see Dr. Ray's full bio.

Areas of interest/Recent projects

Role of microRNA during Drug and Chemically-induced apoptotic and necrotic cell deaths in target organs in vivo.



  • 1996: American Academy of Clinical Toxicology’s-National Research award
  • 1999: Fellow of the ‘American College of Nutrition’
  • 2005: David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching Pharmacy
  • 2008: Abraham Krasnoff Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship
  • 2013: Society of Toxicology's Educator of the Year National award
  • 2014: Manchester University College of Pharmacy’s Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award
  • 2015: Senior Toxicologist Award: ASIO-SOT-SIG: Society of Toxicology

    EDITOR: Side Effects of Drugs: Annual (Elsevier)

    Associate Editor: Archives of Toxicology (SPRINGER; Impact Factor: 6.62)

    Associate Editor: Encyclopedia of Toxicology (Elsevier)

    Worldwide Collaborations


    Classes Taught/Teaching Responsibilities at Manchester

    Core courses:

    • PHRM 310: Biomedical Sciences-I (Med. Microbio/Biotech)
    • PHRM 311: Biomedical Sciences-II (Immunology/Portions of A&P)
    • PHRM 450: IPT Intro Series (Drug Metabolism/ Toxicology)
    • PHARM 555: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics- Immunology
    • PHARM 557: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics- Toxicology


    • PHRM 486: Principles of Toxicology & Clinical Toxicology
    • PHARM 580: Principles of Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine
    • CHEM 451 Toxicology & Human Health

    Areas of Research interests
    Mechanisms of cell injury and cell death (apoptosis, necrosis; apocrosis or aponecrosis or necraptosis); Role of oxidative stress in drug-induced organ injury; Role of miRNA during apoptotic, necrotic and apocrotic cell deaths in target organs in vivo; Anti-cancer, anti-toxic and medicinal properties of phytochemicals; Role of complex mixture of Phytochemicals and Nutraceuticals in disease prevention, nutrition, health, and wellness.

    Seminal Discoveries

    (i) First report of apocrosis (or aponecrosis or necraptosis; features of both apoptosis & necrosis in one cell)

    1995: The Toxicologist 15 (1), Pp. 187, 1994 ( - Soc. Of Toxicology Annual meeting publication).


    1996: First publication: J. pf Pharmacol. Exp. Therapeutics:


    1999: Ray, S.D. Cell Death and Apoptosis, In “General and Applied Toxicology”, Bryan Ballantyne, Timothy Marrs, and Paul Turner, (Eds), Vol. I, Chapter-9, Pp. 176-200, Stockton/McMillan Publications, 1999.











    2009: Ray, SD. Et al.: “Apoptosis and Cell Death”, 3rd Edition, Vol. I, Chapter-11, Pp. 247-312, in Ballantyne, Marrs and Syversen Eds., ‘General and Applied Toxicology‘; Wylie Publishing, UK, 2009.






    Other Significant Discoveries: