Pharmaceutics seminars are open to the public and offered weekly during the academic year.

Tuesdays, 3:00 to 4:00 PM Central Time, Remote/Online
Email Katie James at to request a Zoom join link

January 19

Validation and Applications of Stress Transmission Ratio: A Robust Predictor of Material Plasticity
Gerrit Vreeman, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Sun Lab

January 26

A Rational Approach to the Choice of Combination Therapies for Newly Diagnosed and Recurrent GBM
Sneha Rathi, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Elmquist Lab

February 2

β-Cyclodextrin/PEG Hydrogel Microspheres as a Hydrophobic Drug Delivery Platform for Chemoembolization
Joel Updyke, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Panyam & Siegel Labs

February 9

No Seminar (Research Day 2021)

February 16

Facilitating Intracellular Therapeutic Delivery in Cancer Cells with Anti-HSPG2 Monoclonal Antibody 
Zekun Shao, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Panyam Lab

February 23

Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease Amyloid-β Peptides on 18Fluorodeoxyglucose Transport at the Blood-Brain Barrier 
Lushan Wang, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Kandimalla Lab

Acidity of Frozen and Freeze-Dried Protein Formulations
Jinghan Li, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Sury Lab

March 2

GI Device Development in a Few Movements
Giovanni Traverso, MB, BChir, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Assistant Professor of Medicine (part-time), Division of Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

March 9

Crystallization in Amorphous Solid Dispersions: Role of Cooling Rate during Preparation from Melt
Rahul Lalge, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Sury Lab

March 16

Endothelial VCAM-1 Expression as a Marker for Cerebrovascular Inflammation in Alzheimer's Disease Brain
Vrishali Salian
, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Kandimalla Lab

Targeting p53/MDM2 Pathway in the Treatment of Glioblastoma
Wenjuan Zhang, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Elmquist Lab

March 23

Enabling Technologies for Manufacturing Thermostable & Cost-Effective Biopharmaceuticals: Value Creation Through Innovation
Akhilesh Bhambhani, PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, Drug Product Development and New Technology, Merck & Co., West Point, Pennsylvania

March 30

Dissecting the Control of Blood Flow Through Brain Capillaries
Andy Y. Shih, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Development Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, Washington

April 6

No Seminar (Spring Break)

April 13

Agmatine Influence on Cellular and Molecular Pain Signaling
Tongzhen Xie, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Fairbanks Lab

A Semi-Mechanistic Pharmacokinetic Model to Investigate Amyloid Beta Trafficking and Accumulation at the BBB Endothelium
Zengtao Wang, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Kandimalla Lab

April 20

Clinical Trial Simulations
Michael Donohue, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

April 27

Achieving High Drug Loaded Amorphous Solid Dispersions by the de Gennes Method
Sichen Song, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Siegel Lab

Improving the Powder Properties of C10 for Oral Protein Delivery
Joan Cheng, Pharmaceutics Graduate Student, Sun Lab