Students Select 2019 Best Instructors; Phil Rodgers Wins Top Award

May 2, 2019

Pharm.D. students at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy selected the Instructor of the Year award winners for 2018-19, honoring the winners at the annual awards ceremony on April 13. The Instructor of the Year award recognizes one course instructor from each year of the Pharm.D. curriculum who demonstrates the highest qualities of instructional ability and an interest in both the students and the educational programs of the school. Overall Instructor of the Year Award: Philip Rodgers, Pharm.D. PY3 Instructor of the Year Award: Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S. PY2 Instructor of the Year Award: Suzanne Harris, Pharm.D. PY1 Instructor of … Continued


Ava Vargason Receives National Science Foundation Research Fellowship

April 29, 2019

Ava Vargason, a Ph.D. candidate at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, was awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Vargason is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics, advised by Aaron Anselmo, Ph.D. Her research project focuses on modifying the surface of therapeutic bacteria to enhance their ability to adhere to mucosal and cell surfaces. “By enabling therapeutic bacteria to adhere with high affinity and specificity to locations in the GI tract, we can target areas of injury, such as inflammation or cancer,” Vargason said. “This project holds promise to enhance … Continued


Christine Ko, UNC Team Take Second In CLARION Case Competition

April 26, 2019

An interprofessional group of UNC-Chapel Hill health professional students secured second place at the annual CLARION National Case Competition in Minneapolis. Third-year Pharm.D. student Christine Ko of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was part of the UNC team, along with Natalie Browne of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Uzma Khan of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program at the School of Medicine, and Monica Kim of the School of Dentistry. The competition was held at the University of Minnesota on April 13. It was organized by CLARION, a University of Minnesota student organization dedicated to … Continued


School awarded AACP’s 2019 Innovation in Teaching Award

April 25, 2019

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy awarded its 2019 Innovation in Teaching Award to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The School was recognized for redesigning the pharmacotherapy curriculum at the School and implementing the new integrated pharmacotherapy (iPHTH) course series. The iPHTH consists of three groundbreaking courses taught across consecutive semesters in the second and third year of the pharmacotherapy curriculum. The award-winning project, co-led by Denise Rhoney, Pharm.D., and Amanda Corbett, Pharm.D., is titled “Master Adaptive Learning: Reengineering Core Integrated Pharmacotherapy Curriculum for 21st Century Learning.” Project team members included Sarah Anderson, Pharm.D., Tom Angelo, Ph.D., Ian … Continued


Students create device to prevent drug diversion, take top honors at E(I) Lab Awards

April 25, 2019

A team of five students claimed first place at the E(I) Lab Awards ceremony in April, following their project creation called NarcAlert – a device designed to prevent drug diversion in healthcare facilities. The E(I) Lab is a six-month-long experiential program that brings together graduate students, professional students and postdocs from diverse disciplines across UNC to conceive, develop and test innovative solutions to unmet needs in healthcare. This year’s winning team (called BCSD) included UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students Christopher Wang, Brandon Luong, Stephanie Kim, Xiaorui Fu and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School student Chi Tsu. “We started our idea … Continued


Virtual lab takes gold in international Hermes Awards

April 24, 2019

The High-performance Liquid Chromatography virtual lab won gold honors in three categories in this year’s international Hermes Awards. The Hermes Awards honor the messengers and creators of traditional and emerging media and symbolize a mark of excellence in the marketing/communications field. The PharmAlliance development team’s project won gold in the following categories: E-Learning, Interactive Capabilities and Web-based Multimedia. The competition is set up with 200 categories distributed under the headings: Print Media, Public Relations/Communications and Electronic/Social/Interactive Media. The virtual lab is unique in that it combines 3D machines with simulated chromatogram software. It allows students to run experiments and familiarize … Continued


UNC PY2s Create Guide to Pharmaceutical Industry for Pharm.D. Students

April 1, 2019

When Jeff Pike explains why he chose pharmacy school, he points to the two sides of pharmacy he finds most engaging. First, there’s the science. Pike is fascinated by the high level of science pharmacy demands — particularly the elegance with which drugs target certain receptors in the body. Then, there’s the communication skills Pharm.D. students must learn to use. A successful pharmacist must be able to convey advanced medical information to doctors on the one hand, and simplify the information for patients on the other. “There’s this combination of scientific expertise, coupled with really high level of communication,” said … Continued


Martin, Hanafin Win Presidential Trainee Awards from ASCPT

March 4, 2019

Two students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy were awarded the Presidential Trainee Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Jesse Martin and Patrick Hanafin were among the 17 recipients of the award, which recognizes the top scoring abstracts submitted by clinical pharmacologists in training. Martin also received the ASCPT Jason Morrow Trainee Award for the second-highest scoring trainee abstract submitted. The award includes a $1,000 prize. Both students will be recognized and receive their awards at the ASCPT Annual Meeting in March in Washington, DC. Martin is a third-year Pharm.D. student in the Research and … Continued


Jackie Gerhart Wins BAHM Case Competition

February 27, 2019

Jackie Gerhart, a Ph.D. student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, took first place at the Business School Alliance for Health Management Case Competition at Harvard Business School on Feb. 9. Gerhart and her partner, Aditi Borde, a dual MHA/MBA candidate, won a $10,000 first place prize for their pitch idea for a partnership with Walmart and Blue Cross Blue Shield NC to develop an incentivized diabetes management program for rural communities. Gerhart is a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Daniel Gonzalez, Pharm.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics. Nearly 40 students … Continued


Mariya Popova Awarded NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship

February 21, 2019

Mariya Popova, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Laboratory for Molecular Modeling, is the recipient of the 2019-20 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship. Popova is supervised by Alexander Tropsha, Ph.D., and Olexandr Isayev, Ph.D. Her research focuses on applications and development of deep learning methods for computational chemistry and drug design. Popova is developing deep learning algorithms to solve computational chemistry problems, such as the generation of novel molecules with desired properties and prediction of a synthesis path for a given chemical compound. “My research goal is to revolutionize drug design with artificial intelligence,” she said. “Having these problems solved will speed … Continued