Valentino J. Stella, a Kansas University pharmaceutical chemistry professor, has been named a university distinguished professor.
Stella's research centers on the application of physical organic chemistry principles to the problems of drug delivery systems.
Warner-Lambert/Parke Davis expects to begin marketing a form of phenytoin, an antiseizure drug, developed by Stella. It will be one of the few marketed drugs developed in a university setting.
A native of Australia, Stella received a degree in pharmacy from Victorian College of Pharmacy in Melbourne, Australia, before coming to KU. He completed a doctorate in analytical pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutics in 1971 with Takeru Higuchi as his graduate adviser. He was an assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of Illinois Medical Center from 1971 to 1973 and joined the KU faculty as an assistant professor of pharmaceutical chemistry that summer. He was promoted to professor in 1981, and he was named the director of the Center for Drug Delivery Research at KU in 1989.