Research Day 2019
The 15th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day showcased undergraduates, Pharm.D. students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents presenting research abstracts and poster presentations.
Scholars recognized at Honors Day Convocation
On a rainy Saturday at the stadium, the College of Pharmacy hosted its annual Honors Day Convocation to recognize the outstanding academic efforts of its students who have achieved the university criteria for recognition as College Scholars, as well as previous degree holders who meet the Scholar’s criteria but are not included in the university ceremony.
Faculty honored at Teaching Excellence Awards
The University of Texas at Austin’s Pharmacy Council honored the College of Pharmacy’s deserving faculty at its 2019 Teaching Excellence Awards. See who took home the top honors.
Castleberry wins prestigious AACP award
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Ashley Castleberry, Pharm.D. is a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Emerging Teaching Scholar Award. The award is designed to recognize excellence of academic pharmacy faculty engaged in and/or supporting scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Gore receives five-year NIH grant to research PCBs
Pharmacology and Toxicology Professor Andrea C. Gore, Ph.D. recently received an impressive five-year RO1 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes for Health (NIH), for research to determine how PCBs cause dysfunctions in reproductive physiology and behavior.
Manganese regulation research highlighted as a NIEHS Paper of the Month
Assistant Professor Dr. Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay‘s manganese regulation research was recently featured by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) as one of its Papers of the Month. The findings may be useful for the treatment for parkinsonism caused by manganese poisoning.
UT Pharmacy grads excel in licensure testing
UT’s 2018 Pharm.D. graduates excel at two important licensure tests, the NAPLEX and MPJE, on the road to becoming pharmacists.
Pharmacy Day at the Texas Capitol
Each legislative year, Pharmacy Day at the Texas Capitol brings hundreds of pharmacy professionals to the Capitol grounds to make their voices heard. Members of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s (SNPhA) UT chapter gathered at the Texas Capitol to make full use of the day and advocate for the college and profession.
Professor’s research recognized by NIH
Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology Assistant Professor Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay M.B.B.S., Ph.D. was an investigator in recent research which found an inherited gene defect results in manganese poisoning inside cells, which leads to parkinsonism.
Dr. Mukhopadhyay was part of a team of scientists from the CNRS and University of Bordeaux, DESY and the ESRF has revealed one of the key mechanisms behind certain familial parkinsonian disorders.
Using synchrotron X-rays they have shown in detail how poisoning with metal manganese occurs inside a cell, leading to parkinsonian symptoms. It found that a specific genetic defect results in manganese accumulating in the cell’s so-called Golgi apparatus.
The research was recently selected by has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to publicize as one of its funded studies of the month.
Vasquez participates in DNA regions research
Professor Karen M. Vasquez, Ph.D. collaborated on a research paper exploring DNA fragility in the parallel evolution of pelvic reduction in stickleback fish. The report, which recently published in Science, shows that DNA regions, particularly the loss of pelvic hind fins in this species of fish, are genetic hot spots for rapid evolutionary changes. The study, whose lead researcher is Kathleen T. Xie from the Standard University School of Medicine and was conducted primarily in the lab of David M. Kingsley, can result in exciting new understandings of human evolution.
See which College of Pharmacy faculty members were promoted effective September 1, 2019.
Longhorn Pharmacy Focus, Fall 2018
Read the fall 2018 issue of Longhorn Pharmacy Focus, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy’s magazine.
Zhang awarded research grant from PhRMA
Division of Pharmaceutics Assistant Professor Feng Zhang, Ph.D. was recently awarded a $100,000 research grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation. Dr. Zhang’s proposal is on continuous manufacturing and granulation.
Kompella earns several awards at ACT annual meeting
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences Pallavi Kompella, who received a number of awards at the 39th Annual Meeting of the American College of Toxicology, including the 2018 North American Travel Grant ($1,000), the Arthur Furst Best Student Poster of the Year ($2,000), and the Charles River Fast Facts Competition – 3rd Place ($200)
Alumni gather for revamped Homecoming Tailgate
Alumni, students, staff, faculty, and well-wishers gathered during a temperate but blustery Saturday afternoon during the annual Homecoming Tailgate. Generously sponsored by H-E-B.
DiGiovanni earns Research Excellence Award
College of Pharmacy professor Dr. John DiGiovanni won the Career Research Excellence Award at the 2018 University Co-operative Society’s Research Excellence Awards and Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards.
Alumni honored at Reception and Awards Ceremony
College of Pharmacy alumni, faculty, students, staff, and well-wishers met to honor accomplished alumni at 2018’s Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony. Formerly part of the college’s homecoming festivities, the Alumni Reception and Award Ceremony was presented this year in conjunction with the 66th Annual Pharmacy Practice Seminar (PPS).
TxCORE Hires New Executive Director
The College of Pharmacy’s Texas Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education (TxCORE) will assume new leadership to support its and the university’s mission to transform healthcare when Michael Johnsrud, Ph.D. becomes its new executive director.
