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June 2016 

Drake University


Megan Brady, director of health sciences experiential and assistant professor of health sciences

Jon Hurdelbrink, assistant professor of health sciences


Michael Andreski, associate professor, social and administrative pharmacy

Brian Gentry, associate professor, pharmacology

Andrea L. Kjos, associate professor, social and administrative pharmacy

Renae J. Chesnut, tenure at rank of professor, pharmacy practice

East Tennessee State University


Debbie C. Byrd has been named the new dean of the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University.

Manchester University


David F. Kisor, Ozlem H. Ersin and Jennifer A. Henriksen received tenure status.

Ohio Northern University


Thomas L. Kier received the 2016 Beal Award for outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession. 

Karen L. Kier received the 2016 Keys Award for her longstanding commitment to the Ohio Pharmacists Association.

Purdue University


Arun K. Ghosh received $284,819 from Kumamoto University for “Development of Antiretroviral Non-PI Agents that Penetrate Central Nervous System and Exert Potent Activity Against Various HIV-1.”

Marlene O. Heeg received $134,000 from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for “Exploring Strategies to Improve Chronic Heart Failure Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Readmissions.”

Lynne S. Taylor received $131,269 from Bend Research, Inc. for “New Approaches for Miscibility Evaluation in Spray-Dried Formulations.”

Elizabeth M. Topp received $296,583 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “Protein Aggregation in Amorphous Solids.”

Michael K. Wendt received $23,858 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Targeting FGFR to Prevent the Outgrowth of Metastatic Breast Cancer.”

Zhong-Yin Zhang received $37,347 from SUNY Upstate Medical University for “Targeting of Shp2 Tyrosine Phosphatase in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms.”


Carol Ott was promoted to clinical professor.

Chris Rochet was promoted to professor.

Shenandoah University


Robert DiCenzo has been named Shenandoah University’s next dean of the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy. DiCenzo will begin his new position on June 27, 2016.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University


Brooke L. Gildon joined the college of pharmacy as an associate professor in pharmacy practice.

Horrick Sharma joined the college of pharmacy as an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry.


David A. Ralph was named dean of SWOSU College of Pharmacy.

The University of Arizona


Matt Bertsch was named Rookie Preceptor of the Year.

Dyan Cherry was named Preceptor of the Year.

Sid Patanwala was named Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year.

Richard R. Vaillancourt was named Basic Sciences Educator of the Year.

The University of Findlay


Laura Perry received the 2016 Faculty Excellence Award.

The University of Tennessee


Roland N. Dickerson was recently appointed associate editor of the journal Nutrition.


Marie A. Chisholm-Burns selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation.

Stephanie J. Phelps received The University of Tennessee Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award.

Catherine M. Crill and Jonathan Hoover received Excellence in Teaching Awards from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Student Government Association Executive Committee. David Rogers was also honored for his excellence in teaching.

University of Illinois at Chicago


Debra Tonetti and Gregory Thatcher, co-principal investigators, received $25,000 from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium for their project “Therapeutic Efficacy of Novel SEM and SERD Drugs in Breast Cancer PDXs.”

Hyunyoung Jeong and her University of Chicago collaborator, Eugene Chang, received $199,998 for the Chicago Biomedical Consortium Catalyst Award “Role of Gut Microbiota in Determining Drug Efficacy and Toxicity.”

Michael E. Johnson received $159,867 from NIH/NIAID as a subcontract PI on R33 grant “Antibiotic Potentiation by Targeting of a Signal Transduction System.” He is collaborating with University of Chicago group lead by Robert Daum and Susan Boyle-Vavra.

Pavel Petukhov and co-principal investigator Jonna Frasor received $233,570 in continuation funding for NIH/NCI R21 project “Photoreactive Histone Deacetylase Probes for Chromatin Immunoprecipitation in Cancer.”

