Ken Audus

Ken Audus

  • Former Dean
  • Professor
  • School of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmacy, Room 2050
University of Kansas
2010 Becker Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66047


  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (1984-1986)
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (1984)
  • B.S., University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (1980) 


After completing postdoctoral work in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas, Ken Audus joined the faculty of that department in 1986 and worked his way up through the academic ranks to become a full professor in 1996 and chair of the department in 1998. Audus became Dean of the School of Pharmacy in April of 2004.

Professional Leadership & Service

  • Fellow, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists 
  • Editor, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Pharmaceutics
  • Teacher of the Year and for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Pharmaceutical Chemistry, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Research Overview

Dean Audus’ research interests have included the development and application of cell culture models to study drug distribution across the blood-brain barrier for the treatment of tumors and Alzheimer’s disease, and human trophoblast culture systems for studying how drug distribution across the placenta might be controlled and provide for safer drugs for mother and the fetus during pregnancy.

Research Interests

  • Blood-Brain Barrier
  • Placental Barrier
  • Endothelia
  • Trophoblasts
  • In Vitro Models
  • Transport
  • Metabolism
  • Drug delivery


Selected Publications

Joshi, A. A., Vaidya, S. S., St-Pierre, M. V., Mikheev, A. M., Nyandege, A. N., Audus, K. L., Unadkat, J. D., & Gerk, P. M. (2016). Placental ABC Transporters: Biological Impact and Pharmaceutical Significance. Pharmaceutical research. DOI:10.1007/s11095-016-2028-8

Kuhnline Sloan, C. D., Nandi, P. Linz, T. H., Aldrich, J. V., Audus, K. L., & Lunte, S. M. (2012). Analytical and biological methods for probing the blood-brain barrier. Annu Rev Anal Chem, 5, 505–531. DOI:10.1146/annurev-anchem-062011-143002

Audus, K. L., Moreton, J. E., Normann, S. A., Sands, C. D., Seaba, H. H., Wincor, M. Z., Sagraves, R. & Miller, K. W. (2010). Going global: the report of the 2009-2010 Research and Graduate Affairs Committee. Am J Pharm Educ, 74(10), S8.

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU