Philip Cox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6518
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Phil Cox, Ph.D. comes to APU after completing doctoral work in Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Phil is broadly interested in drug metabolism and drug metabolizing enzyme biochemistry. Drug metabolism is the process that the body uses to alter the structure of ingested drugs in order to facilitate their excretion. In essence, drug metabolism helps rid the body of foreign chemical substances. This process is facilitated by many drug metabolizing enzymes, including a large family of enzymes called the cytochromes P450. During his doctoral work, Phil made strides towards elucidated the chemical moieties of the widely used anti-HIV drug efavirenz that render it a substrate for the human drug metabolizing enzyme cytochrome P450 2B6. At APU, work in the Cox lab continues to focus on characterizing the interaction of cytochrome P450 2B6 and efavirenz using classic biochemical, analytical, and molecular approaches.


  • Ph.D., Pharmacology, 2016, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • B.S., Biology-Chemistry, 2010, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Biology and Chemistry


  • Drug Metabolism
  • Pharmacology

Courses Taught

  • BIOC 360 Principles of Biochemistry
  • BIOC 360L Principles of Biochemistry Lab
  • CHEM 123 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 151L General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 152L General Chemistry II Lab