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BlouInsight, June-July 2012


June-July 2012
Vol. 5, No. 6

It is still a couple of weeks before our newest classes of professional and graduate students join us, but the School has not been sitting idly by this summer (as you can see from the size of this update).

At the June 20, 2012, meeting of the Full Professors Committee, the committee voted unanimously in favor of recommending that the composition of the School’s Full Professors Committee to include fixed-term clinical professors. I have endorsed this recommendation, and the change was put into effect July 1. This change will provide the most well-informed recommendations in regard to appointment, reappointment, promotion and tenure for our faculty. It will also allow us to hear and benefit from the views and opinions of the growing population of fixed-term associate professors who aspire to become full professors.


The upgrades to the Ferguson and Holt Auditoriums (1001 and 2001 Kerr Hall) are on schedule and nearing completion. You can see photos of the work in progress on the School’s Facebook page.

The School has five new academic institutional fellows.

  • LaToya Griffin, PhD, is the academic postdoctoral fellow in educational technology research and development. She received her PhD here at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and her bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville State University.
  • Mankit “Kit” Law, PhD, is the academic postdoctoral fellow in the Office of Economic Development and International Partnerships where he serves as intellectual property scout and innovation adviser. He earned his PhD in immunology and infectious diseases from Pennsylvania State University.
  • Brittney Louis, PharmD, is the academic postdoctoral fellow in recruitment, development, and diversity initiatives. She is a 2012 graduate of the School’s doctor of pharmacy program.
  • Jacqui McLaughlin, PhD, is the academic postdoctoral fellow in strategic planning and assessment. She received her doctorate educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University and a master of science in biomedical engineering at the University of Memphis.
  • Jamie Shelly, PharmD, is the academic postdoctoral fellow in the Pharmaceutical Care Labs. She recently completed a PGY1 community pharmacy residency here at the School after earning her PharmD from Purdue University.

The School’s annual Graduate Program Retreat will be held August 20 at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens here in Chapel Hill. For the first time, incoming graduate students will be participating along with current students and faculty. The day will also feature a student poster competition (with travel awards for the top three entrants), a student awards ceremony during lunch, and a graduate program picnic in the early evening.


Albert Bowers

Albert Bowers, PhD, is joining the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry as an assistant professor. He comes to us from Purdue University where he was an assistant professor. Bowers received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) at Harvard Medical School.


Amanda Corbett, PharmD, has been certified as a clinical pharmacist practitioner. Corbett is a clinical associate professor in DPET.


Stephen Frye, PhD, has been named an Eshelman Distinguished Professor. Frye is a professor in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry and director of the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery. The Fred Eshelman Fund for Distinguished Professors was created in 2003 by Fred Eshelman, PharmD, and is held as an endowment by the Pharmacy Foundation of North Carolina. Our other Eshelman Distinguished Professors are Leaf Huang, PhD; Mike Jay, PhD; David Lawrence, PhD; Howard McLeod, PharmD; and Xiao Xiao, PhD.

Federico Innocenti

Federico Innocenti, MD, PhD, is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Leon I. Goldberg Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The Goldberg award honors young scientists for accomplishments in the field of clinical pharmacology achieved early in their careers. Innocenti is associate director for oncology research in the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy and an associate professor in DPET. Angela Kashuba, PharmD, is a previous winner of the same award.

Carla White

Carla White has accepted the position of interim regional associate dean at Elizabeth City State University and will serve as the primary School contact and the chief administrator for the UNC/ECSU PharmD Partnership Program. White is the director of the Office of Recruitment, Development, and Diversity Initiatives and will continue in that role during this interim period. A national search for a permanent regional dean will commence in spring 2013.



Canhong Cao, PhD, is a new postdoctoral research associate in MOPH and CBMC working in the lab of Rudy Juliano, PhD. Cao received earned a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in internal medicine from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Before attending UNM, Cao practiced as a physician at Shanghai Posts and Telecommunications Hospital.

Stephanie Cholensky

Stephanie Cholensky has joined the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery as a research technician. She comes to us from the UNC Cystic Fibrosis Cell Core in the School of Medicine. Cholensky earned her BS in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.


