Category Archives: Smyth lab

Smyth Lab presents at Respiratory Drug Delivery 2022!

Graduate students Jamie Spahn and Varsha Nair as well as Postdoctoral Fellow Amr Hefnawy presented their work at RDD 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

Left to Right: Jamie Spahn, Amr Hefnawy, Hugh Smyth and Varsha Nair
Amr Hefnawy presented his work on a novel dry powder nebulizer
Jamie Spahn presented her work on continuous manufacturing of dry powders. Her work was chosen as one of the top 8 posters by reviewer’s choice. Jamie also had the opportunity to present her research on the podium.

Varsha Nair presented her work on high dose dry powder formulations for unstable antibiotics

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Moraga-Espinoza!

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Moraga-Espinoza for successfully defending his thesis work titled Development of a New Method of Determining Pharmaceutical Aerosol Plume Geometry Based on Drug Mass and Inhalation Flow. Daniel plans to continue to research pharmaceutical aerosols as an Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Valparaíso in Chile.








Dr. Moraga-Espinoza’s work has been published in Current pharmaceutical design, the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, the International Journal of Pharmaceutics, and the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Spring 2016 Graduations

Congratulations to Dr. Matt Herpin, PhD and Ashlee Brunaugh, PharmD!

Dr. Herpin successfully defended his dissertation and has received his Doctor of Philosophy. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab.

Ashlee has successfully completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program. She will be continuing in the lab as she pursues her PhD.


Updates – November 2014

Kristin Fathe, Ph.D. joins the lab as “Chief of Staff” and Editorial Assistant, welcome Kristin!

Dr Smyth named Editor-in-Chief of Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy – one of the oldest journals in pharmaceutics.

Diana Guzman-Villanueva publishes “Enhanced cellular uptake and gene silencing activity of siRNA molecules mediated by chitosan-derivative nano complexes” in Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Dr Smyth presents at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences Meeting – At the mini symposium organized by Drs Paolo Colombo and Carla Caramella, Dr Smyth presented on “Drug – Device Combinations for Inhalation Delivery”.

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Matthew Herpin presents poster at American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences Meeting ” Aqueous Based Aerosol Vehicles for Enhanced Ocular Drug Delivery”

Ju Du and Ping Du present a poster at American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences Meeting “Effect of Device Design on Granulated Lactose Based DPI Formulations”

Ping Du and Ju Du present a poster at American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences Meeting “Evaluation of Granulated Lactose as a Carrier for High Drug Loaded DPI Formulations”