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Making radiation therapy less toxic to the heart is focus of this graduate fellowship award

SPOKANE, Wash.—Panshak Dakup, a graduate student at Washington State University in Spokane, received a Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA). The fellowship comes with $53,688 over two years to support his research, which he is conducting in the laboratory of Shobhan Gaddameedhi at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS).

“We are interested in pursuing this study because heart failure is a major concern with radiation treatment that target the chest region in breast cancer patients.” Dakup said. “Fortunately, we discovered that the AHA has a way to fund graduate students with … » More …

WSU graduate student elected to national STEM board

Spokane-based graduate student Ana Vergara has been elected to the national board of directors for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Her term begins in January 2019.

“We are excited to welcome on the new board members.  They bring a wealth of experience from their professional backgrounds and from their involvement with SACNAS over the years,” said Lino Gonzalez, president of Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Vergara is a Ph.D. student at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She works in … » More …

Better treatments for RA the focus of this graduate fellowship award

Ruby Siegel is searching for a better way to treat rheumatoid arthritis.Ruby Seigal

According to Siegel, this painful auto-immune disease affects one percent of the population worldwide and currently there is no cure. Siegel recently received a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF). The fellowship includes $1,000 to Washington State University and $3,000 directly to Siegel to fund her research.

Siegel is a Ph.D. student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS). … » More …

Graduate student recognized for excellence in scholarship

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) has a reputation for developing outstanding scientists and leaders in research. The college continually strives to provide opportunities for students to engage with preeminent faculty and globally-recognized researchers, and gain national recognition in the process.

Yadira Xitlalli Pérez-Páramo is a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at WSU in Spokane. She recently received recognition from several international research organizations for excellence in collaborative research and scholarship.

Pérez-Páramo is from Morelia, Michocán, Mexico. She studied chemistry at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in her hometown, and completed her master’s … » More …

Advocating for student support, increased access in higher ed

Coug Day at the CapitolShannon Kozlovich, a graduate student in pharmaceutical sciences, in her role as director of legislative affairs for the Associated Students of Washington State University Spokane led a team of five students to represent the WSU Health Sciences campus at the Coug Day at the Capitol event in Olympia, Washington, on January 22, 2018.

The event connected students with 103 legislators from around the state to discuss student-related issues and lobby for bills that seek to make college more affordable and accessible for students all over our state. The Spokane team joined 90 other … » More …

Pharmacy alum, entrepreneur shares insights on success with students in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash.-Author and business woman Rhonda Rhyne participated in a special conversation on leadership with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) at the Washington State University Health Sciences campus in Spokane on October 20.

Rhyne has more than 25 years of executive medical technology experience. She currently serves as the CEO for Prevencio Inc., a Seattle-based company developing multi-protein blood tests for heart issues that include obstructive heart disease, stroke and obstructive peripheral artery disease. She also serves as Board Director for Aminex Therapeutics and OtoNexus Medical Technologies, both Seattle-area companies.

Rhyne authored the women’s leadership book, Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies … » More …

WSU Graduate Student Showcases Rheumatoid Arthritis Research

The chronic inflammatory disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is debilitating.

“RA patients experience pain that can make daily tasks difficult, and almost all RA patients find it difficult to even discuss pain because they feel disconnected from people without the disease,”

says Sabrina Fechtner.

“I chose this research topic because my findings may improve the daily lives of numerous RA patients.”

Sabrina Fechtner is a graduate student in the pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. program at Washington State University in Spokane. Under the mentorship of Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Salah-Uddin Ahmed, Fechtner is looking to understand how protein-induced inflammation … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses the benefits of a residency

Lisa Chamberlain speaking to studentsSPOKANE, Wash. – On October 19 Lisa Chamberlain spoke with Washington State University (WSU) student pharmacists about the benefits of a pharmacy residency.

“When you decide to do a residency a lot of doors are opened in your career,” said Chamberlain.

She discussed the many benefits of completing a residency such as developing a network of professionals, building your knowledge base, having an opportunity to explore different specialties, and becoming more competitive in the job market.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,” said Chamberlain.

Chamberlain explained that residencies are a … » More …

WSU graduate student showcases skin cancer research

Dr. Shobhan Gaddameedhi's lab groupSPOKANE, Wash.—Soumayadeep “Sam” Sarkar, a student in the pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. program at Washington State University in Spokane, studies skin cancer.

Sarkar works in the research lab of Dr. Shobhan Gaddameedhi at the WSU College of Pharmacy where they study circadian regulation, which is the influence of the 24 hour cycle (circadian clock) on the physiological processes of living things. Sarkar is looking at the biology of cells called melanocytes that produce melanin, which gives skin, hair and eyes their color. He is trying to understand how disruption of the clock can influence … » More …

Get your degree, and while you’re here you could change the world

Students in WSU graduate, professional programs contribute to ground-breaking research

SPOKANE, Wash.—Two researchers at Washington State University will be working on a new project aimed to make the drug vigabatrin safer. This is especially important for babies with certain epilepsies, but also if you are a student in WSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program or looking to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences.

“The drug vigabatrin remains the one effective therapeutic for the treatment of infantile spasms, a particularly insidious epileptic disorder,” said K. Michael Gibson.

Drs. Jean-Baptiste Roullet and Gibson study rare metabolic disorders at the WSU College of Pharmacy. Roullet’s work has predominantly focused … » More …