Ballou comes to the UofSC College of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi School
of Pharmacy where she served as coordinator of skills-based development. She earned
her pharmacy degree from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
in Buies Creek, North Carolina and completed a community pharmacy residency at the
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Jennifer Clements, Pharm.D., has been named director of Pharmacy Education for the UofSC College of
Pharmacy, School of Medicine-Greenville Campus. She will have responsibilities in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service
in the Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences department as well as key responsibilities in providing coordination and support
for students on the School of Medicine-Greenville campus.
Clements received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University and completed
a primary care pharmacy practice residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
(VAMC) in Charleston, South Carolina.
T. Chase Francis, Ph.D., joins the Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences department as an assistant professor. He has a longtime interest in how brain stimulation
and pharmacotherapies can be used to alter brain activity, reduce stress and anxiety,
and treat depression.
Francis earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and served as
a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore and the
National Institute of General Medical Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Alessandra Porcu, Pharm.D., Ph.D., will also join the Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences department as an assistant professor of pharmacology. Her research focuses on the
role of neuroplasticity and circadian rhythm in regulating brain functions and behaviors.
Porcu earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Cagliari, Italy and her
Ph.D. from the University of Cagliari and the University of Basel, Switzerland. She
conducted her postdoctoral research at the University of California San Diego.