Jim Wang and co-principal investigator Frank Porreca (The University of Arizona) received $567,508 for the first year of their NIH/NIDA R01 grant “Cortical Opioid Dysfunction in Chronic Pain.”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Rachel Church, research assistant professor

Jon Easter, professor of the practice, director of the Center for Medication Optimization through Practice and Policy


Kristy Ainslie, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, $40,000, Novel Scaffold with Tunable Temporal Drug Release for Treatment of Glioblastoma. From the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, she received $1,406,823 for “Host Targeted Therapy for Drug Resistant Salmonella and Francisella infection” and $199,258 for “Microparticle Resiquimod for the Treatment of Visceral Leishmaniasis.”

Jeffrey Aube received $128,062 for “Molecular Cancer Therapy Targeting HuR-ARE Interaction,” $80,817 for “Small molecules modulating RNA-binding protein MSI1,” $77,520 for “HTS to Identify Small Molecules to Disrupt Abnormal Huntingtin Interactions in HD,” and $82,165 for “Structure and Function of Cytochrome P450 17A1” from University of Kansas Center for Research.

Aube also received $524,841 from Cornell University Medical Campus for “Tri-Institutional TB Research Unit: Persistence and Latency 1U19AI111143 - Chemistry Core.”

Stacy Bailey received $11,746 for “Health Literacy/Numeracy and Patient Education in Pregnancy-Related Diabetes Mellitus,” $66,309 for “Testing a Medication Risk Communication and Surveillance Strategy: The EMC2 Trial,” $22,745 for Tools for Optimizing Medication Safety TOP-MEDS and $11,440 for “Subcontract to Northwestern University” from Northwestern University.

Susan Blalock, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, $804,344, Enhancing Patient Ability to Understand and Utilize Complex Information Concerning Medication Self-Management

Kim R. Brouwer, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $587,047, Altered Hepatic Disposition of Anionic Drugs-Mechanisms

Delesha Carpenter, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, $33,151, Addressing Methodological and Ethical Issues in Pediatric Medication Safety Research

Mackenzie Cottrell, University of Pittsburgh, $156,976, Animal Model for Testing SIV Latency Reversal Strategies

Joel F. Farley, Community Care of North Carolina, $536,994, Farley Subaward to Community Care of North Carolina

Alan Forrest, Monash University, $235,966, New Tricks for ‘Old’ Drugs: PK/PD of Polymyxin Nonantibiotic Combinations

Alan Forrest, Wayne State University, $38,070, Optimizing Clinical Use of Polymyxin B: Teaching and Old Drug to Treat Superbugs. He also received $52,502 from SUNY at Buffalo for “Novel PK/PD Strategies for Polymyxin Combinations against Gram-Negative Superbugs.”

Stephen Frye, Initos Pharmaceuticals, LLC, $94,764, STTR: Development of Small Molecules that Enhance the Delivery and the Pharmacological Effects of Oligonucleotides. Frye also received $180,000 from Reveris Therapeutics for “STTR: Developing therapeutic inhibitors of CIB1 for breast cancer.”

Daniel Gonzalez received $44,398 for “Soli Peds Phase 1b Enroll Phase II/III Start-up,” $26,568 for “Solithromycin PK and Safety Study,” and $9,087 for “Pediatric Trials Network: Task Order 29: Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole and Clindamycin” from Duke University. He also received $130,305 from NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for “Use of Physiologically-Based PK/PD Models to Streamline Drug Approvals.”

Nate Hathaway, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, $10,000, Development of Novel Inhibitors of Mammalian Heterochromatin Gene Repression

Federico Innocenti, received $201,842 for “ACTO_Appendix IIB to CALGB/SWOG C80405” and $137,866 for “Genentech Analysis of Biospecimens from the CALGB/SWOG C80405 Study” from Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation.

