DeLuca is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy who has spent the past 15 years building a strong professional relationship with faculty and students at the University of Perugia. He has visited on several occasions as a lecturer, and also has invited visiting students to work with him in his own lab at UK.
The University of Perugia is one of the oldest higher learning institutions in Europe and the tradition of granting honorary degrees is a rich and honored one; the first honorary doctorate given by the school was to Pope John XXII in 1311.
DeLuca received the prestigious Honorary Doctorate from the University of Perugia during a ceremony on May 30.
In the fall of 2004, DeLuca was notified that the University of Perugia's Faculty of Pharmacy had nominated him for this honor and last year, he learned that the University's Magnificent Rector had officially approved to confer the degree.
DeLuca, along with a group of 20 supporters from the United States, including family, friends and colleagues from UK, attended the formal ceremony where he gave a speech about his research in novel drug delivery systems for treating prostate cancer, endometriosis and schizophrenia and future challenges in this field of study.
DeLuca, a longtime UK faculty member, received his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from Temple University. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, AAPS Executive Council Member-at-Large, and editor of the AAPS PharmSciTech scientific journal. At UK, his primary teaching and research responsibilities and interests are in novel drug delivery, formulation and process development of proteins and peptides, and freeze-drying.