Faculty News: Winter 2017

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Duquesne University

Awards

  • Marc Harrold and Wilson Meng were recently honored with President’s Awards for Faculty Excellence at Duquesne University’s Annual Faculty Reception and Awards ceremony. 
  • The School of Pharmacy’s video on STARS Asthma Camp was awarded a Gold dotCOMM Award in the healthcare category.

Keck Graduate Institute

Appointments/Elections

  • Bernard R. Tyrrell; associate dean, pharmacy and industry relations; professor of practice, administrative sciences.

Manchester University

Appointments/Elections

  • Mohamed Amin, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences & pharmacogenomics
  • Jason Isch, assistant professor, pharmacy practice
  • Shekher Mohan, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Marwa Noureldin, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Lorin Yolch, assistant professor, pharmacy practice 

Purdue University

Grants

  • Steven Abel received $30,000 and $98,500 from Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for “Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Teaching Fellowship Mentoring.” 
  • Daniel Degnan received $12,500 from Regenstrief Institute Inc, for “Medication Safety Support at Eskenazi Health.”
  • Arun Ghosh received $492,407 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “ Design and Synthesis of Nonpeptide Protease Inhibitors.” Ghosh also received $5,000 from Lloyd Stonehill for “Multi-Sponsored: A Ghosh.”
  • Marlene Heeg received $120,000 from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for “Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis: Strategies for Targeted Care and Multidisciplinary Management.” Heeg also received $100,000 from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Inc. for “Managing Type 2 Diabetes: The Role of Insulin.”
  • John Hertig received $74,997 from Lilly (ELI) and Company for Medication Safety Fellowship.
  • Gregory Hockerman received $5,000 from Showalter Trust for 2015 Showalter Scholar Awards.
  • Changdeng Hu received $5,000 from Showalter Trust for FY16-17 Showalter Scholars.
  • Rong Huang received $304,324 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “Protein N-Terminal Methylation Mechanisms and Inhibition.”
  • Karen S. Hudmon received $250,000 from Indiana State Department of Health for “Bringing Indiana Along.”
  • Kyle Hutgren received $12,500 from Regenstrief Institute Inc, for “Medication Safety Support at Eskenazi Health.”
  • Jane Krause received $1,000 from The Ohio State University for “Generation Rx University Implementation Grant-Purdue University.”
  • Douglas Lacount received $255,750 for “Defining the Role of Host Factors in Ebola Virus RNA Synthesis, Amendment 1; (Grant 108525)”
  • Tonglei Li received $183,465 from Vince and Associates for “Preparation of Powders of Oxycontin and Roxicodone for Clinical Studies.”
  • Nicole Olenik received $1,600 from Fred Run Ltd for “Pharmacy Diabetes Education Program.”
  • Lynne Taylor and Raymond Galinsky received $129,340 from PHS-FDA Food and Drug Administration for “Formulation, Processing and Performance Interrelationships for Amorphous Solid Dispersions.”
  • Elizabeth M. Topp received $50,000 from Hoffman-La Roche Inc., for “Solid State Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange with Mass Spectrometric Analysis (Sshdx-MS) for a Lyophilized Monoclonal Antibody (Mab).” Topp also received $30,000 from National Institutes of Health for “Protein Aggregation in Amorphous Solids.”
  • Darci Trader received $10,000 from Purdue University for “Development of RPN-6 Inhibitors, the Hinge of Proteasome, as a New Anti-Cancer Target.”
  • Kara Duncan Weatherman received $10,000 from Cardinal Health for 2017 Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Scholarship. Duncan Weatherman also received $2,600 from Indiana University School of Medicine for “Teaching Nuclear Medicine Technology Course at IU (PO 2031088).”
  • Danzhou Yang received $10,000 from Purdue University for “Targeting the Nucleolin/Myc G-Quadruplex Complex for C-Myc Modulation.”
  • Yoon Yeo received $5,000 from Showalter Trust for 2014 Showalter Awards. 
  • Yoon Yeo and Raymond Galinsky received $27,900 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for “Environmentally Adaptive Nanoparticles with Focal Irradiation for Cancer Therapy.”
  • Wanqing Liu received $157,622 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for “Big Data Training for Translational Omics Research.”
  • Qi Zhou received $650,259 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Combat Deadly Gram-Negative Lung Infections: An Inhalation and Systems Approach.” 

