Seminar Schedule

Spring Semester 2024 Weekly Seminars

ECP 8100/PHAR 6160
Wednesday, 12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
Moos Tower 1-450 (TC) and LSci 160 (Duluth) 
*Room exception: 1/24 seminar will be in 7-193 WDH

See Calendar for Zoom Information


   Title (tentative)


January 17


Introduction to the Department, Program, and Course Requirements.


Reena Kartha, MS, PhD, Associate Professor

Robert Straka, BSc, PharmD, FCCP, Professor and ECP Department Head

January 24*

Host Modulators of Tenofovir Exposure and Efficacy In The Female Genital Tract

Alyssa Lantz,  ECP PhD student, Dr. Melanie Nicol lab

January 31

Genomics and Public Health: Precision Medicine Research in the Community

Pamala Pawloski, PharmD, Health Partners Institute, Clinical Assistant Professor, UMN College of Pharmacy

February 7

Deciphering the Gut Microbiome's Role in Pharmacokinetics: Insights from a Semi-Mechanistic Population Pharmacokinetic Model of Mycophenolate Mofetil in Transplant Recipients

Abdelrahman Saqr, MS, ECP PhD student, Dr. Pamala Jacobson lab

February 14

Model Informed Drug Development (MIDD) – Past, Present and Future

Yan Xu, MD, PhD, Section Head, Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics, Biogen

February 21

Optimizing the Identification and Prediction of Statin Intolerance to Improve Statin Adherence Using Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning

Boguang Sun, PharmD, ECP PhD student, Dr. Robert Straka lab

February 28



March 6


Spring Break

March 13

Sex-Specific Effects of Agmatine on Glial Cell Expression and Function

Cecilia Barajas, ECP PhD student, Dr. Carolyn Fairbanks lab

March 20

Recent Biologic Approvals from the US FDA and Case Studies of Controversial Biologics 

Bovornpat Suriyapakorn, PharmD, ECP PhD student, Dr. Lisa Coles lab

March 27

Conversations with Experts – A Conversation on the Current Challenges in Epilepsy Therapy 

James Cloyd, PharmDProfessor ECP, Director of Center for Orphan Drug Research

April 3

Diversity in Clinical Trials 

DEI Event

April 10

Role of the Ancient Signaling Molecule, Hydrogen Sulfide, in Neurodegeneration

Swati More, PhD, Professor, Center for Drug Design

April 17

Enterohepatic Recirculation and its Impact on Developing Limited Sampling Strategies for Pharmacokinetic Studies

Moataz Mohamed, ECP PhD student, Dr. Pamala Jacobson lab

April 24



Updated 1/22/2024