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September 2015 

California Northstate University


Hieu T. Tran has been appointed dean of the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy.

D’Youville College


Canio Marasco has been appointed dean of the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1.


Gary P. Stoehr retired as dean of the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy.

Keck Graduate Institute


Susan Bain, adjunct professor of practice for clinical, regulatory, and quality, concentration coordinator for clinical and regulatory affairs.

Christine Cadiz, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences

Jeniffer B. Hernandez, assistant professor in biopharmaceutical sciences

Jean Anne Mire, professor of practice of clinical and administrative sciences

Tania Stewart, assistant professor of clinical sciences

Katerina Venderova, associate professor in biopharmaceutical sciences


Rachita K. Sumbria, Alzheimer’s Association New Investigator Research Grant, $98,382, A brain-penetrating biologic TNF-alpha inhibitor for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mercer University


Joshua D. Kinsey, clinical assistant professor and director, Community Pharmacy Residency Program


Ashish A. Advani, clinical associate professor

Lisa M. Lundquist, clinical professor

Pamela M. Moye, clinical associate professor

Angela O. Shogbon, clinical associate professor


Ajay K. Banga was awarded $262,013 from the National Institutes of Health for In home deactivation system for psychoactive drugs. He also received $62,500 from GlaxoSmithKline for IVRT and intradermal/transdermal delivery.

Martin D’Souza was awarded $158,380 from the National Institutes of Health for Ovarian cancer vaccine using novel nanoparticle formulations.

Jennifer L. Knaack was awarded $127,500 from Shire Pharmaceuticals for Risk-Based Approach to Drug-Drug Interaction Studies.

Pamela M. Moye was awarded $22,788 from the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists for Utilization of a Multidisciplinary Team to Reduce the Rate of Hospital Readmissions in Heart Failure Patients at a Community Teaching Hospital: The Pharmacists Role.

Sweta M. Patel was awarded $2,000 from American College of Clinical Pharmacy for Closing communication gap about medication utilization: Evaluation of patient-specific behaviors for not bringing medication bottles to clinic.

Chalet Tan was awarded $99,377 from the National Institutes of Health for Discovery of chemical probes for uveal melanoma. She was also awarded $209,390 from the National Institutes of Health for Novel anthraquinones induce apoptosis by disruption of MDM2/MDM4 interactions.

Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy


Jaclyn Boyle was appointed American Society of Health-System Pharmacists delegate alternate and chair of the Residency Expansion Committee of the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Mary Ann Dzurec was appointed to serve on the 2015 Rules Review Committee for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.
Mubarak Hossain has been appointed assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

Zhicheng Jin has been appointed research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Takhar Kasumov has been appointed assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

Jason Richardson has been appointed professor of pharmaceutical sciences and director of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Focus Area.

Terrilyn Richardson has been appointed associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and special assistant to the dean of graduate studies.

Steven Schmidt has been appointed acting chair of pharmaceutical sciences and acting associate dean for pharmacy research.


Denise Inman received an award from the International Retinal Research Foundation in the amount of $100,000 to support the project titled Disruption of Mitochondrial-related Vesicular Traffic by E50K Optineurin.


Magdi Awad has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.

Jessica Boss has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.

John Moorman has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.

Mate Soric has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.

Ohio Northern University


Deirdre Myers was presented the 2014-15 Albert E. Rosica Jr. Memorial Award by the American College of Apothecaries at the College’s 2015 Annual Education Conference in Denver.

Purdue University


Yoon Yeo was appointed as a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Study Section for the NIH Center for Scientific Review.


Arun K. Ghosh received $223,250 from Wadsworth Center Health Research Inc. for Inhibition and Mechanism of Flavivivus Methyltransferase.

Marlene O. Heeg received $50,000 from Janssen Scientific Affairs for 2015 National Educational Initiative on Therapeutics & Rheumatology for Rheumatology State Societies and $100,000 for 2015 GiHF National IBD Educational Initiative; $146,161 from Pfizer Inc. for Expanding the Role of Respiratory Therapists in Tobacco Cessation; and $250,000 from Genetech Corporation, Inc. for CGN April 2015 MS Forum 2015.

Gregory H. Hockerman received $143,000 from American Heart Association for Differentiation of Cav 1.2 and 1.3 Pharmacology.

Sonak D. Pastakia received $21,257 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine for Bridging Income Generation with Group Integrated Care.

Lynne S. Taylor received $54,073 from National Science Foundation for Collaborative Research: Polysaccharide Derivatives for Enhanced Drug Delivery.

Elizabeth M. Topp received $37,574 from Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. for Solid-State Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange with Mass Spectrometric Analysis (ssHDX-MS) for Lyophilized Monoclonal Antibody (Mab).

Kara D. Weatherman received $125,000 from Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA for Evaluation of Tevadaptor in Radiology Applications.

Michael K. Wendt received $75,000 from Showalter Trust for Targeting Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor (FGFR) to Prevent Matrix-Mediated Breast Cancer Metastasis.

The University of Tennessee


Dina Ali and Robert B. Parker were awarded an American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Institute Futures Grant Student/Resident Award worth $5,000 for the project “Mechanism of altered clopidogrel metabolism in diabetes.”