Michelle Camerino is a new postdoctoral research associate in the CICBDD. She received her doctorate from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Before joining the center, she worked as a research chemist for CRC Cancer Therapeutics in Melbourne.

Matthey Haney is research specialist in MOPH working in the lab of Elena Batrakova, PhD

Victoria Korboukh

Victoria Korboukh, PhD, has joined the CICBDD as a research associate after finishing a postdoctoral fellowship here at UNC. Korboukh received her PhD from Penn State University and completed a postdoc fellowship there before coming to Chapel Hill.

Rosa McDonald

Rosa McDonald is the new registrar and student affairs manager in School’s newly organized Office of Student Affairs. She has been with the School in a temporary capacity since January and previously worked for the UNC FPG Child Development Institute and the Great Courses, a company delivering online academic lectures. She received her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University where she was a Park Scholar.

Katie McInerney

Katie McInerney, MA, has been named assistant director of admissions in the Office of Student Affairs. For the past seven years, McInerney has worked for the College Foundation of North Carolina, first as campus liaison and most recently as campus services manager where she acted as the point of contact for campus admissions and IT officials. She earned her master’s degree in college student development from Appalachian State University.

Andrew McIver

Andrew McIver, PhD, has joined the CICBDD as a postdoctoral research associate. He received his PhD in organic chemistry from North Carolina State University and his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Geri Middleton

Geri Middleton has been named as the new human resources facilitator for DPOP and PPEE. In the interim, she will continue her role as the TIM and visa facilitator, duties she has held since 2010. Prior to joining the HR office, Middleton was an administrative assistant in the Pharmaceutical Care Labs for nearly three years. She is a graduate of UNC and spent nearly ten years as an elementary school teacher before joining the School.

Erik Pacyniak

Erik Pacyniak, PhD, is a new research associate in MOPH working in the lab of Mike Jay, PhD. He received his PhD in toxicology from the University of Kansas and a BS in biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Beth Patterson

Beth Patterson, MBA, has joined the School as a new grants manager. She recently earned her MBA from East Carolina University and received her bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.


Bill Vogt is now a permanent member of ITSOP as a tech support technician. Vogt worked at the School for a year in a temporary capacity. Vogt previously worked as an analyst for the nonprofits Family Health International and IntraHealth. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University.

Weichen Xu

Weichen Xu, PhD, has joined CBMC as a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of David Lawrence, PhD. Xu received her PhD from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and completed her undergraduate degree at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.


Zhenqya Yang is a new senior data analyst in DPOP working with Gang Fang, PhD.


Yuling Zhao has joined MOPH as a research specialist in the lab of Elena Batrakova, PhD. She comes to the School from the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she was a technologist for six years. Prior to that, she was as a dentist for six years and a registered nurse for four years in Changchun, China.


A new group of postdoctoral fellows have begun their fellowships in DPET.

  • Elizabeth Blair, PharmD, Thomas Jefferson University, UNC/GSK Industry Drug Development Fellow
  • Purav Bhatt, PharmD , UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC/GSK Industry  Drug Development Fellow
  • MacKenzie Cottrell, PharmD, University of Oklahoma, Academic HIV Fellow
  • Daryl Fediuk, PhD, University of Manitoba, UNC/GSK Industry Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics Fellow
  • Tanja Hadzic, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC/Quintiles Industry Drug Development Fellow
  • Curtis Johnson, PharmD, SUNY at Buffalo, UNC/Quintiles Industry Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics Fellow
  • Ashley Simmons, PharmD, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC/PPD Industry Drug Development Fellow
  • Bob Wittorf, PharmD, University of Minnesota, UNC/PPD Industry Drug Development Fellow
  • Nada El Husseini, MD, Duke University, UNC/UCB Industry Neurology Fellow


Graduate students Kevin Han, James Huckle, Melanie Nicol, and Gina Song have been selected to attend the 2012 Globalization of Pharmaceutics Education meeting at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The students were chosen based on a scientific abstract of the work they would present and a personal statement describing how the experience would enrich their education. The attendance of Nicol (who has been selected to give a podium presentation) and Han is sponsored by GPEN while Song and Huckle are sponsored by the School. Han, Huckle, and Song will also submit posters for presentation.