Timothy J. Ives, The University of Iowa, $37,407, MEDication Focused Outpatient Care for Underutilization of Secondary Prevention

Michael Jay, Capture Pharmaceuticals, $85,258, STTR: Orally Bioavailable Gadolinium Chelators for Preventing and Ameliorating Toxicity Due to MRI Contrast Agents

Alexander Kabanov received, $80,925 for “Targeted Core Shell Nanogels for Triple Negative Breast Cancer” and $344,549 for “PEGylated Liposomal Doxorubicin and Pluronic Combination for and Cancer Therapy” from NIH National Cancer Institute. He also received $411,216 from NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Nanoformulation of the Neuroprotectant BDNF for treatment of stroke.”

Angela Kashuba, Eastern Virginia Medical School, $102,816, Differential HIV Infection & Tenofovir Activity In Pre & Postmenopausal Women. She also received $803,345 for “Novel Mass Spectrometry Imaging Methods to Quantify Antiretroviral Adherence” and $1,175,010 for “Multi-Species Mechanisms of Drug Bio-distribution in HIV Tissue Reservoirs” from NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Kashuba additionally received $2,875 from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for “UNC - CCHMC Service Agreement;” $1,700 from Brigham and Women’s Hospital for “BWH subcontract AIDS Clinical Trial Group UM1 AI068636;” $61,890 from University of Pittsburgh for “Visualization of In Vivo HIV-1 Vaginal Transmission in the Presence and Absence of PrEP;” and $97,426 from Dartmouth College for “Microbicide and Chemical Contraceptive Interactions in the Female Reproductive Tract.”

Dmitri Kireev, University of Florida, $15,000, Virtual screening for inhibitors of Metnase methyltransferase activity

Sam Lai, VentureWell, $32,500, Carolina E(I) Lab: A Multidisciplinary, Entrepreneurial Experience in Transforming Bold Ideas into Successful Ventures. Lai also received $159,258 from Boston University for “Optimizing plantibodies for trapping HIV and HSV in cervicovaginal mucus,” and $65,434 from Mucommune LLC for “STTR: Delivery of pathogen-trapping antibodies for vaginal protection.”

David Lawrence received $259,317 for “Synthetic Regulators of Tyrosine Protein Kinases,” $466,217 for “Single Cell Sampling of Signaling Activity in Triple Negative Breast Cancer” and $28,814 for “Synthetic Regulators of Tyrosine Protein Kinases,” from NIH National Cancer Institute.

Andrew Lee, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $270,828 and $30,092, The Role of Dynamics in Enzyme Mechanism and Inhibition.

Jian Liu, DHHS Food and Drug Administration, $249,999, Probing the heparin structural elements for high risk of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). Liu also received $92,950 from the California Institute of Technology for “Expedited Synthesis of Glycosaminoglycans Containing Defined Sulfation Domains;” $30,000 from The United States Pharmacopeial Convention for “Improving Molecular Weight Analysis of Heparin and Low Molecular Weight Heparins;” and $95,000 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for from “Liver mediated clearance of low molecular weight heparins.”

Liu additionally received $2,500 for “Task 2 Preparation Heparan Sulfate Oligosaccarides;” and $50,000 for “SBIR: Chemoenzymatic synthesis of heparan sulfate oligosaccharides” from Glycan Therapuetics Inc. From Michigan State University, Liu received $88,421 for “Homogeneous Heparan Sulfate Glycopeptides: Synthetic and Functional Studies.”

Rihe Liu, NIH National Cancer Institute, $275,105, Novel Single Domain Antibodies with Multivalency and Multispecificity

Xin Ming, NIH National Cancer Institute, $278,160, Combination Therapy of OvCa with Oligonucleotides and Photodynamic Therapy.

Kenneth Pearce, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, $200,000, High Content Cell Imager for Enabling Cellular and Phenotypic Assay Drug Discovery Screens. Pearce also received $342,000 from NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases for “High Throughput Screening Assay for IP7K inositol pyrophosphate kinases.”

