Students Honored for Research Excellence
Three students were recognized for outstanding projects at the College of Pharmacy's fifth annual Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day on April 14.
The three honorees present a brief oral summary of their research abstract in a mid-day showcase. Earlier in the day, attendees heard a presentation by Dr. Barry Carter, professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He discussed "Establishing a NIH-funded research program: Physician/pharmacist collaborative models." Dr. Carter was followed by Dr. James W. McGinity, professor of pharmaceutics at UT Austin, in a presentation titled, "How to prepare for the transition from college to industry."
The three student honorees include a Pharm.D. student, a graduate student, and a resident.
Brittany Makos, a P-4 Pharm.D. student, was cited for the outstanding abstract submission from a professional/undergraduate student. Her study is titled, "Incidence and Risk Factors for Community Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Skin Infections Among U.S. Children." Makos worked in cooperation with Dr. Christopher Frei, assistant professor of pharmacotherapy, and with graduate student Christine Oramasionwu.
Sarah Dickerson, a graduate student in pharmacology/toxicology, was named recipient of the award for a graduate student. Working in the lab of Dr. Andrea Gore, professor of pharmacology/toxicology, Dickerson submitted a project titled "Perinatal Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls Disrupts Sexual Differentiation of the Reproductive Neuroendocrine Axis." Other contributors named on the abstract include Stephanie Cunningham and Monique Monita.
Asma Lat was cited as the honoree among abstracts submitted by residents and postgraduate scholars. Working with Dr. Nathan Wiederhold, assistant professor of pharmacotherapy, Lat's abstract is titled, "Comparison of In Vitro Potency by Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations and Time-Kill Studies and the Effects of Human Serum on Echinocandin Activity Against CandidaParapsilosis." James Lewis II also cooperated in the project that involved the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.
Poster presentations of their research projects were among the 70 submitted research posters on display in the showcase tent just outside the pharmacy building.