The International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology has awarded DPOP graduate student Julie Lauffenburger second best abstract submitted by a student for presentation at the Twenty-Eighth International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management. The meeting will be held August 23 to 26, 2012, in Barcelona, Spain. The award includes a complimentary meeting registration to ICPE 2012, admission to all pre-ICPE courses, a certificate of recognition, and membership in ISPE through June 30, 2013.

Faculty Spotlight: Ruth-Ann Lee, PharmD

Ruth-Ann Lee

Ruth-Ann Lee is a clinical assistant professor in PPEE and a solid organ transplant clinical pharmacist practitioner. She is a member of the liver, lung, and kidney transplant teams at UNC Hospitals and joined the School in April 2011 as the first faculty member to be hired as part of the Partnership in Patient Care. This partnership between the School and the hospital was launched in 2010 to provide more pharmacy practitioners and services to the hospital and patients, to expand the educational opportunities at UNC Hospitals available to pharmacy students, and to increase the number of published research manuscripts.

As a pharmacist practitioner in the Outpatient Ambulatory Transplant Clinic, Lee oversees patients as they make the transition from inpatient acute care to outpatient chronic care managed by their primary physician. She serves as the drug-information expert for physicians and residents and works to improve medication-related outcomes by participating in quality-improvement initiatives. The immunosuppressant drugs that transplant patients take for the rest of their lives to prevent rejection of the new organs require close monitoring because of their very narrow therapeutic index and the likelihood of toxic side effects and complications such as diabetes, infection, and rejection.

Lee continues to expand her activities in evaluating institution-specific immunosuppression algorithms and protocols that affect transplant and patient-survival outcomes. As she has taken on her new role at Carolina, her interests have expanded to evaluating health literacy in the transplant population and examining her role in the transition of care for transplant recipients.

Throughout her career, Lee has served as a preceptor to pharmacy students at Hampton University in Virginia, at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and now here at UNC. At Carolina, she precepts PY4s as well as PGY1 and PGY2 residents on ambulatory care rotations with an emphasis on solid-organ transplantation. The hospital is also renewing a PGY2 transplant specialty residency program in 2013.

Before coming to Carolina, Lee spent two years at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as a clinical lead pharmacist and an adjunct assistant professor to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Prior to that, she was a clinical pharmacy specialist at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, and worked as a hospital staff pharmacist at the University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She launched her career with a two-year stint as a pharmacy intern and community pharmacist with Target.

Lee earned her PharmD from the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University and completed a PGY1 pharmacy-practice residency at Cincinnati’s University Hospital and a PGY2 solid-organ -transplant specialty residency at the University of Cincinnati.

Staff Profile: Arlo Brown

brown_arloArlo Brown graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and spent the next twelve years as a river guide for whitewater outfits in Georgia, West Virginia, and California before settling into the path that would lead him to his current position as executive assistant to the chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics.

Prior to returning to Chapel Hill and his alma mater in 2010, Brown spent two and a half years in administrative roles at a large commercial real estate firm and a staffing agency in Washington, D.C., where his responsibilities varied from budgeting and bookkeeping to research and planning to document management and retention in addition to coordinating the work of a wide range of professionals, tradespeople, clients, and staff.

As the executive assistant to Kim Brouwer, PharmD, PhD, chair of DPET, Brown continues his role as the ultimate utility player. DPET is a large and varied division with faculty who focus on the lab, on the classroom, and on patient care. Brouwer also has her own very active research program and an extremely demanding calendar and travel schedule that Brown supports and coordinates.

For the division, Brown coordinates faculty annual reviews and manages all aspects of the faculty-recruitment process. He schedules and organizes events and monthly division meetings, processes travel requests and reimbursements, tracks expenditures and reimbursements, serves as the chair’s delegate in a wide variety of situations, and helps oversee the management of the division and chair’s accounts.

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