Graduate & Postdoctoral Student Profiles
Office: PHR 3.209
Education: B.Pharm. Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Field(s) of research: Health outcomes; children, adolescents
Ayoade is a graduate student in the division of Pharmacy Administration. She has had experience working in both hospital and retail pharmacy settings. Her research interest is primarily in health outcomes particularly in the pediatric population as they transition from childhood into adolescence. Presently, her master's thesis seeks to assess adherence to medications in the pediatric population with type 2 diabetes as they transition into adolescence. She is also interested in research that seeks to understand how health outcomes differ by race and gender in the pediatric population.
Hitesh S. Chandwani
As a broad area, I am interested in Outcomes Research. My specific interest lies in assessing costs and outcomes of interventions for pain management. I am currently working on my Master's thesis "National estimates of hospital cost and resource use for patients with opioid abuse-related diagnoses." I will be using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's (HCUP) National Emergency Department Sample (NEDS).
See also Chandwani's CV (PDF format).
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy,
National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
See also Cheng's CV (PDF format).
Research Interests: Anandaroop Dasgupta is graduate student in the Division of Pharmacy Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds an MS degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Houston. His research interests are in the areas of health economics, policy analysis and quality of care. He is also interested in understanding consumer behavior towards adoption of information technology in the pharmaceutical professional practice. His dissertation project focuses on the analysis of the national medical expenditure panel survey database for understanding the side effects associated with usage of antipsychotics.
See also Dasgupta's CV (PDF format).
Bachelor of Technology in the Branch of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, May 2009
Pooja is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Pharmacy Administration. Her research interests are mainly in Pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research and Pharmacoepidemiology. At this time she is working on her Master's thesis which involves estimating the direct and indirect costs associated with schizophrenia in the state of Texas. She is going to use the Medication Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) database for this. In addition to estimating the associated costs, she also plans to determine the factors responsible for the high cost of the illness.
See also Desai's CV (PDF format).
Marc Fleming, Ph.D. Candidate
Master of Science, Pharmacy Administration, The University of Texas at Austin and
Master of Public Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Research interests are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) and pharmacists utilization. Treatment disparities in depression and pain. Pharmacy practice.
See also Fleming's CV (PDF format).
College of Pharmacy of University of Texas at Austin , Ph.D degree
Pharmaceutical College of Peking University, Masters degree
China Center for Economic Research, Dual degree
Pharmaceutical College of Peking University, Bachelors degree
Shan Jiang is a first year Ph.D student in Pharmacy administration Division. Her research interests lie in investigating the economic costs of psychiatric diseases in China (part of the health care reform program), conducting a nationwide survey and cost-effectiveness analyses. Shan is currently taking classes in epidemiology and experimental design and inferential statistics and is interested to develop her expertise in pharmacoeconomic research.
See also Jiang's CV (PDF format).
Tatiana has joined the Division of Pharmacy Administration (HOPP) in Fall 2010. Her research interests are pharmacoeconomics and outcomes analyses, health-related quality of life of patients with chronic disease states, such as asthma. Currently she is working on the project that aims to analyze health services utilization of Medicaid beneficiaries with asthma. She hopes that by examining predictors related to long-term adherence of patients with asthma, new educational programs and policies may be implemented so the incidents of patients’ exacerbations is at the possible minimum level.
See also Makhinova's CV (PDF format).
BS, Pharmacy, University of Mumbai, India
Poorva Nemlekar is currently pursuing a MS in Pharmacy Administration at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Her interests are in Pharmacoeconomics, Outcomes Research, and Pharmaceutical Marketing. She holds a BS in Pharmacy from Bombay College of Pharmacy, India. She has completed several clinical research projects working with Cipla Ltd. (India) prior to joining the graduate program at the College of Pharmacy at UT. For her thesis project, she designed a web-based survey using SurveyMonkey™. Her thesis involves assessing the perceptions of managed care organization (MCO) representatives i.e., health plan and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) about use of prescription drug co-pay subsidy coupons. In addition, she has completed a survey study that identifies the perception of Texas pharmacists on new or transferred prescription incentives.
See also Nemlekar's CV (PDF format).
