Dean's Office


Mathew FeteMatthew G. Fete PhD is the Dean and a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Fete received his BS in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and earned his PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder where he taught chemistry courses for nearly 10 years.

Dr. Fete’s early career opportunities included employment as a research scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder where he focused on the synthesis of molecular inhibitors for targeting bacterial resistance mechanisms.  Additionally, he has been employed as a research scientist at Sierra Neuropharmaceuticals Inc., where he re-formulated known antipsychotic drugs for direct administration into a lateral ventricle of the human brain using medical device pumps.  Dr. Fete was also employed as a research chemist at InPhase Technologies where he led projects focused on the synthesis, characterization, and purification of organic materials, monomers, and polymers for the use in holographic storage.

In 2010, Dr. Fete joined Regis University School of Pharmacy where he was a founding faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  During his tenure at Regis University, he also served as Interim Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Interim Dean of the School of Pharmacy. 

Dr. Fete’s research interests include the synthesis of molecules to address antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and for targeting gene or drug-loaded lipoplexes to carcinogenic tumors. He has collaborated with colleagues and students to study the prevalence of FDA banned and discouraged use ingredients in over the counter supplements and he is also engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Fete’s effort to include students in scholarly activities has resulted in numerous student-authored presentations and publications culminating with three students earning recognition as prestigious Walmart Scholars by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Dr. Fete is a faculty inductee of Phi Lambda Sigma, the National Pharmacy Leadership Society and an honorary inductee to the National Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. He is a graduate of the Ignatian Colleagues Leadership program, a program established by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities to develop individuals who are capable of and committed to assuming leadership and who work collaboratively to adapt to the future challenges of higher education.


Leadership Team

Charisse Johnson

Charisse Johnson M.S., PharmD, is the Assistant Dean of Experiential & Professional Education and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practiceat Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU COP).  Dr. Johnson received both her Doctor of Pharmacy degree (1998) and Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration (2003) from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy (UIC-COP). Possessing formal teaching experiences in both didactic and experiential arenas with student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, Dr. Johnson has served in various capacities as a guest speaker, course instructor, and graduate teaching assistant lecturing on topics such as regulatory policy, patient safety, and the pharmacist’s role in community health. In February 2018, Dr. Johnson received her teacher certification from the Center for KORU Mindfulness.  Prior to joining Chicago State University, Dr. Johnson was the Professional Affairs Manager at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. She also has practice experience in community and health-systems pharmacy.  Dr. Johnson has served as a board member for both the National Pharmaceutical Association and Chicago Pharmacists Association. She is also a member of Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. She has received a number of awards and accolades, including the UIC COP Sister Margaret Wright Graduate Award, the UIC COP Urban Health Program Distinguished Alumni Award, the CSU COP Dean’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, and the CSU Academic & Student Affairs Excellence Award.


LalitaLalita Prasad-Reddy PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCACP, CDECS is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Prasad-Reddy received her PharmD degree from Creighton University and  her Masters in Health Communication from Boston University.   She completed a PGY1 residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a PGY2 specialty residency in ambulatory care at Butler University College of Pharmacy/Indiana University Health in 2010.    Currently, she maintains a clinical practice at Rush University Internists where she is an ambulatory care specialist managing patients with chronic care disease states.  She is also the Associate Discipline Director of Pharmacology at Rush Medical College. 

Dr. Prasad-Reddy’s clinical and academic interests include cardiovascular risk reduction, endocrinology, women’s health, health communication and outreach, and education disparities.  She is a member of several pharmacy organizations including the Rho-Chi Honor Society, American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), and is the recipient of multiple accolades including the Rockefeller Award from The University of Chicago, and Teacher of the Year as well as Preceptor of the Year from Chicago State University.  Dr. Prasad-Reddy is excited to join the student affairs team to continue imparting her passion for pharmacy with the practitioners of tomorrow!


Michael Danquah
Michael Danquah, M.S., Ph.D. is the Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). He obtained his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Dr. Danquah has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Danquah’s research interests include: (i) Design and synthesis of novel biodegradable polymers for controlled drug and nucleic acid delivery, (ii) Nano-based combination therapy for treating cancer, (iii) Design and construction of novel bipartite shRNA expressing plasmids for cancer therapy, (iv) Formulation, delivery, in vitro and in vivo characterization of siRNA and shRNA for treating cancer and (v) Application of stem cells and biomaterials for tissue regeneration and repair. His research accomplishments in these areas are documented in several published peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the recipient of the AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, creator of the NAPLEX® calculations prep app and author/editor of the books “Pharmaceutical Calculations: 1001 questions with answers” and “Emerging Trends in Cell and Gene Therapy”.

Dr. Danquah is a Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Nanomedicine and editorial board member of nine scientific journals. He is a regular reviewer of several journals including Pharmaceutical Research and Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. He is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), and the Controlled Release Society (CRS).


Vicky Shah

Dr. Vicky Shah Pharm.D. is the interim Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and a Clinical Associate Professor at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, DC and completed post-graduate residency training at Suburban Hospital –Johns Hopkins Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to coming here, Dr. Shah has five years of teaching experience from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His clinical site is Internal Medicine and Antimicrobial Stewardship at MacNeal/Loyola Hospital. He is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Dr. Shah is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and hopes to teach a variety of topics to students at Chicago State University.


Jeremy HughesJeremy Hughes, PharmD, EdD.c. is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at CSU College of Pharmacy. He oversees academic standards and progression, academic scheduling, and curricular and programmatic assessment.  He has developed and implemented cross-cohort case-based learning and case-based interprofessional activities and has designed and executed student portfolios targeting affective domain development utilizing Reflective Journal Writing and Competency Assignments.

Additionally, he is responsible for administrative aspects of the curriculum and assessment, instructional design/development activities, and contributes to faculty professional development.  Dr. Hughes is certified through the Team-Based Learning Collaborative and has taught topics in endocrinology, sexual and reproductive health, veterinary pharmacy, compounding, and leadership.  He has served in academia for the past eight years in Academic Affairs, Experiential Education, and Student Affairs roles and as a practitioner and preceptor for five different colleges of pharmacy since 2002.  

Prior to working full time in academia, he worked in a variety of settings including veterinary pharmacy, independent pharmacy, compounding pharmacy, chain pharmacy, and manufacturing. Dr. Hughes graduated with his PharmD from Washington State University and is currently pursing his educational doctorate in learning and leadership from Aspen University.


Rahul Garg

Rahul Garg, PhD, M.Pharm, B.Pharm, is the Director of Assessment and an Assistant Professor of Social and Administrative Sciences at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Garg received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Delhi University, India (2008) and Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics from Banaras Hindu University, India (2010). He then worked for 2 years as a Junior Manager to develop generic drug formulations at Dr. Reddy’s Pharmaceuticals ltd. in Hyderabad, India. Following this, Dr. Garg completed his PhD in Health Economics and Outcomes Research from West Virginia University (2017). After his doctorate degree, Dr. Garg worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Novartis, New Jersey and completed a research fellowship with the National Sleep Foundation. 

Dr. Garg’s expertise includes data analysis of large secondary databases such as health insurance claims and national health surveys. He is also trained and experienced in conducting survey research by designing survey scales to collect primary data. Dr. Garg’s research interests include understanding the factors associated with opioid abuse, dependence, and overdose among high-risk individuals in the US. He is also interested in increasing the rates of adherence with medication assisted treatment (MAT) among individuals addicted with opioids. Dr. Garg is a member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).