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Congratulations Pharmaceutics Degree Recipients

Karen Eileen Parrish, PhD [2016] Thesis: Delivery and Efficacy of CDK4/6 Inhibitors in the Treatment of Brain Tumors. Advisor: Professor William Elmquist

Mehak Mehta, PhD [2016] Thesis: Molecular Mobility in Pharmaceutical Glasses: Implications on Physical Stability. Advisor: Professor Raj Suryanarayanan

Stephen M. Kalscheuer, PhD [2016] Thesis: Humanized Antibody Development Using Phage Display: Applications to Solid Tumor Metastasis. Advisor: Professor Jayanth Panyam

Nidhi Sharda, PhD [2016] Thesis: Trafficking of Amyloid Beta Protein at the Blood Brain Barrier: Novel Insights in Alzheimer's Disease Pathogenesis. Advisor: Professor Karunya Kandimalla

Vidhi Khanna, MS [2016] Thesis: Antibody Conjugated Nanoparticles for Targeting Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Advisor: Professor Jayanth Panyam

Pinal Mistry, PhD [2016] Thesis: Strength of Drug-Polymer Interactions: Implications on Molecular Mobility and Cyrstallization in Amorphous Dispersions. Advisor: Professor Raj Suryanarayanan

Saif Shahriar Rahman, MS [2016] Thesis: Design, Development, and Characterization of Imiquimod-Loaded Chitosan Films. Advisor: Professor Swayam Prabha

Shail Panchamia, MS [2016] Thesis: To Investigate the Impact of Gut Bacteria on Efflux Transporter Expression and Function. Advisor: Professor Karunya Kandimalla


Distinctions

Professor Jayanth Panyam was named Endowed Professor of Targeted Drug Delivery.

Professor Changquan Calvin Sun has been named an AAPS Fellow and will be recognized at the 2016 AAPS Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver. Recognition as a Fellow is awarded to faculty who have sustained remarkable scholarly and research contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences.

Professor William Elmquist was selected by the College of Pharmacy as a Distinguished Professor under the Pharmacy Scholars program. The program was designed to recognize senior faculty members who are leadiners in their discipline. 

Professor Carolyn Fairbanks seeks to keep painkilling drugs out of the brain to prevent drug addiction, as well as ways to stop pain impuluses before they reach the brain. See her University of Minnesota Driven to Discover profile.


Grants

Dr. Jayanth Panyam received a $341,540 NIH grant for his project, "Cancer Stem Cell-Targeted, Silicate Prodrug Nanoparticles to Combat Recurrence."

Dr. Changquan Calvin Sun recently received the following grants: $50,000 from Boehringer Ingelheim, $50,000 from AstraZeneca, and $265,000 from Eli Lilly.

Dr. Raj Suryanarayanan received a $199,715 grant from the NSF for the GOALI/Collaborative Research project, "Processing and Stability of Amorphous Dispersions for Advanced Pharmaceutical Applications." This grant is a collaborative project among the U of M, Texas Tech University, and Genentech to further their understanding of the crystallization of amorphous pharmaceuticals and developing new, more stable processing strategies.


Fellowships & Awards

Professor Karunya Kandimalla has been selected for the Genesis Award given by the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. The annual award honors graduates of the past 15 years who have achieved early distinction in their field.

Dr. Ameya Kirtane [PhD 2016] won the University of Minnesota Graduate School's "Best Dissertation Award" in the Biological and Medical Sciences for 2017. (Advisor: Dr. Jayanth Panyam)

Katie M. James, Office Supervisor and Graduate Program Coordinator, and Amanda Hokanson, Executive Office and Administrative Specialist, were awarded the 2016 College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award.

Sampada Koranne, Pharmaceutics graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Raj Suryanarayanan), received the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC) Foundation 2017 Graduate Student Award for her dissertation project titled "Mechanistic Insights into Excipient Induced Salt Disproportionation in Multi-Component Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms." The award will be presented at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego this November.

Kweku Konadu Amponsah-Efah, Pharmaceutics graduate student (Advisor: Dr. Raj Suryanarayanan) received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) 2017 Graduate Student Award in Analysis and Pharmaceutical Quality for his project, "Influence of Drug-Polymer Interactions on the Dissolution Performance of Amorphous Solid Dispersions." The award will be presented at the AAPS Annual Meeting in San Diego in November.

Dr. Nidhi Sharda [PhD 2016], Pharmaceutics graduate student (advisor: Dr. Karunya Kandimalla), received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) 2017 Graduate Student Research Award  in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Drug Metabolism and Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research for her thesis project, "Trafficking of amyloid beta proteins at the blood brain barrier: Novel insights in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis." The award will be presented at the AAPS Annual Meeting in San Diego in November.

Vidur Sarma, Pharmaceutics graduate student (advisor: Dr. Karunya Kandimalla), received the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) 2017 Graduate Student Research Award  in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Drug Metabolism and Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research for his thesis project, "The impairment of insulin transport processes at the blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s disease." The award will be presented at the AAPS Annual Meeting in San Diego in November.