Recent Awards and Honors
- Danny Gonzalez, PharmD, PhD, has received a NIH R01 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. His project is titled “Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling to Guide Drug Dosing in Children with Obesity”.
- Dan Crona, PharmD, PhD, has received ACCP RI Futures Grant Junior Investigator Award. The project name is “A Prospective Multi-dose Study of Apixaban in Nephrotic Syndrome Patients.”
- Gauri Rao, PharmD, MS, has been selected to host a 2019 ASCPT The proposal is similar to the game challenge session hosted last year, where the goal is to use modeling to help solve a clinical question relevant to one of the funding agencies (e.g., Gates Foundation or Critical Path Institute).
- Noora Sjostedt, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Brouwer Lab, has been awarded a continuation of her postdoc research funding from the Sigrid Jusélius Foundation for the year 2019. The Finnish Sigrid Jusélius Foundation is a private foundation that supports Finnish medical research and the international mobility of researchers.
- Bill Zamboni was awarded a 2nd NCI UM1 administrative supplement entitled, “Pharmacological studies of the mononuclear phagocyte system as part of the clinical studies of anetumab ravtansine: Analysis of Samples”.
- Bill Zamboni also received an R43 / SBIR with CBT Pharma for a project titled, “Combination of checkpoint inhibitors”.
- Julie Dumond was awarded an R21 from the NIH National Institute on Aging for a project titled, “Effects of Aging and Inflammation on Intracellular Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor Pharmacology in the WIHS Cohort”.
- Amanda Corbett, PharmD, has been appointed as Assistant Dean for the Professional Curriculum effective August 1, 2018. As Assistant Dean for Professional Curriculum, Amanda will work closely with the faculty, practitioners, students, and leadership to ensure integration of curricular innovations into the professional curriculum and seamless implementation of the residential, experiential, global, and rural components of the curriculum.
- Kim Brouwer, PharmD, PhD, and Carter Cao, PhD, have received an Equipment Supplement Award in the amount of $139,913 from NIGMS to purchase a Nikon Ti2 Inverted Microscope for their research.
- Raju Khatri, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Dr. Lee’s Lab, received an American Heart Association 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. His project is titled, “Predicting maternal changes in antihypertensive drug metabolism and exposure during pregnancy.”
- Danny Gonzalez, PharmD, PhD, was invited to serve on NICHD Strategic Planning Working Group. This is a great opportunity to interact with NICHD staff and other experts within the pediatrics research community.
- Bill Zamboni, PharmD, PhD, received a R01 grant from NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for his project entitled, “Overcoming anti-PEG immunity to restore prolonged circulation and efficacy of PEGylated therapeutics” with Dr. Sam Lai.
- Adam Persky received a $4000 AACP grant to help support Yanying Yang’s RASP project, “Use of worked examples and problem solving to teach clinical note writing”
- Heyward Hull, PharmD, M.S., recently received the 2018 Fred M. Eckel Pharmacy Leadership Award from the UNC Medical Center Department of Pharmacy.
- Dennis Williams, PharmD, received the Overall Instructor of the Year award for the second year in a row at the 2018 Awards Ceremony. Dennis was also recognized as the Most Engaged Preceptor at the PY4 (weekly) Weekly Seminar for the Chapel Hill Region.
- Jo Ellen Rodgers, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, FCCP, FNAP, FHFSA, FAHA received the PY2 Instructor of the Year award at the 2018 Awards Ceremony.
- Olivia Dong, MPH, has has been funded for her pre-doctoral fellowship for the next fiscal year from the American Heart Association. The amount of the fellowship is $26,844.
- Kim L.R. Brouwer, Pharm.D., Ph.D., has been named as the recipient of the 2018 ASCPT-FDA William Abrams Lecture Award. Brouwer’s lecture is titled, “Altered Hepatic Transport Due to Liver Disease and Drug Interactions: Implications for Drug Development” and will take place on Wednesday, May 23.
- Angela Kashuba, Pharm.D., was selected as one of the two Featured Speakers for the ASCPT 2018 Annual Meeting. Her presentation occurred at the meeting in Orlando at the end of March.
- Mac Gilliland, Ph.D., (Post-Doc Research Associate – Kashuba Lab) has been selected as a recipient of a 2018 ASMS Post-Doctoral Career Development Award. The amount of the award is $10,000. This award will be presented at the ASMS annual conference in June in San Diego.
- Erika Giblin, Pharm.D., (Heart Failure Academic Fellow – Patterson) received first place at the 2018 ACC Scientific Sessions, Pharmacist Poster and Platform Session in Orlando, FL. She presented the preliminary data from the DOAC Study as a platform presentation.
- Olivia Dong, MPH, (4th Year Graduate Student – Wiltshire Lab) was 100 women out of 741 nominees selected to receive a $15,000 P.E.O. Scholar Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. Dong was also nominated for and accepted as a member of the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society.
