2019 – 2020 Graduates

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Graduates

Nina Kim, M.S. (Spring 2020)

Pharmacotherapy, Supervisor: Dr. Karen Rascati & Dr. Paul Godley

Impact of Obesity on Real-World Clinical Outcomes in Patients with a Trial Fibrillation on Direct Oral Anticoagulant Therapy: A Retrospective Cohort Study

 

Samuel Palka, M.S. (Spring 2020)

Pharmacotherapy, Supervisor: Dr. Kelly Reveles

Determining Predictors of Response to Ambulatory Pharmacist-led Diabetes Care

 

I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Kelly Reveles and Dr. DeWayne Davidson for their tremendous support and guidance throughout graduate school. You have both been incredible role models and educators for me. I am so fortunate I had this experience with both of you.

Marie Yasuda, M.S. (Spring 2020)

Pharmacotherapy, Supervisor: Dr. Karen Rascati & Dr. James Wilson

Examining the Relationship Between Antibiotic Prescribing and Patient-Experience Survey Results for Acute Adult Bronchitis in an Outpatient Setting

 

 

 

Shiraz Halloush, Ph.D. (Spring 2020)

Pharmacotherapy, Supervisor: Jim Koeller

Establishing the 6-month Resource Utilization and Cost-of-Care For The Treatment of First-Line Metastatic Braf (+) Melanoma with Combination Braf & Mek Inhibitors

 

I wish to express my sincere thanks to my dissertation supervisor, Prof. Jim Koeller, for his guidance, encouragement, patience, and support throughout my research journey. Thank you for believing in me to pursue my passion and for providing me a solid foundation for success. I cannot thank you enough for investing your time in me over the past four years as we have worked together. I would not be where I am today without you. In addition, I express my appreciation to my dissertation committee members, Dr. Kelly Reveles, Dr. Grace Lee, and Dr. Stephen Huber. Thank you for your valuable guidance and support throughout this dissertation project. I wish you all the absolute best in all of your future endeavors.

 

Xu Liu, Ph.D. (Spring 2020)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisor: Drs. Feng Zhang

Application of Reactive Melt Extrusion for Bioavailability Enhancement and Modified Drug Release

 

Sawittree Sahakijpijarn, Ph.D. (Spring 2020)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisor: Dr. Robert Williams

Inhalable Dosage Forms Containing Difficult-to-Formulate Drugs: Compositions and Processing Design Space

 

 

Yajie Zhang, Ph.D. (Spring 2020)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisors: Drs. Robert Williams & Alan Watts

Development of Dry Powder Inhalation for Biological Drug Modalities

 

 

 

 

 

Shiyu Zhang, M.S. (Fall 2019)

Health Outcomes, Supervisor: Dr. Karen Rascati

Evaluation of Progesterone (17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate) Utilization, Adherence, and Outcomes in Women with a High-risk Pregnancy

 

I could not have arrived at this point without the help of my supervisor, Dr. Karen Rascati. I have benefited from her thoughtful mentoring. I am also grateful to my committee members, Dr. Jamie Barner and Dr. Kristin Richards. I would also like to thank all of the faculty members and graduate students in the Health Outcomes Division. Last, I would like to express my appreciation to my parents and boyfriend. Their love, understanding, and encouragement enabled me to keep pursuing my dreams.

 

Chengwen Teng, Ph.D. (Fall 2019)

Translational Science, Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Frei

Adverse Drug Reactions Associated with Antibiotics: An Analysis of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System

I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Christopher Frei, for his mentoring and support. Dr. Frei has guided me in every aspect of research, including literature review, generating research ideas, research proposal writing, data analysis, interpretation of data, and manuscript writing. He is a great mentor. In addition, I express my appreciation to my dissertation committee members, Dr. Kelly Reveles, Dr. James Wilson, Dr. Elizabeth Walter, and Dr. Carlos Alvarez. Thank you for your guidance and support throughout this dissertation project. Moreover, I express my gratitude to Dr. Kirk Evoy for his guidance on manuscript writing. I would also like to thank Dr. Frei’s research group members Dr. Obiageri Obodozie-Ofoegbu, Xavier Jones, Dr. Daryl Gaspar, Kaitlin Kennedy, Taylor Patek, Courtney Baus, Dr. Lindsey Groff, Dr. Victor Encarnacion, and Dr. Huda Razzack. I really appreciate your kind help. Furthermore, I would like to thank The University of Texas at Austin Pharmacotherapy Division graduate students Dr. James Shurko and Shiraz Halloush for organizing social events and fun. Lastly, I would like to thank my former classmates at Yangzhou High School, Dr. Guanbo Chen, Dr. Yuanzhen Li, Le Tao, Chunming Li, and Dr. Tian Liu; my former classmates at Wuhan University, Dr. Li Li, Dr. Jiatian Lu, Dr. Qianfan Zhang, Dr. Hao Yang, Dr. Yijing Liu, and Liangbo Jiang; my former roommates at the University of Southern Mississippi, Yongliang Shi and Chen Xia; my former colleague at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Yifeng Gao; my former classmates at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Dr. Ankush Rehan, Dr. Jeremy Benson, Dr. Tianyun Gao, and Dr. Joshua Johnston; for friendship and advice.

