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2022 medchem fellowship recipients

Congratulations to the Olsteins Graduate Fellowship recipient: Tian Lan

The Biruta K. and Peter A. Olstein Fellowship is awarded to a full-time CoP PhD graduate student with exceptional potential in their field.

Carrie Haskell-Luevano

Dr. Carrie Haskell-Luevano loves being a researcher. As a professor and Philip S. Portoghese Endowed Chair in Chemical Neuroscience, she finds joy in teaching students and making discoveries alongside her laboratory staff. Read about the value she finds in her partnership with UMN Technology Commercialization.

The following students received American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year. These prestigious competitive fellowships are awarded to "high performing students who possess the skill and aptitude to become outstanding scientists and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and the government/nonprofit sectors.”

Woman getting an eye exam

The results of Phase 2 clinical trials for glaucoma drug QLS-101 have demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile, according to a news release by Qlaris Bio, which licensed the drug in 2019. A positive efficacy signal was also reported.

Daniel Harki, PhD

The Midwest Antiviral Drug Discovery (AViDD) Center is part of a network of nine national centers established in response to the public health emergency.

Peter Dosa wearing white lab coat and safety glasses in laboratory

This spring phase I/II clinical trials began for QLS-101: a novel prodrug developed by the ITDD's Dr. Peter Dosa in collaboration with Dr. Michael Fautsch of the Mayo Clinic. The licensee for the drug, Qlaris Bio, has now created a video to explain how the drug reduces the pressure inside the eye, with the hopes of providing relief to people with increased eye pressure. You can watch the video here

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Ambrose for her appointment to the editorial board for the journal of Bioorganic Chemistry

Graduate student Alex Hurben of the Tretyakova lab has been awarded the Exceptional Presentation Award in Chemical Biology at the American Chemical Society's 2021 Great Lakes Regional Meeting. His presentation "Shining a Light on Endogenous Electrophiles: Releasing Methylglyoxal with Spatiotemporal Control in Biological Systems" took place at the Chemical Biology Interface session on June 9th. 

Congratulations to our graduate students who have been awarded 2021 fellowships from the University of Minnesota's College of Pharmacy!