Vasquez collaborates on paper published in Nature
College of Pharmacy Professor Karen M. Vasquez, Ph.D. recently collaborated on a research paper exploring the mechanisms involved in DNA structure-induced genetic instability in human disease. “Mechanisms of genetic instability caused by (CGG)n repeats in an experimental mammalian system” recently published in Nature, and includes co-authors Artem V. Kononenko, Thomas Ebersole, and Sergei M. Mirkin from Tufts University.
Dr. Frei awarded 2018 Educator of the Year
Dr. Christopher R. Frei was declared the College of Pharmacy’s 2018 Educator of the Year Award winner. The announcement was one of several teaching awards to college faculty announced recently at the student-sponsored awards ceremony.
Research Day 2018
The 14th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day kicked off the morning of April 17, 2018 during UT Austin’s Research Week. Undergraduates, Pharm.D. students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents presented their research in abstracts and poster presentations to see who would take the top prizes.
UT Launches Center to Advance Health Interprofessional Practice and Education
UT recently launches the Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (Center for Health IPE), joining other state and national IPE centers to prepare health professionals with the expertise to become collaborative health care leaders advancing person-centered care and collaborative practice.
Statement from Dean Crismon on the death of Richard Morrisett.
Read Dean M. Lynn Crismon’s statement to the College of Pharmacy community regarding the death of Richard Morrisett.
Therapy dogs in the courtyard
Divine Canines brought four of its therapy dogs to the College of Pharmacy to accept some love from student pharmacists.
UT No. 3 pharmacy school in the nation
U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2018 rankings for colleges, universities, and higher education programs across the nation. The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy remains the third best pharmacy school in the United States, solidifying its place as one of the top pharmacy schools in the country.
P2s at the Blanton
Second-year student pharmacists toured the Blanton Museum of Art in their Nonprescription Pharmacotherapeutics and Self-Care II Lab as part of its Art and Self-Care lesson. The activity focused on mindfulness and how self-care benefits pharmacists and their patients.
Kids, parents, and members of the community lined up in the hallway and out the door to the College of Pharmacy’s third floor walkway during Explore UT.
Congratulations to Christopher Frei, Hugh Smyth, Margie Padilla, and Yasar Tasnif for their recent promotions.
College of Pharmacy partners with SinfoníaRx
Student pharmacists at UT Austin to receive cutting-edge experiential education in Medication Therapy Management from SinfoníaRx Inc.
Doctoral student mentors undergrad
Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences student Rachel Raia guides undergraduate student Jade Scott toward a career in pharmacy through UT’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program.
Happy Holidays from the College of Pharmacy
Watch a special video message from the College of Pharmacy highlighting the memorable moments of 2017. Happy holidays to you and yours.
Longhorn Pharmacy Focus – Fall 2017
Keep up to date with College of Pharmacy news through our news magazine, Longhorn Pharmacy Focus.
Enjoy our most recent edition of Focus, Fall 2017.
Gonzales named AAAS fellow
Professor Rueben Gonzales of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for distinguished contributions to the field of alcohol research.
Pharmacy alumni arrived to the UT Austin campus in October to talk of years past, watch some Texas Longhorn football, and be awarded for their vast accomplishments in the world. Read more.
Williams named Inventor of the Year
Bill Williams was named the 2017 Inventor of the Year by the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization.
Longhorn Pharmacy Focus
Keep up to date with College of Pharmacy news through our newsmagazine, Longhorn Pharmacy Focus.
Enjoy the spring 2017 edition of Focus.
The college’s latest innovative study program, the Lester Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, seeks applicants to its 2017-2018 class. Learn more about the Lester Scholars Program.
Tom and Beverly Gerding – friends we will miss
Tom and Beverly Gerding, longtime friends of Longhorn pharmacy, walked hand in hand through a life well spent and died 10 days apart this summer.
Read more about Tom and Beverly Gerding.
Ginsburg is finalist for lifetime leadership award
Dr. Diane Ginsburg is one of three finalists for a lifetime leadership award sponsored by Pharmacy Times magazine and Parata Systems, a company that develops automated technologies for pharmacies.
Read more about Ginsburg’s nomination.
A new study identifies several natural compounds found in food, including numeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer.
Read more about starving cancer cells.
A team of three UT student pharmacists placed among the elite programs in a national Clinical Research Challenge. The competition, sponsored by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, included a field of 80 competing teams.
Read more about the Clinical Research Challenge.
Students attend addiction program
Four student pharmacists will attend a summer program to study addiction and its treatment sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Read more about the summer addiction program.
A shared love of pharmacy – one family’s story
It didn’t take Donna Jermain, B.S. ’86 and Pharm.D. ’89, long in her pharmacy studies to determine that pharmacy was the career path for her. Yet she likely had no inkling that 30 years later, hers would be a family profession shared with both of her sons, Brian and Scott.
Read the Jermain family story.
DiGiovanni joins LIVESTRONG team
Dr. John DiGiovanni, the Coulter R. Sublett Endowed Chair in Pharmacy, has been appointed as associate director of basic research at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School effective May 1.
