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Eshelman Institute for Innovation awards students, postdocs

December 20, 2019

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII) recently completed their 4th EII Student/Postdoc Project award cycle, awarding $25,000 to three student teams totaling $75,000. Lead Innovators and project titles include: Bryce Hart, Development of a small molecule ligand for DCAF1 (PhD student in Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry Division) Sabrina Iskander, Exploiting Promiscuous tRNA Synthetases to Identify Non-Canonical Peptide Inhibitors of KRAS via mRNA Display (PhD student in Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery Center) Jasmine King, In-situ Thermogelling injectable hydrogel to enhance cytotoxic neural stem cell delivery for post-surgical Glioblastoma multiforme (PhD student in Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics … Continued


Researcher’s postdoc work on micronutrients published in Science journal

December 18, 2019

Aaron Anselmo, Ph.D., is looking for new ways to deliver micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, to people across the world. “Currently a lot of different foods are fortified with micronutrients in the developing world, but some of these fortification approaches don’t address the end use of the product,” he said. “For example, cooking at high temperatures and long times can result in degradation of the fortified micronutrient which then won’t be absorbed by the body.” Anselmo is currently an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics. His lab conducts research on therapeutic … Continued


Newly promoted associate professor Hathaway published in Nature Biotechnology

November 27, 2019

Nathaniel Hathaway, Ph.D., a researcher at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was published in Nature Biotechnology earlier this month for his work creating tools that can control gene expression. Hathaway, who will be promoted to associate professor Dec. 1, focuses on understanding the mechanisms of gene regulation by chromatin while discovering small molecules that change epigenetic pathways. The Nature Biotechnology publication was a collaboration with other researchers from UNC, a group at Mount Sinai Center for Therapeutics Discovery … Continued


Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy at UNC recognized as a top chapter

November 7, 2019

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s student chapter of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) was recognized as a Top 3 Chapter of the Year at this year’s national convention on Oct. 30. AMCP is a national professional society whose mission is to support pharmacists in managed care. Managed care is a sector of pharmacy that focuses on making healthcare interventions more affordable while optimizing all possible resources. This is the most recent award out of several for a historically successful chapter. The group received Chapter of the Year in 2016 and took first place in the Pharmacy & … Continued


Alumna releases new book, ‘And the Silent Spoke,’ based on travel experiences

October 28, 2019

Amy Greeson, RPh., estimates she’s been through about 15 different forests and jungles. She’s seen the rich landscapes of the Amazon, the Congo, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico, among others, all on a quest to learn about ancient medicinal treatments and gather plants to bring back home to study in North Carolina. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy alumna,’90, said she began traveling to jungles after graduating from pharmacy school. Through her travels, she began to expand her views on pharmacy and became interested in discovering plants that had yet to be researched for medicinal purposes, especially before they were … Continued


Carpenter receives National Institute on Drug Abuse funding for naloxone training project

October 24, 2019

Naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, could save lives in rural areas that face a disproportionately high number of opioid-related deaths. Yet many rural communities struggle with limited access to naloxone due to a lack of adequate training for healthcare professionals. Delesha Carpenter, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., received a $594,082 R34 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to create a module that would properly help pharmacists discuss the sensitive topics of overdose and naloxone with patients and their family and friends. This type of training is particularly important because community pharmacists are oftentimes the … Continued


Former dean Bill Campbell returns to UNC for seminar

October 21, 2019

William “Bill” Campbell, Ph.D., former dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, still remembered when a professor at Oregon State University encouraged him to go to graduate school. “That single, small act changed my life,” he said during his Oct. 21 seminar talk to faculty and staff at the School. Since then, Campbell has had a decades-long career in academic leadership. He served as the School’s dean from 1993 to 2003. He was previously the dean of the Auburn School of Pharmacy and president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Campbell’s talk focused on the importance of … Continued


For new faculty member, ‘being back home at UNC is such an honor’

October 18, 2019

Deborah Sturpe, Pharm.D., MA, a UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy alumna, recently joined the School’s Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics as a faculty member. Sturpe’s research is based upon investigating ways in which curriculum, teaching methods, student assessment, and other educational programs. We asked her about her experience in academia: Q: What is your hometown? That’s actually hard to answer. I technically grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, but my family bought property on Lake Norman just north of Charlotte, N.C., when I was young. I spent all my summers there, and that was officially “home” by the … Continued


2019 Device and Diagnostics Summit looks at new possibilities for medical devices

October 16, 2019

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Eshelman Institute for Innovation and UNC’s Innovate Carolina, a university-wide initiative to promote entrepreneurship, came together to host the Device and Diagnostics Summit on Oct. 10, at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill. The summit brought together people from UNC and the pharmaceutical industry to share and learn about new research in medical devices and diagnostics, and to talk about bottlenecks facing industry. The schedule also included breaks for group networking. Additionally, the summit introduced John Bamforth, Ph.D., new director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. “The summit provided a great forum for faculty … Continued


Two UNC Ph.D. students are making cancer research accessible through blogging

October 11, 2019

For Sara Musetti and Manisit Das, Ph.D. students in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, their commitment to research doesn’t stop in the lab. Das and Musetti founded OncoBites, a blog that posts summaries of new developments in cancer research. Das said part of the motivation for the blog came from a question he always received – “When will there be a cure for cancer?” OncoBites is meant to explain scientific research in an accessible way and includes information about the complexity of the research process and how long it takes to implement new treatments. Blog posts are crafted by … Continued