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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 … » More …

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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 …

College of Pharmacy says thank you, celebrates students, alumni and donors

Celebrating GenerosityThe Washington State University College of Pharmacy celebrated with alumni and donors at its annual spring recognition event, Friday, April 21, on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington.

The event, called Celebrating Generosity, is hosted by the college every spring to celebrate and say “thank you” to its alumni and donors who have made significant contributions to the college in the past year, and to present the college’s annual awards. This year, the college hosted a special continuing education presentation for pharmacy alumni in the afternoon. The presentation showcased the college’s recent work … » More …

Association for Faculty Women honors four graduate students

The WSU Association for Faculty Women has awarded four graduate students for their ongoing leadership, research and exceptional academic performance.

During its annual ceremony on April 6,  the association presented its AFW Founders Award, Harriett B. Rigas Award and Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award. The recipients were nominated by WSU faculty, staff and peers.

The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award went to Kari Ann Gaither, a doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences at WSU Spokane and a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her research on cancer therapies for women. As a STEM student, Gather has been an active supporter of opportunities that encourage youth to … » More …

WSU graduate student selected for national science mentoring program

Ana VergaraWashington State University graduate student Ana Vergara has been selected by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) as one of 16 graduate students nationally for its 2017-18 cohort of the ASPET Mentoring Network, which is a program that provides career development and coaching for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.

Each trainee is part of a six-person coaching group and will participate in both group and individual meetings throughout the year. The program focuses on professional development beyond the research bench including interview skills, communication and networking. Vergara will receive a $1,000 travel … » More …

College of Pharmacy Ph.D. graduate receives campus award

WSU College of Pharmacy graduate Emily Johnson received a 2016 WSU Spokane Chancellor’s Award. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize students for their significant leadership, academic contributions to the campus and community, and their commitment to innovation and ingenuity in their chosen field. Johnson recently completed her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences at WSU in Spokane.

Johnson was presented the award during the 2016 WSU Spokane Commencement Breakfast on May 6. She was nominated by her faculty mentor, Experimental and Systems Pharmacology Associate Professor Susan Marsh, and selected by WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown.

“Emily is a perfect example of a student who has excelled in all six … » More …

College of Pharmacy says thank you, celebrates students, alumni and donors

The Washington State University College of Pharmacy celebrated with alumni and donors at its annual spring recognition event, Friday, April 22, on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington.

The event, which was re-named Celebrating Generosity this year, is hosted by the college every spring to celebrate and say “thank you” to its alumni and donors who have made significant contributions to the college in the past year, and to present the college’s annual awards.

Individual and corporate support has allowed the college to award $325,000 in student scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year.

New scholarships and endowment funds established within the last year … » More …

Graduate student takes her love of science to Capitol Hill

Kari Gaither from WSU traveled to Washington, D.C., this spring as part of a group of 15 early-career scientists from across the United States to participate in biomedical research advocacy for the inaugural American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Early-Career Hill Day.

Gaither represented more than 14,000 graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows that make up the associate membership of the AACR.

Gaither’s group included one other young scientist and an AACR staffer. They made the rounds thanking legislators for their support and advocating for the continuation of funding of research through NIH programs. They visited representatives from the offices … » More …

College of Pharmacy says thank you, celebrates students, alumni and donors

The Washington State University College of Pharmacy hosted its annual Donor Appreciation and Awards Night on Friday, April 17, on campus at WSU Health Sciences at Spokane to honor and celebrate the individual and corporate supporters who have made significant contributions to the College in the last year.

“Without their generosity we would not be able to offer the wide range of educational opportunities for our students, including travel to professional conferences, our Career Seminar series, the best faculty anywhere, and of course, scholarship support,” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, an associate dean for the college and the event’s emcee.

Gerald Briggs, class of 1968, was … » More …