Kathleen Frey

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 

Contact Information


  • Foundations in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Integrated Pharmacotherapy
  • Principles of Drug Design
  • Toxicology of Drugs and Chemicals


  • Structure-based drug design
  • Protein/X-ray crystallography
  • Molecular modeling
  • Computational chemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Molecular pharmacology


  • BS, University of Connecticut
  • PhD, University of Connecticut

Academic Profile

Dr. Kathleen Frey joined the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in January 2019. Dr. Frey received a BS in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (specializing in Medicinal Chemistry) from the University of Connecticut. Following graduate studies, Dr. Frey completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, Dr. Frey received the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) to develop structure-activity and structure-property relationships for non-nucleoside compounds targeting HIV. Dr. Frey has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles on structure-based drug design for HIV, MRSA, opportunistic infections, and cancer. In addition to research, Dr. Frey was also a postdoctoral teaching scholar at Yale University and received training from Yale Center for Teaching and Learning.

In 2015, Dr. Frey accepted her first faculty position at Long Island University (LIU) Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. During her 3.5-year appointment, Dr. Frey taught medicinal chemistry in the professional pharmacy program and pharmacology/medicinal chemistry in the MS graduate program. Dr. Frey also conducted research at LIU and mentored several MS students conducting dissertation research. Dr. Frey received the AACP New Investigator Award in 2017 to develop computational and experimental methods to predict HIV drug resistance. She also received several internal grants at LIU to support various research projects in computational chemistry and structural biology.

Dr. Frey is excited to return to her home state of New Jersey. At FDU, she intends to develop student-friendly, visual-based methods to teach medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. She also hopes to engage students in drug design research using computational methods and molecular modeling.

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