Marie A. Chisholm-Burns is this year’s recipient of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association Chauncey I. Cooper Award.


Subhash Chauhan, professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences recently was granted tenure.

University of California, San Francisco


Conan MacDougall has been named a new member of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.


Paul R. Ortiz de Montellano, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Glenn Yokoyama, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Illinois at Chicago


Jason Bugno (Seungpyo Hong’s lab) received $10,000 to support his study on “The use of hybrid dendritic-linear polymeric nanoparticles for tumor-specific accumulation with tailored tissue permeation.”

Laura Gauthier (Guido Pauli’s lab) received $48,048 in new funding for her NIH F31 fellowship. Her project, “Metabolomic Botanical Standardization for Pharmacokinetic Interactions” is funded by National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health.

Les Hanakahi and UIC collaborator John Nitiss received $196,828 in continuation funds for NIH/NCI R21 grant “Regulation of Non-Homologous End Joining through End Processing.”

Hyunwoo Lee received $398,750 continuation funding for NIH/NIAID R01 grant “Peptide Based Quorum Sensing Controlling Virulence in Bacillus anthracis.”

Michael Mullowney (Brian Murphy’s lab) received $10,000 to work on “Antibiotics from marine- and freshwater-derived actinomycete bacteria that inhibit drug-resistant M. tuberculosis.”

Jinhong Ren (Michael E. Johnson’s lab) received continuation funding from Novalex, $90,118 each, for two projects: “Development of Broad Spectrum Hepatitis C Virus NS3/4A Protease Inhibitors” and “Development of Novel S. Aureus Antibiotics with Reduced Resistance Susceptibility.”

Erin Beisner Shanker (Mike Federle’s lab) received $48,200 to continue NIH/NIAID-funded F30 project “Identifying Patterns of Specificity and Promiscuity in the ComRS of Intercellular Signaling.”

Thomas Speltz and his mentor, Terry W. Moore received the 2015 AACP Walmart Scholar travel award.

Daniel R. Touchette received $85,702 in continuation funding from Takeda Pharmaceuticals for “Fellowship Agreement.” Gregory Thatcher received $235,231 in continuation funds for NIH/NCI R01 grant “Biointeractions of Antiestrogens with Nitric Oxide.”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Thomas Angelo, clinical professor

Jeffrey Aube, Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor

Carter Cao, assistant professor

Alan Forrest, clinical professor

Stephen Rogers, research assistant professor


Peter Koval received the 2015 Teaching Award from the 2015 graduating class of the Cone Health Family Medicine Physician Residency Program at Cone Health in Greensboro, N.C.

Susan M. Miller has been selected for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Master Preceptor Recognition Program.


Kirkwood Adams, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc, $226,497, Pilot Study of the Relationship of Ambient Copeptin to the Aquarectic Effects of Tolvaptan in Patients with Heart Failure

Stacy Bailey, Merck Sharp and Dohme, $70,098, A mixed methods approach to the development and testing of the Measure of Drug Self-Management (MeDS), an assessment for use in clinical settings among English and Spanish-speaking patients with hypertension and diabetes.

Kim Brouwer, High Point Clinical Trials Center, $83,445, Phase 1, open-label, multiple dose study to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of ttp488 and its metabolites in plasma, urine and bile in healthy volunteers

Daniel Gonzalez, NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, $130,170, Use of Physiologically-Based PK/PD Models to Streamline Drug Approvals

Federico Innocenti, NIH National Cancer Institute, $198,360, A new model for discovering genetic determinants of angiogenesis and the effect of angiogenesis inhibitors. He also received $137,866 from the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation for “Genentech Analysis of Biospecimens from the CALGB/SWOG C80405 Study.”

Timothy J. Ives, The University of Iowa, $18,392, MEDication Focused Outpatient Care for Underutilization of Secondary Prevention

Michael Jay, Dignify Therapeutics, $71,914, STTR-Delivery of peptides for inducing voiding associated with neurological retention

Angela Kashuba, Merck and Company, Inc., $189,827, A Phase IV, Open-Label Study to Compare Virologic and Immunologic Responses to Raltegravir and Dolutegravir in the Gastrointestinal Tract of HIV-Positive Men and Women. She also received $107, 159 from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa for “CAPRISA 008” and $42,235 from the International Partnership for Microbicides, Inc. for “Protein Binding Evaluation of Dapivarine in Vaginal Fluids.”

Additionally, she received $13,969 from the University of California, San Francisco for “The Connie Wofsy Women’s HIV Study” and $80,144 from the University of Pittsburgh for “Visualization of in vivo HIV-1 vaginal transmission in the presence and absence of PrEP.”

David Lawrence, National Cancer Institute, $307,100, Spatiotemporal Control of Tumor Cell Signaling

Kuo-Hsiung Lee, NIH National Cancer Institute, $376,379, Novel Antitumor Agents

Jian Liu, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, $437,995, In vitro synthesis of recombinant heparan sulfate. He also received $91,630 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for “Synthetic Heparan Sulfate: probing Biosynthesis to Prepare Defined Drugs” and $284,749 from the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Uncovering the controlling mechanisms in heparan sulfate biosynthesis.”