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

    Awards

    • Javier Blanco received a medal of honor from the Argentine Society of Genetics.
    • Donald Mager was named a fellow of three academic societies: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the International Society of Pharmacometrics. He also received the 2017 ISoP Innovation Award.
    • Robert Wahler was named a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

    Grants

    • David Jacobs, NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award for research proposal: “Clinical Epidemiology in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.” 
    • Juliane Nguyen, $1.58M NIH grant: “RNA EXO-Codes: A novel way to reprogram pathological exosomes.”

    Promotions

    • Javier Blanco, professor, pharmaceutical sciences 
    • Donald Mager, vice-chair, department of pharmaceutical sciences
    • William Prescott, interim chair, department of pharmacy practice

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Grants

    • Young Jeong received $3,095,605 for a five-year R01 grant from the NICHD/NIH for her project “Molecular Basis of Altered Drug Metabolism During Pregnancy.”
    • Terry Moore, Sekhar Reddy, Yuru Liu and Narsa Machireddy received $1,939,780 from the NIH/NHLBI for their project “Role of Nrf2 in Alveolar Epithelial Cell Regeneration During Lung Repair.” 
    • Guido Pauli, along with PI Ana Karina Bedran-Russo and Shaonong Chen received $647,538 for their project “Biomodification of Dentin Matrix Structure.”
    • Simon Pickard received $20,958 from the EuroQol group for his project “Scoring Methods for the EQ-5D instrument: theoretical background and empirical analyses.”
    • Dima Qato received $210,000 when she was named a 2017-2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar for her work to improve access to prescription drugs for residents living in pharmacy desert communities on Chicago’s West and South Sides that have been affected by pharmacy closures.
    • Glen Schumock and Stephanie Crawford received $77,130 from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation for their project “Medication Safety Systems in the Community: the Role of Pharmacists White Paper.”
    • Greg Thatcher, Yueting Wang and Mary Ladu received $2,335,102 as an R01 grant from the NIH/NIA for their project “Estrogen therapy and APOE4 risk in Alzheimer’s tested in female EFAD mice.”
    • Shan Xing (Schumock lab) received $28,044 as an F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the NIH/NIMH for her dissertation “Second Generation Antipsychotics on Diabetes Outcomes in Major Depression.”

    University of Maryland

    Appointments/Elections

    • Bruce Anderson has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Poison Control Centers for a three-year term.
    • Heather Congdon has been named chair of the National Academies of Practice’s Pharmacy Academy.
    • Andrew Coop has been named chair of the Awards Committee of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.
    • Kimberly Claeys has been appointed to the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Research Committee.
    • Alecia Dent was elected chair of the Graduate Research Seminar for the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on the Cell Biology of Metals.
    • Hillary Edwards has been named president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Staff Senate.
    • Jeffrey Gonzales has been appointed treasurer of the Baltimore chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
    • Mojdeh Heavner has been appointed to the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Membership Committee and has been appointed to the board of the society’s Baltimore chapter.
    • Lauren Hynicka has been name chair-elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s GI/Liver/Nutrition Practice and Research Network.
    • Amy Ives has been named immediate past-chair of the Eastern States Residency Advisory Board.
    • Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner has been elected to the American Pharmacists Association’s Board of Trustees for a three-year term beginning March 2018.
    • Fadia Shaya has been elected to the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth. 
    • Deanna Tran has been elected secretary of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Laboratory Special Interest Group (SIG) and has been appointed chair of the SIG’s Communications Committee. She has also been named a member of the Maryland Department of Health’s Advisory Council on Health and Wellness.
    • Mona Tsoukleris has been named president-elect of the Association of Asthma Educators.

    Awards

    • Joga Gobburu has been named a fellow of the International Society of Pharmacometrics.
    • Lyn Goodrich and Michael Hiotis have been re-certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers as specialists in poison information.
    • Joey Mattingly received the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Professional Fraternity Association.
    • Mary Lynn McPherson has been named a Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
    • Elizabeth Millwee has been certified by American Association of Poison Control Centers as a specialist in poison information.
    • Elisabeth Oehrlein received the 2017 Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Best Oral Student Presentation Award at the HTAI annual meeting in Rome in June.
    • Katy Pincus was named the School of Pharmacy’s Faculty Preceptor of the Year.
    • James Polli has received a U.S. Patent for “Compositions and Methods to Evaluate Hepatobiliary/Gastrointestinal Health, Enterohepatic Circulation, and Drug Interactions.”
    • Brent Reed was named the School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2017 Faculty Member of the Year. Reed also received the Junior Investigator Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Cardiology Practice and Research Network.
    • Fadia Shaya has been named the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Founders Week Teacher of the Year.
    • Mona Tsoukleris was named the School of Pharmacy’s Student Government Association Faculty Advisor of the Year
    • Hongbing Wang and Zhihui Li’s article “Silencing of solute carrier family 13 member 5 disrupts energy homeostasis and inhibits proliferation of human hepatocarcinoma cells” was named an editor’s pick by the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
    • Chanel Whittaker received the Armon Neel Senior Care Pharmacist Award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