- Yanguang “Carter” Cao, Ph.D., received an administrative supplement to his R35 Outstanding Investigator Grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to create a platform to optimize antibody-based therapy.
- Nithya Srinivas (4th Year Graduate Student – Kashuba Lab) and Izna Ali, Pharm.D., (4th Year Graduate Student – Brouwer Lab) have received Khalid Ishaq Travel Awards based on their upcoming conferences and proposals.
- Olivia Dong, MPH, (4th Year Graduate Student – Wiltshire Lab) has been named as the recipient of the School’s Kathryne A. Brewington Graduate Student Research Award for 2017. She also received the 2018 Travel Grant from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
- Herbert Patterson, Pharm.D., has been named director of the Bill and Karen Campbell Faculty Mentoring Program.
- Paul Watkins, M.D., is the recipient of the 2018 American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Division for Toxicology Career Award. The award will be presented during the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego, California in April.
- Craig Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is part of one of the seven research teams chosen to develop comprehensive proposals as part of the first round of the Creativity Hubs initiative, launched in October in support of the University’s Blueprint for Next strategic framework. Please visit the program website to learn more about these innovative projects and creative teams.
- Adam Persky, Ph.D., has been promoted to Clinical Professor.
- Olivia Dong, MPH, (4th Year Graduate Student – Wiltshire Lab) received the Emerging Dietetic Leader Award from Durham-Chapel Hill Dietetic Association.
- Jacqueline Bezençon, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Associate – Brouwer lab) was named as the recipient of the Irma Tschudi-Steiner Award 2017 for the best female pharmaceutical sciences PhD thesis at the University of Basel.
- Amanda Corbett, Pharm.D., was among the winners of this year’s Chancellor’s Faculty Entrepreneurship Workshop
- Aaron Devanathan (1st year graduate student – Kashuba Lab) was selected as the People’s Choice Award winner at the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on November 1. Additionally, Aaron has become board certified by the American Association of HIV practitioners (AAHIVP).
- Olivia Dong, (4th year Graduate Student – Wiltshire lab) received a UNC Graduate Student Transportation Grant Award from the UNC Graduate School Fellowship Office in the amount of $1000.
- Jackie Gerhart (1st year graduate student – Gonzalez Lab) received the ASCPT Presidential Trainee Award for the abstract she submitted. She will attend the meeting and be part of a poster walkthrough on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
- Daisy Zhu (1st year graduate student – Crona lab) was featured in the November edition of the ACCP Student, Trainee, and Young Professional e-newsletter.
- Ryan Beechinor (T32 fellow, Gonzalez Lab) has passed his Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP) examination.
- Yanguang “Carter” Cao, Ph.D., has received an R35 Outstanding Investigator Grant worth $1.85 million over five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to create a platform to optimize antibody-based therapy.
- Kim L.R. Brouwer, Pharm.D., Ph.D., has received an Outstanding Investigator Research Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The award is a National Institutes of Health R35 Senior Investigator Award worth $2.6 million over five years.
- Bill Zamboni’s Biomarker UM1 Grant Supplement entitled “Pharmacologic studies of the mononuclear phagocyte system as part of the clinical studies of anetumab ravtansine” has been funded.
- Cen Guo (5th year Graduate Student – Brouwer Lab) has been awarded a 2017 AAPS Graduate Student Research Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Drug Metabolism and Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research.
- Jim Beaudoin (3rd year Graduate Student – Brouwer Lab) has been awarded $25,000 by the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII) for a project called “Cross-Cultural Leadership Development Committee Expansion Initiative.”
- Kevin Straughn, (PY3 – Rao Lab) who is a part of the RASP program, was awarded the ACCP RI Futures Grant Student & Resident Investigator Award.
- Heather Prince (Kashuba Lab) has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).
- Dennis Williams has been appointed as a member of the inaugural Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialty Council.
- Merrie Mosedale is one of five recipients of the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Innovation in Regulatory Sciences Award.
- Mackenzie Cottrell’s TraCS $5k-$50k grant application titled “Does Sex Hormone Therapy Decrease TFV/FTC Active Metabolite Formation in Mucosal Tissues?” has been funded.
- Daniel Crona’s TraCS $5k-$50k grant application titled “Clinical Pharmacology of Apixaban in Nephrotic Syndrome” has been funded.
- Christoph Hornik (2nd year Graduate Student – Gonzalez Lab) has received notice that his NIH K23 award was funded.
- Nithya Srinivas (4th year Graduate Student – Kashuba Lab) is the recipient of the IAS/ANRS Lange-van Tongeren Prize for Young Investigators in the clinical sciences track from the International AIDS Society and the France Recherche Nord & Sud Sida-HIV Hépatites.