Research in the Kompella lab is currently focused on nanotechnology as it pertains to drug and gene delivery via ocular, nasal, and pulmonary routes of administration. The research group utilizes supercritical fluid technology for the preparation of polymeric nanoparticles, nanoporous particles, microparticles, and soluble complexes used as novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, corneal angiogenesis, and cancers.
Dr. Kompella is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ophthalmology, and Bioengineering at University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, with research interests in the areas of drug discovery, drug delivery, and nanotechnology for treating a variety of degenerative, neovascular, and inflammatory disorders including retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and cancers. Ocugen, Inc. is a public company co-founded by Dr. Kompella. Dr. Kompella is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery. He is an editor for the journals, Pharmaceutical Research and the Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Kompella is a recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Distinguished Teacher Award (University of Nebraska Medical Center), and Dean’s Mentoring Award (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus), and Undergraduate Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (Auburn University). He is also a recipient of the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research/Pfizer Ophthalmics/Carl Camras Translational Research Award in Ophthalmology. Dr. Kompella obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Southern California.
2011-present Editor-in-Chief, Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
2011-present Associate Editor (Drug Delivery), Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
2008-2020 Field Editor, Research manuscripts, Pharmaceutical Research
2004-2008 Editor, Expert Reviews, Pharmaceutical Research
2004-12/2008 Editor, Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs
Equipment available for experimental use in the Kompella lab includes: