Heidi Mansour

Associate Professor - Tucson

Heidi Mansour, PhD, RPh, associate professor with tenure, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, serves as associate professor, College of Medicine, Clinical Translational Sciences and at the BIO5 Institute. Other appointments include track director, pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics; Therapeutic Development Program Research Member, NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center; affiliate faculty member, Institute of the Environment; and director, PharmD/PhD dual-degree joint program.  As PI on multiple NIH, NSF, FDA, and pharmaceutical industrial grants, Dr. Mansour successfully leads multiple cutting-edge research projects. Her innovative research program has produced Assistant Professors who are employed at major research universities in the United States and in the Republic of S. Korea. In addition, her research program has produced Senior Research Scientists who are employed in major pharmaceutical companies in the United States. As Postdoc Mentor, Dr. Mansour has successfully mentored and trained over 10 Postdoctoral Research Scholars in her research program.  As Major Professor, Dr. Mansour has successfully trained and graduated 3 doctoral graduate students with PhD degrees. Her mentoring experience extends as an active faculty mentor in the ATS Assembly Mentorship Program for several mentees in the ATS Assemblies each year.

Editorial Advisory Board member to several journals, Mansour has authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications, 13 book chapters, and co-edited 2 books. She serves on the drug-device discovery and development committee for the American Thoracic Society and annual faculty instructor, International Society of Aerosols in Medicine where she co-chaired the drug delivery: new devices and emerging therapies group.


  • Inhalation Aerosols: Physical and Biological Basis for Therapy. Hickey, A. J. and Mansour, H.M. (Editors), Third Edition, Lung Biology in Health and Diseases Series, Executive Editor, Dr. Claude Lenfant, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, London, United Kingdom. (2019) 418 pages. ISBN 9781138064799
  • Nanomedicine in Drug Delivery. Kumar, A., Mansour, H.M., Friedman, A., and Blough, E. (Editors), CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, London, United Kingdom. (2013) 469 pages. ISBN: 9781466506169


Research Areas: 

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Inhaled medical aerosols
  • Lung transplantation
  • Microparticulates/nanoparticulates
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Nanotechnology and nanomedicine
  • Lung surfactant and respiratory distress syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Infectious diseases
  • Acute lung injury
  • CNS and brain neurotherapeutics
  • Inhaled medical aerosols and inhaler devices
  • Advanced drug delivery systems
  • Drug-device combination products
  • In vitro USP/FDA performance testing
  • In vitro 2-D/3-D human cellular models for drug transport
  • In vivo animal models for PK/PD


  • Post-Doctoral, Molecular Pharmaceutics, University of North Carolina, 2008
  • Post-Doctoral, Pharmaceutical Science, University of Wisconsin, 2004
  • PhD Major, Pharmaceutics/Drug Delivery, University of Wisconsin, 2003
  • PhD Minor, Advanced Physical and Interfacial Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1999
  • BS, Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, 1996

View Dr. Mansour's UA Profile here and her NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center profile here.

Research Interests: 
Biomedical engineering
Cancer Biology and Cancer Prevention
Cardiology and Cardiovascular Science
Drug discovery
Molecular medicine