Read more about DiGiovanni’s appointment.
Wilcox named educator of the year
Dr. Richard Wilcox has been named 2017 Educator of the Year for the College of Pharmacy. He was one of several faculty cited to receive awards at the recent student-sponsored awards ceremony.
Read more about college teaching awards.
Research Day celebrates discovery
The art and science of discovery took center focus as the college observed Research Excellence Day 2017.
Read more about Research Day.
Longhorn student pharmacists Jade Fitzsimmons, Hannah Bustillos and Christine Burundi captured first place in the National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition conducted in Florida during Spring Break.
Read more about the compounding competition.
Dr. Maria Croyle is one of three researchers selected to receive funding from the Texas Health Catalyst to help move projects from technology in the research lab to products on the market.
Read more about Croyle’s work.
Dr. James McGinity has been named as a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors. He is one of three named to the honor from UT Austin this year in recognition of his distinguished work which includes 27 patents including his work to reformulate Oxycontin to an abuse-deterent composition.
Read more about McGinity’s honor.
Study suggests enzyme safely starves cancer cells
An enzyme developed and tested in a UT lab by a team including Dr. John DiGiovanni offers promise in the fight against certain cancers by starving the cancer cells while creating no apparent side effects in the patient.
Read about DiGiovanni’s research.
Pope named professor of the semester
Dr. Nathan Pope, clinical assistant professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named to receive the Professor of the Semester Award by The University of Texas at Austin’s Senate of College Councils.
Read about Dr. Pope’s recognition.
Student team wins business plan competition
A team of Longhorn pharmacy students has taken first place at a national competition designed to showcase business plans for independent pharmacies. Read more about the business plan competition.
Dr. Jamie Barner, professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named as the new head of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice (HOPP). Her appointment is effective in September. She follows Dr. Ken Lawson in the role who returns to full time teaching and research after five years of administrative service.
Read about Dr. Barner’s appointment.
Dr. Kevin Dalby, professor of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, has received a nearly $5 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to kick start drug discovery programs. The grant will support his Targeted Therapeutic Drug Discovery & Development Program, which is designed to develop small molecules that are precursors to cancer drug therapies. Read about Dalby’s CPRIT grant.
Vanessa Lopez, administrative manager in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, was named to receive a University Outstanding Staff Award as several other staff members were honored for service anniversaries. The university-wide ceremony was held on May 13. The Tower was lit burnt orange to honor the staff awardees. Read more about staff awards.
Dr. Diane Ginsburg, assistant dean for student affairs and clinical professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been honored by Texas Exes and UT pharmacy alumni by being voted to the Texas Ten. Ginsburg and her fellow faculty honorees are featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Texas Exes’ Alcalde magazine. Read about Ginsburg and the rest of the Texas Ten.
Dr. Nile Barnes, clinical assistant professor of health outcomes and pharmacy practice, has been named Educator of the Year at a spring event hosted by Pharmacy Council. Read more about the Educator of the Year and other teaching awards.
Titiana Makhinova, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Jamie Barner, scored high marks at the recent American Pharmacists Association Annual meeting when she was the best podium competition. Read more about Makhinova’s honor and research.
The art and science of discovery takes center stage on April 26 as the College of Pharmacy hosts the 12th annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Research Excellence Day at the Student Activities Center on campus. Learn more about Research Day 2016.
The college has joined the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and education in pharmaceutical product development and manufacturing. Read more about the NIPTE collaborative.
P-3 student Sarah Rumbellow is recipient of the United States Public Health service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award. Rumbellow serves as co-chair of the college’s Project Collaborate which provides free health screenings to the public. Read about the public health award.
Longhorn pharmacy once again was ranked among the elite programs of pharmacy education in new rankings recently released by U.S. News and World Report. Read about our No. 3 ranking.
Dr. Somshuvra Mukhopashyay, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is one of five exceptional early career scientists selected to receive grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The awards are part of the Outstanding New Environmental Scientists (ONES) program. Read about the ONES Award.
A study that focuses on the role of pharmacists in helping asthma patients stay healthy is the inaugural program supported by the Kloesel Endowment. Read about the asthma study.
Lam Nabs Third Teaching Award
Dr. Francis Lam has been named recipient of a 2016 Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, his third recognition for teaching excellence within 12 months. Read more about Lam’s award.
Heating Up the Fight Against Cancer
Dr. Ted Mills and his team are helping to heat up the fight against cancer through research that targets cancer’s dependence upon fats as well as sugars to develop tumors.
Read more about the work coming out of Mills’ lab.
A research study by Dr. Maria Croyle, professor of pharmaceutics, has been cited as the best research paper of 2015 by the University Co-op. The study outlines work in her lab to demonstrate long-term protection against the most lethal strain of Ebola. Read more about Croyle’s research award.
It was a very good national meeting for the UT Chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association. The group took home Chapter of the Year honors as well as several other awards. Read more about NCPA’s honors.