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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy research uses viruses to fight cancer

SPOKANE – Pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. student Victor Bii is working on a project to understand how breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. Metastasis to vital organs is what causes lethality in breast cancer, so studying this process is key to identifying new therapies.

Victor is using a retrovirus that normally causes leukemia to identify how breast cancer spreads into other tissues like bone and lung. The research takes advantage of the viruses’ ability to insert its DNA into the genome of a human cell. The virus then acts like a molecular tag to identify genes that get … » More …

WSU pharmacy program makes it easier to combine two degrees

SPOKANE, Wash.  – Students seeking the professional pharmacist degree at Washington State University will now find it quicker to also obtain a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences if they are interested and eligible.

By following an overlapping sequence of required courses for each of the two sequential degrees, a student could save two years of the five years it generally takes to attain a Ph.D.

“In recent years, several PharmD students have completed both PharmD and PhD degrees in the College of Pharmacy and while they were successful in their degree completions, we expect more interest in the combined degree in the future and so adopted … » More …

WSU Students Earn Pharmaceutical Science Research Support

SPOKANE, Wash – Two graduate students in pharmaceutical sciences at Washington State University have received prestigious fellowships from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

Both students recently moved across the country to follow their faculty advisors to WSU where the professors have accepted positions in the College of Pharmacy’s clinical pharmacology unit in Spokane.

Each student will receive $6,500 paid directly to WSU to support their work for a year, beginning Sept. 1, 2013.

“This is a competitive national process and therefore a great honor to receive an award,” said Gary M. Pollack, dean of pharmacy at WSU. The students submitted applications for the fellowships … » More …

National research grant renewed for WSU physiology graduate student

photo of heidi medfordSPOKANE, Wash. – A graduate student working in the research laboratory of a Washington State University exercise physiologist has received a second year of research funding from the American Physiological Society.

Heidi Medford was one of five students nationally to have the annual grant of $28,300 renewed for a second year. Last year, she was one of eight to receive the award, which can be renewed for up to two years.

Known as the Porter Physiology Development Fellowship, the funding is awarded after a competitive evaluation of applicants’ research proposals, grades, community outreach, … » More …

National Science Foundation funds WSU graduate student’s research

SPOKANE, Wash. – A graduate student comparing the genetic effects of diabetes and exercise on the heart has been welcomed to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

The NSF annual award of $30,000 – renewable annually for up to three years – begins in summer 2013 and will support Emily Cox in her research project in the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology program at WSU Health Sciences in Spokane.

“Both exercise and diabetes change the shape and size of the heart, but they do it in different ways, and the basis for the difference is not well understood,” Cox said. “”I’m studying how diabetes … » More …