Office: PHR 3.209
Education: M.S.Phr. University of Texas at Austin; B.Pharm Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
Field(s) of research: Health outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics
Abiola is a graduate student in the division of Pharmacy Administration. He was formerly a product manager at Pfizer (ECAWA region in Africa) with experience in brand development, sales and marketing. His present research interests focus on improving patients' treatment outcomes. Specifically, he is interested in evaluating patient's medication use profile, medication adherence, and persistence in different disease conditions. His master's thesis examined adherence to medications used in managing painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN) and their association with oral antidiabetic medication (OAD) adherence. He has also been involved in projects which evaluated the state of health and economic outcome research in African countries. He is currently working on evaluating drug combination use and medication switch patterns among diabetic patients taking neuropathic pain medications. He is the current Chair of the University Apartments Tenancy Advisory Board (TAB).
M.S., Department of Managed Care Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Sookmyung Women's University
B.S., College of Pharmacy, Sookmyung Women's University
On paper, the Korean pharmaceutical market is a paradise for the patients in a way. After all, Korea is known for one of the highest per capita consumption of medication in the world, making Korea into 14th largest market in the world. However, this is only paper. Patients are not provided with optimal services because of the market situation in Korea today. With so many players, competition in all fronts of the supply side is fierce. This is a national problem. I would like to play a major role in fixing to improve the industry as researcher. This is what I want.
I am interested in study on the effect of the disease management program conducted by the pharmacists on the patients with chronic symptoms such diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia etc. Moreover, I am also interested in cost analysis on the clinical outcome of conducting pharmaceutical services such as improving medication compliance. Lastly, I wish to research the system of reimbursement in the managed care setting instead of simply getting paid a fee for service per prescription, which is the system used by Korea.
See also Park's CV (PDF format).
Masters, Chung-Ang University, Seoul
Haesuk Park is originally from South Korea, and received her Bachelor and Master of Pharmacy in Chung-Ang University, Seoul. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Pharmacy Administration at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Haesuk's research interests lie in economic evaluation and health-related outcome studies of medications and pharmaceutical care services that can potentially improve healthcare services for patients. During the past year, she developed a cost-effectiveness model of lanthanum carbonate versus sevelamer hydrochloride in patients with end-stage renal disease and hyperphosphatemia. This summer, she interned at Xcenda in Florida, a company that conducts economic evaluation and outcomes research. Presently, she is working on a research project to evaluate health care utilization and cost for patients with gout and to explore the relationship between elevated serum uric acid level and health care utilization using the Scott & White Healthcare System. Her major advisor is Dr. Karen Rascati.
Poojee Sudhapalli, PharmD
Graduate Student at Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division, College of Pharmacy
August 2011 – Present
Research interests include Pharmacoeconomics, Health Outcomes and Policy related studies.
See also Sudhapalli's CV (PDF format).
Angela Lowe Winegar, MS
Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology - Princeton University
Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration - The University of Texas at Austin
In June of 2005, Angela Winegar began the Pharmacy Administration program at The University of Texas at Austin and is now a Doctoral Candidate expecting to graduate in 2011. Having received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and working for six years as a consultant to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries in the area of FDA compliance, Angela has become familiar with many of the business and regulatory challenges faced by manufacturers of health technology. Since starting the program, Angela has focused her studies on issues associated with pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policy. Her thesis, completed in December 2007, is titled The Impact of Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans on the Percent Gross Margin Earned by Independent Pharmacies for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries in Texas. Upon presenting this research at the 13th Annual ISPOR International Meeting in May 2008, Angela was recognized as having the Best Podium Presentation by a student. Furthering her research into the financial difficulties independent community pharmacies face in an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace, Angela's PhD research has broadened to explore how managed care companies estimate a pharmacy's ingredient acquisition cost and how that translates to reimbursements. While at UT, Angela has been the American Pharmacies Fellow in Independent Pharmacy Management since 2009, and was the Schering-Plough Research Institute Graduate Fellow in 2008. She has been a member of ISPOR and the Rho Chi Honors Society since 2005 and 2006, respectively.
See also Winegar's CV (PDF format).