November 2021 Updates



Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Travis T. Denton and three co-authors published “The metabolic importance of the overlooked asparaginase II pathway,” in Analytical Biochemistry, a peer-reviewed journal by Elsevier.

Travis Denton and 4-co-authors published, “The metabolic importance of the glutaminase II pathway in normal and cancerous cells,” in Analytical Biochemistry, a peer-reviewed journal by Elsevier.

Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor and Director for the Center for Pharmacy Practice Research Kimberly McKeirnan and ten co-authors published, “Advancing a global pharmacy support workforce through a global strategic platform,” in the Journal of Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy in October 2021.

Kim McKeirnan and three co-authors published, “Standard-setting for continuing education assessment of select new competencies,” in the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions in October 2021.

Kim McKeirnan, Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor Cheyenne Frazier, Pharmacotherapy Professor Brian Gates, and one co-author published, “Teaching transgender patient care to student pharmacists,” in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning Journal in October 2021.

Pharmacotherapy Professor Megan Willson, Kim McKeirnan, Pharmacotherapy Assistant Professor (Yakima) Christina Buchman, and co-authors published, “Comparing trained student peers versus paid actors as standardized patients for simulated patient prescription counseling,” in Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy in December 2021.

Connor Smith (PharmD, class of 2021) and Allen I. White Distinguished Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy Joshua Neumiller published, “Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease primer for pharmacists,” in U.S. Pharmacist in October 2021.


Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor and Director of Industry Engagement Bhagwat Prasad presented his research as an invited seminar entitled “Interplay of phase II metabolism, transport and microbiome in drug and steroid disposition,” at the University at Buffalo Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buffalo, New York on October 14, 2021.

Josh Neumiller presented, “Managing type 2 diabetes with glp-1 receptor agonists: updates and insights for pharmacists (monograph),” on PowerPak.

Josh Neumiller presented, “Meeting People with diabetes where they are: lessons learned from the home environment,” for the Maine Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists on October 20, 2021.

Josh Neumiller presented, “Clinical pearls about the use of SGLT2 inhibitors for patients with CKD,” on November 4, 2021 at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2021 annual conference.

Josh Neumiller presented, “Optimal delivery of diabetes and CKD therapies by multidisciplinary care models,” on November 4, 2021 at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2021 annual conference.


Travis Denton and collaborator Kenneth Hensley were issued US Patent No. 11,084,836, titled, “Therapy of autophagy-related pathologies,” on August 10, 2021.

Bhagwat Prasad was the section editor for Drug Discovery Today: Technologies  journal for its recent issue on proteomics in drug discovery and development.

Josh Neumiller is serving on the Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) Certified Diabetes Technology Clinician (CDTC) Advisory Board.

Grants and Awards

Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Boyang (Jason) Wu received the Pacesetter Award: Life and Health Sciences for his research on prostate cancer during the Washington State University Research Week Awards Ceremony on October 15, 2021.


Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Medicine students

Christopher Szlenk (Natesan lab) was selected as a Highlighted Trainee Author in Molecular Pharmacology for October 2021.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students

Kennedy Erickson (class of 2023) served as a panelist for, “Women in pharmacy: remembering our past, committing to our present and investing in our future,” a virtual panel discussion organized by the APhA Foundation In celebration of American Pharmacists Month and Women Pharmacist Day on October 20, 2021.