 

Scott Jermain, Ph.D. (Fall 2019)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisor: Dr. Robert Williams

Enhancing Delivery of Poorly Water-Soluble Drugs by Innovative Amorphous Solid Dispersions

 

First, I would like to thank my family for the love, support, and encouragement on the path towards pursuing a Ph.D., even when that meant further education after my Pharm.D. Further, I would like to thank my fiancé, Mandy, for being my constant rock, sounding board, and cheerleader throughout graduate school. Next, I would like to thank my mentor, Dr. Bill Williams for constantly pushing me to achieve excellence and for inspiring me along the way and always providing me with opportunities to succeed. Finally, I’d like to thank God for the opportunity, the willpower, and the people He set in my path to lead me to where I am today.

 

 

Hairui ZhangHairui Zhang, Ph.D. (Fall 2019)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisor: Dr. Hugh Smyth

Development of Non-Viral Systems for Pulmonary Nucleic Acid Delivery and Gene Editing

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Meng, Ph.D. (Fall 2019)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisor: Dr. Feng Zhang

Effect of Molecular Interactions of Properties of Amorphous Solid Dispersions

Michael Brian Lowinger, Ph.D. (Fall 2019)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisors: Drs. Feng Zhang & Robert Williams

Sustained Release Drug Delivery Applications of Poly(urethanes)

Jasmim Leal, Ph.D. (Fall 2019)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisors: Drs. Hugh Smyth & Debadyuti Ghosh

Mucus-Penetrating Peptides as Surface Coatings for Pulmonary Delivery

Urvi Hasmukhlal Gala, Ph.D. (Fall 2019)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisors: Dr. Robert Williams

Improved Prostate Cancer Therapeutics Through Kinetisol Enabled Amorphous Solid Dispersions of Abiraterone

Nidhi Shukla, M.S.P.S. (Fall 2019)

Health Outcomes, Supervisor: Dr. Jamie Barner

Qiujun (Samantha) Shao, M.S.P.S. (Fall 2019)

Health Outcomes, Supervisor: Dr. Karen Rascati

Matt Hill, Ph.D. (Summer 2019)

Health Outcomes, Supervisor: Dr. Kenneth Lawson

Retrospective Analysis of Treated Prevalence, Psychiatric Comorbidities, And Healthcare Utilization And Expenditures In Commercially Insured Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

First, I would like to extend the sincerest gratitude to my advisor Ken Lawson for his guidance, patience, and camaraderie. A special thanks to my committee members: Dr. Jamie Barner for her research methods teachings during my journey – thanks for always considering me as one of your own; Dr. Karen Rascati for her pharmacoeconomic and research methods coursework; and my external committee member Ibrahim Abbass for providing me with valuable knowledge and experiences that were impossible to deliver in any academic setting.

Gregory H. Palmrose, Ph.D. (Summer 2019)

Health Outcomes, Supervisors: Drs. Jamie Barner & Tyler Gums

Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression Risk Factor Trend Analysis and Opioid Guideline-Related Risk Reduction in the Department of Defense Long-Term Opioid Therapy Population

 

Xiujuan (Sophie) Peng, Ph.D. (Summer 2019)

Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Supervisor: Dr. Debadyuti Ghosh

Discovery of Blood-Brain Barrier Penetrating Peptides by Phage Display Technology to Deliver Biologics into the Brain

 

First of all, I want to thank my family and friends for their unconditional support and love along my journey pursuing a Ph.D. degree at UT Austin! Then, I want to thank my Ph.D. supervisor Dr.Ghosh for his mentorship and guidance on my Ph.D. project completion! I want to thank my committee members Dr.Williams, Dr.Stavchansky, Dr.Cui, and Dr.Baker, thanks for all the valuable suggestions to improve my Ph.D. work! Last and always, I want to thank all MPDD and COP folks for all your teaching, collaboration, help, or support! I wish you all the best!

 

In the News:

Outstanding Alumnus

The 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards recognize outstanding academic or non-academic achievements of Graduate School alumni.

Kenneth Ramos, M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.B.
Director, Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Assistant Vice-Chancellor
Texas A&M University System
College of Pharmacy, Ph.D., ’83