September 2020 Updates



Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Travis T. Denton, with pharmaceutical sciences and molecular medicine graduate students Dunxin Shen and Laken Kruger and Doctor of Pharmacy student Tyler Deatherage published, “Synthesis of a-Ketoglutaramic acid,” in Analytical Biochemistry in August 2020.

Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Kimberly C. McKeirnan published, “ACIP updates vaccine recommendations for 2020: what pharmacists need to know,” in Pharmacy Times in August 2020.

Kimberly McKeirnan, Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor (Yakima) Anne P. Kim,  Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor (Yakima) Angela S. Stewart, Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Connie M. Remsberg and co-authors published, “Study behaviors associated with student pharmacists’ academic success in an active classroom pharmacy curriculum,” in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in July 2020.

Allen I. White Distinguished Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy Joshua Neumiller and co-authors published, “2020 expert consensus decision pathway on novel therapies for cardiovascular risk reduction in patients with type 2 diabetes,” in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in August 2020.

Josh Neumiller, Pharmacotherapy Professor Brian Gates and co-authors published, “Medication use, renin-angiotensin system inhibitors, and acute care utilization after hospitalization in patients with chronic kidney disease,” in the Journal of the Renin-Angiotensin Aldosterone System in August 2020.

Megan Undeberg and co-authors published, “Rural–urban disparities in access to medicaid-contracted pharmacies in Washington state, 2017,” in volume 17 of Preventing Chronic Disease, a peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the CDC.


J. Roberts and Marcia Fosberg Distinguished Professor of Pharmacotherapy Danial Baker has been granted adjunct faculty status at Gulf Medical University for the 2020 – 21 academic year.

Danial Baker and Drug Information Center Resident Brittany Craft served as external reviewers for the thesis defense of three students in the Master in Clinical Pharmacy program at Gulf Medical University in the United Arab Emirates.

Josh Neumiller served as faculty advisor for the development of two educational pieces on use of diabetes technology produced by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) titled, “A pharmacist’s guide to insulin pump technology,” and “Using continuous glucose monitoring to improve outcomes for your patients.” Learn more

Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor (Yakima) Nick Giruzzi was featured on KIMA Action News for his work on a new Lauzier grant which will fund patient care services for those experiencing homelessness and rural communities in the Yakima Valley.


Travis Denton was awarded a Phase 2 Technology Commercialization Grant for $61,746 from the Washington Research Foundation to expand the development of lanthionine ketenamine (ester) phosphonate (esters) for the treatment of ALS, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor John Clarke was awarded a R21 grant from NIH/NCCIH of $420,750 over two years for the project, “Enteric and hepatic transporter mechanisms for pharmacokinetic natural product-drug interactions.”


Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Julie Akers was selected to receive a Grand Council Deputy Certificate of Excellence from Kappa Psi International Fraternity for her work as the Grand Council Deputy of the Beta Pi chapter. This is her second year in a row receiving this honor.

Danial Baker was awarded the 2020 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Medicine students

Yadira Pérez Páramo (Lazarus lab) successfully passed her final defense on August 19, 2020.

Baron Bechtold (Clarke lab) successfully passed his preliminary exam on August 11, 2020.

Dunxin Shen (Denton lab) and Laken Kruger (Prasad lab) with faculty co-author Travis Denton and one other published, “Synthesis of a-Ketoglutaramic acid,” in Analytical Biochemistry in August 2020.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students

Tyler Deatherage with faculty co-author Travis Denton and two others published, “Synthesis of a-Ketoglutaramic acid,” in Analytical Biochemistry in August 2020.