Denise Rhoney, CSL Behring Foundation, $16,528, Assessment of Kcentra Dosing Practices within Neurocritical Care

Mary Roth McClurg, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, $2,490,490, Enhancing Performance in Primary Care Medical Practice through Implementation of Comprehensive Medication Management

Philip Smith, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., $16,000, Analysis of Bcrp in RBCs of the Human, Rat and Other Species-Task Order 5 Alexander Tropsha, DOD DN Office of Naval Research, $100,000, Materials Informatics Platform for Property Prediction

Tim Wiltshire, University of Pennsylvania, $25,000, Personalization of Therapeutic Efficacy and Risk

Xiao Xiao, NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, $335,662, Gene Delivery for Fukutin-Related Protein Deficiencies and $332,500, Gene Delivery to Muscle and Nerve for Laminin-Alpha2-Deficient MD (MDC1A).

Yue Xiong, Leidos Biomedical Research, $10,300 and $39,992, Task Order#9- BOA under 5-58589 as a Comprehensive Chemical Biology Scree

William Zamboni, NexImmune, $61,672, Assay Development and Validation for Quantitation of Kb-SIY-dimer and anti-CD28 ligands in Solution for CMC Studies by High Resolution Mass Spectrometry

William Zamboni, Translational Genomics Research Institute, $21,981, Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Erlotinib and Carrier Components In Brain+Tumor And Plasma PK of Erlotinib after Administration of Small Molecule, Nanoemulsion or Nanoparticle Formulations of Erlotinib. Zamboni also received $14,000 from Northeastern University for “Task 2: ICP-MS Analysis of Platinum (Pt) in Blood, Kidney, Liver, Lung, and Heart as Part of the Study of Pharmacokinetic Analysis of Platinum Derivatives Following Systemic Administration in Mice.”

Qisheng Zhang, Lilly USA LLC, $9,540, Ninth Annual Chapel Hill Pharmaceutical Sciences Conference. Zhang also received $6,500 from North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the 9th Annual Chapel Hill Pharmaceutical Sciences Conference Theme: Frontiers in Chemical Biology: Transforming Drug Discovery.

University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition


Holly Mansell, reappointed as assistant professor.

Charity Evans, reappointed as assistant professor.

Azita Haddadi, promoted with tenure to associate professor.

Jason P. Perepelkin, promoted with tenure to associate professor.

Virginia Commonwealth University


Donald F. Brophy has been elected to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Institute Board of Trustees.

Gretchen M. Brophy is treasurer of the Neurocritical Care Society.

Lauren Caldas is assistant professor and Foundations Lab faculty.

Dave L. Dixon was appointed to a second term on the Southeast Chapter of the National Lipid Association Board of Regional Representatives.

Evan Sisson was appointed to the American Association of Diabetes Educators Fellows Selection Committee.

Douglas Sweet has been appointed to the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professorship.


Ron Ballentine and Thomas P. Reinders received a VCU Community Engagement Award for “Exemplary Partnership in Outreach” for the School of Pharmacy’s part in the Summer Academic Enrichment Program-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church partnership: a foot clinic for Richmond’s homeless population.

Ken Brasfield received a 2015-16 Outstanding Preceptor Award from the school’s Office of Experiential Education.

Dave L. Dixon and Evan Sisson’s practice at Richmond’s Center for Healthy Hearts was selected as one of 10 high-performing CMM practices to be featured in the Community Pharmacy Foundation report, “Get the medications right: A nationwide snapshot of expert practices – Comprehensive medication management in ambulatory/community pharmacy.”

Leigh Anne Gravatt received the school’s 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Evan Sisson received the school’s Office of Experiential Education 2015-16 Outstanding Service Award.

Casey Washington received a 2015-16 Outstanding Preceptor Award from the school’s Office of Experiential Education.


Dave L. Dixon has been promoted to associate professor.

Michael Hindle has been promoted to professor with tenure.

Yan Zhang has been promoted to professor.


Victor Yanchick, former dean of the school, will retire, effective July 1, from his position as senior director of interprofessional education, VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care. 

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