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Paine Research Group

Rakshit Tanna


PBS 328
Spokane, WA


Graduate Student


Doctor of Philosophy, Pharmaceutical Sciences – Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Master of Pharmacy – University of Mumbai, Bombay College of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy – University of Mumbai, Vivekanand Education Society’s College of Pharmacy


Rakshit is currently a third-year graduate student at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (WSU CPPS). Rakshit completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy (2013) and his Master of Pharmacy specializing in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry (2015) at the University of Mumbai, India. While obtaining his Master of Pharmacy, he worked on a year-long thesis project evaluating the effects of organic solvents on drug-metabolizing enzyme activity. Rakshit has about 2.5 years of research experience in the pharmaceutical industry working as a senior research associate at the Biocon Bristol-Myers Squibb Research & Development Center (BBRC). While at BBRC, he supported drug-metabolism and pharmacokinetics aspects in small molecule drug discovery and development. He is experienced in enzyme kinetics, in vitro to in vivo correlations for drug clearance predictions, drug-drug interaction predictions, reaction phenotyping, metabolite identification and bioanalysis of small molecules. His current research focuses on assessing pharmacokinetic drug interaction potential of various natural products, including kratom, goldenseal, and green tea, via in vitro to in vivo extrapolation approaches incorporating in vitro, in silico, and clinical pharmacokinetic evaluations.