Students Honored for Research Excellence
Three students will be recognized for outstanding projects at the College of Pharmacy's fifth annual Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day scheduled for April 14.
The three honorees will be featured in a 12:45 p.m. showcase in Room 3.106 of the south building of the college. Each will have opportunity to present a brief oral summary of their research abstract.
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 Candida Parapsilosis." James Lewis II also cooperated in the project that involved the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.
Poster presentations of these research projects will be among the 70 submitted research posters on display in the showcase tent just outside the pharmacy building. The display will be open from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.