    Grants

    • Joel Brandis received a one-year $10,000 grant from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education for “Development of Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometric Approaches to Measure Iron Release in Plasma of Patients Treated with IV Iron Preparations.”
    • Nicole Brandt received a one-year $72,645 grant from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy for “Modernization and Testing of Alternate Formats of the Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Program Standardized Format.”
    • Kimberly Claeys received a one-year $27,222 grant from Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases for “Improving Clinical Outcomes in Gram-Negative Bacteremia through a 24-Hour Multidisciplinary Verigene Gram-Negative Blood Culture Treatment Pathway.” Claeys also received a one-year $9,038 grant from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists for “Comparing the Clinical Utility of Rapid Diagnostics for the Treatment of Bacteremia.”
    • Alecia Dent received a two-year $58,346 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “The Non-redundant Role of the Has and Phu heme Acquisition Systems of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Iron Homeostasis.”
    • Susan dosReis received a two-month $25,000 grant from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Center for Patient-Focused Value Assessment.”
    • Brandon Drennen received a one-year $10,000 grants from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education for “Towards a New Therapeutic Modality for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s: Interception of Transient Helical States of beta-Amyloid with Small-Molecule Proteomimetics.”
    • Priyanka Gaitonde received a $25,000 one-year fellowship from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Adherence and Persistence to Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs and its Effect on Healthcare Cost among Older Medicare Beneficiaries with Rheumatoid Arthritis.”
    • David Goodlett received a one-year $18,750 contract from the University of Washington for “Functional Characterization of the Bax-interacting factor-1 Interactome in Neurons.
    • Maya Hanna received a one-year $25,000 grant from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Geographic Variations of Screening and Diagnosis of Alzheimers disease and Related Dementias in the United States.
    • Emily Heil received a one-year $60,000 contract from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists for “Pharmacotherapy Residency Award” and a one-year $60,000 contract from ALK, Inc. for “Cost-effectiveness of Penicillin Testing Services.
    • Alex MacKerell received a four-year $1,120,464 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Oligonucleotide Conformational Heterogeneity.
    • Sarah Michel received a one-year $80,000 contract from the U.S. Army Research Office for “Bioanalytical Mass Spectroscopic Approaches to Characterize Protein-Stabilized Gold Nanoclusters.
    • Jacqueline Milani received a one-year $163,869 contract from the Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration for “BHA Office of Prevention Database Management and Technical Analytic Support.
    • C. Daniel Mullins received a 14-month $249,998 contract from Merck for “Co-developing Sustainable Learning Health Care Communities using CBPR” and a one-year $157,753 grant from the Alpha-1 Foundation for “Direct Medical Costs of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in the United States.
    • Lisa Jones received a two-year $108,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for “A Novel Protein Footprinting Method Coupled with Mass Spectrometry for the Structural Analysis of Class II CFTR Mutants.”
    • Joey Mattingly received a one-year $49,500 contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for “Engaging an Underserved Patient Community to Inform and Improve Comparative Effectiveness Research for Hepatitis C Treatments.”
    • Jason Noel received a three-year $148,749 contract from the Maryland Department of Health for “Developmental Disabilities Administration.
    • Mandy Oglesby-Sherrouse received a one-year $114,532 grant from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for “Metallobiochemistry of Innate Immunity and Bacterial Physiology.”
    • Eleanor Perfetto received a one-year $62,599 contract from Pfizer for “Atrial Fibrillation Risk-Stratification Tools: Improving Patient Centeredness and Precision.” Perfetto also received a one-year $16,487 contract from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance for “Outcome Measures of Hospitalization from Bleeding Events from Anticoagulant Medication Use.”
    • C.S. Raman received a two-year $402,012 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for “Redox Biochemistry of Energy Conservation in Methanogens and Their Syntrophic Partners.”
    • Fadia Shaya received a one-year $215,000 contract from the Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration for “Technical Assistance and Evaluation of the Strategic Prevention Framework- Partnership for Success Initiative.” Shaya also received the following from the Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Services Administration: a one-year $380,000 contract for “Evaluation and Technical Assistance Services for the Maryland Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Prevention Program;” an eight-month $120,000 contract for “Social Marketing Campaign, Technical Assistance and Evaluation,” and a one-year $320,000 grant for “Implementation & Evaluation for the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF Rx) Initiative.
    • Paul Shapiro received a one-year $388,174 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Evaluation of Novel Substrate Specific Inhibitors of ERK1/2 in the Treatment of Asthma.
    • Linda Simoni-Wastila received a two-year $218,840 contract from Novartis for “Novartis HEOR Fellowship” and a seven-month $60,385 contract from the Maryland Department of Health for “Managed Care Shared Savings Calculation for MMPP.
    • Julia Slejko received a 13-month $154,003 contract from Novartis for “Literature Review of Claims-based Measures for Oral Oncology Drugs.”
    • Mona Tsoukleris received a 13-month $4,000 contract from the Maryland Department of Health for “School Epinephrine Administration: Electronic Database.
    • Ana Vega received a one-year $4,564 grant from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for “Oral Vancomycin plus Intravenous Metronidazole for Severe Clostridium Difficile NAP1/BI/027 Infection.”
    • Patrick Wintrode received a one-year $55,085 contract from Vanderbilt Medical Center for “Mechanisms of Glycosaminoglycan-Catalyzed Protease Inactivation by Serpins.”