Rihe Liu, Checkpoint Bio, $30,720, Construction of Combinatorial Libraries Based on Human Programmed Cell Death Related Proteins

Howard McLeod, North Carolina State University, $175,968, Genetic Etiology of Cancer Drug Response

Denise H. Rhoney, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., $43,637, Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Response of Tolvaptan in Neurocritical Care Patients

Marina Sokolsky, NexImmune, $38,440, Translational Nanoformulation Research Core Facility Testing Agreement - Order 2

Michael Wagner, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, $363,729, An Exome Focused Approach to Pharmacogenetic Analysis of the Accord Trial

Xiao Xiao, NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, $335,629, Gene delivery for fukutin-related protein deficiencies. He also received $332,500 from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Gene delivery to muscle and nerve for laminin-alpha2-deficient MD (MDC1A),” and $329,300 from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Muscle as a platform for type 2 diabetes treatment by gene delivery.”

Yue Xiong, Leidos Biomedical Research, $116,440, Task Order#9- BOA under 5-58589 as a Comprehensive Chemical Biology Scree

William Zamboni, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, $53,823, Non-GLP development of analytical methods for MM-310 encapsulated and released drug - Task Order 2. He also received $30,515 from Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for “Pharmacodynamic and Efficacy Studies of PEGylated Liposomal Carfilzomib and Non-liposomal Carfilzomib in Female nu/nu Mice Bearing A549 NSCLC Orthotopic Tumor Models (SOW 1).”


Kim R. Brouwer was promoted to the position of associate dean for research and graduate education.

Michael Jay was named executive vice dean and chief academic officer.

Angela Kashuba has been appointed chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics.

Alexander Tropsha was named associate dean for pharmacoinformatics and data science.

Rick Wernoski has been appointed executive vice dean and chief operating officer.


Rudolph “Rudy” Juliano, professor

Harold “Hal” Kohn, Kenan Distinguished Professor

Richard “Dick” Kowalsky, professor

Virginia Commonwealth University


Malgorzata Dukat has been named a distinguished fellow of the Kociusczko Foundation Collegium of Eminent Scientists for eminent scientists of Polish origin who have achieved recognition in the United States.

Leigh Anne Gravatt has been elected secretary-treasurer for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Internal Medicine PRN.

Emily P. Peron has been elected secretary-treasurer for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Geriatric PRN.

Benjamin Van Tassell has been named a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.


The team that authored the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s Educating Pharmacists in Quality, including David A. Holdford, will receive the Academy for Healthcare Improvement’s 2015 Duncan Neuhauser Curricular Innovation Award in Healthcare Improvement.

Patty W. Slattum will receive the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists’ 2015 Armon Neel Senior Care Pharmacist Award in October.


Umesh R. Desai (PI) and co-investigators Martin Safo and Masahiro Sakagami, NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, $2.1 million, “Allosteric Inhibition of Coagulation Proteases.”

Wayne State University


Joseph Fava, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice


Zhengping Yi, professor


Robert L. Ferdinand, professor of pharmaceutical sciences


Kyle J. Burghardt, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Institute Futures Grants Program Junior Investigator Award, $40,000, Insulin resistance induced by antipsychotic medication in the absence of obesity: impact of DNA methylation and lipids in the skeletal muscle.

Paul E. Kilgore, Merck Global Health Outcomes Group, $796,086, Vaccine uptake among adults: a program evaluation project.

West Virginia University


Patricia A. Chase has been named dean emeritus of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Chase was the Gates Wigner Dean for the WVU School of Pharmacy for nine years before stepping down this summer. She currently serves as past-president of AACP.

Emerging Colleges and Schools

Chapman University


Mark Brouker, appointed assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Souhiela Fawaz, appointed assistant professor, Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Tania Gregorian, appointed assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice (Ambulatory Care)

Kamaljit Kaur, appointed associate professor, Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Yang Liu, appointed assistant professor, Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Viet-Huong Nguyen, appointed assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice (Ambulatory Care Neurology)

Ajay Sharma, appointed assistant professor, Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Laura Tsu, appointed assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice (Acute Care Cardiology)

Jason M. Yamaki, appointed assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice (Acute Care Infectious Diseases)

Sun Yang, appointed assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice (Acute Care Pediatrics and Oncology)


Siu Fun Wong, Hamidreza Montazeri Aliabadi, Reza Mehvar received $60,338 from the Hope Foundation SWOG Early Exploration and Development (SEED) grant for their study, “Formulation of topical vitamin K1 for epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors (EGFRIs)-induced skin rash.”

Ayman M. Noreddin and Amal Emad received $50,000 from Egypt’s JESOR-Development program Academy of Scientific Research & Technology for their study, “Quorum Quenching Enzymes: New Trends in Antibacterial Treatment.”

Jerika T. Lam and Laura Salazar received $278,000 from the Hoag Research Foundation for their study, “TeleRx Pilot in Primary Care.” This grant is for three years.

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