Dr. Brookie Best is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics and the Associate Dean for Pharmacy Education at the University of California (UC), San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) and the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine (SOM). She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at UC San Diego in Chemistry with an Emphasis in Chemical Education in 1994. She received her Pharm.D. degree in 1999 from UC San Francisco, and did her residency in Pharmacy Practice at the UC San Diego Medical Center in 2000. Dr. Best was an NICHD/NIH Fellowship recipient in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology Research from 2001 to 2004, and completed a Masters of Advanced Studies (M.A.S.) in Clinical Research at UC San Diego in 2007. Dr. Best specializes in pharmacokinetics - the processes by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated by the body - and maternal/fetal and pediatric clinical pharmacology research. Her research efforts have focused on studying anti-HIV drugs in pregnant women, children and non-pregnant adults. She also studies drugs used to treat Kawasaki disease, the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children.