    Promotions

    • Susan dosReis, associate professor with tenure in pharmaceutical health services research to professor with tenure
    • Brent Reed, assistant professor in pharmacy practice and science to associate professor 

    University of Southern California 

    Appointments/Elections

    • Lisa W. Goldstone was elected president of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. She will assume the office effective July 1. 

    Grants

    • Houda Alachkar received a STOP CANCER Member Seed Grant (Blood) Award, which will be presented on Jan. 22, 2018 at the organization’s 26th Annual Educational Forum and Research Awards Dinner at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center.
    • Melvin F. Baron received $50,000: a grant of $25,000 from the USC Keck Hospital/Health System and $25,000 from the American Heart Association to fund a new fotonovela that will educate residents of East Los Angeles on hypertension. This will be the 11th in the USC School of Pharmacy’s series of educational fotonovelas, published in English and Spanish. The grant is part of Target: BP, a nationwide initiative to help healthcare providers and patients achieve better blood pressure control at the best levels to improve health.
    • Stan Gee Louie was awarded a $279,906 NIH Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for his project titled “Development of a New Small Molecule Therapeutic for the Treatment of Resistant Breast Cancer.” He was also awarded a $1,893,815 grant from National Cancer Institute for the project titled “Molecular Mechanism of Drug Resistance in Obese Leukemics,” a collaboration between UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and USC.
    • Jianming Xie was awarded $75,000 2018 Margaret E. Early Medical Research Trust Grant for his project titled “A Universal Strategy for Reducing the On-Target Off-Tumor Toxicity of CAR-T Cell Therapy.”
    • Yong (Tiger) Zhang was awarded the 2017 New Investigator Grant by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Foundation for his research ‘targeting metastatic colorectal cancer with novel immuno-nanoparticles.’ He was also awarded a $30,000 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant for his project titled “Novel Immunotherapeutics Targeting Human Breast Cancers.” 

    Promotions

    • Raffi Svadjian was promoted to Executive Director of USC Community Pharmacies.

    Washington State University

    Appointments/Elections

    • Nicholas Giruzzi, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy, Yakima Extension 

    Grants

    • K. Michael Gibson received an administrative supplement in the amount of $289,567 over the next year from the National Institutes of Health for the project titled, “Rapalog Therapy in Heritable and Vigabatrin-Induced GABA Metabolic Disorders.” The supplement establishes a consortium with the McPherson Eye Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in collaboration with Gillian McLellan, to explore the ocular pharmacotoxicology of the antiepileptic drug vigabatrin. The studies employ state-of-the-art optical coherence tomography, a technique at the forefront of real-time vision research.
    • Mary Paine received $5,351,722 over three years from the National Institutes of Health for the transfer of the U54 project titled, “Natural Product-Drug Interaction Research: The Roadmap to Best Practices.”
    • Jiyue Zhu received $1,320,950 over four years from the National Institutes of Health as a renewal on his R01 project, “Repression of the hTERT gene during cell differentiation.”