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PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Alexander, Keisha

Casalvieri, Kimberly Kim Casalvieri is originally from South Brunswick, New Jersey. She received her BS in Biochemistry and BA. in Chemistry from the College of Charleston in 2011. After graduation, she joined the anti-aging skin care platform at Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Consumer Companies assisting in the development of several anti-aging skin care products. From the anti-aging platform, she made the transition to the GMP lab where she used FDA-regulated Good Ma​nufacturing Practices to prepare all documentation for production; order the necessary raw materials; and formulate, package, and label all samples that were then handed off for consumer use, stability, and efficacy testing. She then joined the team of MitoChem Therapeutics at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012 to assist in the development of a treatment for retinal degenerative diseases. Her role at MitoChem was to develop an eye drop formulation that maintains the stability of the compound and delivers an optimum dose to the retina. In addition, the majority of her efforts were focused on the organic synthesis of novel compounds and prodrug variants of top compounds to be tested in both in vivo and in vitro efficacy models. She joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at the University of Colorado in 2015 and has been a member of the Reigan lab since January 2016. Her focus in the Reigan lab is on the development of an isoform- selective RSK kinase inhibitor for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Czaja, Angela Angela Czaja obtained her undergraduate (Biochemistry) and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She received clinical training in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and pediatric critical care at the University of Washington before coming to the University of Colorado. She also has a master of science in Epidemiology. Her current focus is pediatric pharmacoepidemiology, with specific interest in off-label prescribing. For her dissertation work, she is studying the adverse cardiovascular effects of SSRIs, and is involved with various projects through the CER2 network and American Academy of Pediatrics studying the use and safety of medication in the pediatric population.
Fogueri, Uma Uma Completed her BS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Goa University (India). She completed her MS degree in Physical Computational Chemistry from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Uma joined the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Program at the University of Colorado in the Fall of 2013. Uma's research focusses on "small and large molecule" drug disposition in kidney diseases with an emphasis on formulation development, drug delivery, and pharmacokinetics. Uma is also trying to evaluate the role of vitamin D in kidney diseases by focusing on drug metabolizing enzymes and transporter expressions.
Gandhi, Aditya Aditya Gandhi graduated in 2010 from University of Mumbai, India with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. He then earned a master’s degree in Industrial Pharmacy from St. John’s University, NY. Aditya joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in August 2013 and works in John Carpenter’s lab. His PhD thesis focuses on characterizing physical stability and aggregation of antibody-drug conjugates.
Ibrahim, Mustafa Mustafa Ibrahim graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 with a BS in chemistry. He then joined an intramural branch of the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix, AZ, where he conducted clinical research in obesity and diabetes etiology. In 2016, he completed his MS degree in pharmaceutics at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research focused on cellular modeling of neuropsychiatric disease in the Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Mustafa currently conducts research under the mentorship of Dr. Pete Anderson in the clinical pharmacology of antiretroviral drugs for HIV prevention and treatment. He also serves as Chair of the student committee of the Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research division of AAPS and is a member of the Pharmacometrics focus group steering committee.
Lofchy, Laren
Oreschak, Kris Kris was born in Tokyo and grew up in Las Vegas. After spending time at Montana State University, he graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Idaho in 2014. His research focused on the effect of fluoxetine on zebrafish behavior. In 2010, he retired as champion from his family's fantasy baseball league. Kris joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2015 to pursue pharmacogenomics research. His thesis work involves investigating the pharmacogenomics of immunosuppressant adverse effects following heart transplantation in Dr. Christina Aquilante's lab.
Pardee, Scott ​Scott Pardee graduated from UCLA in 2015 with a BS in Chemistry. Soon after graduation, he returned back to his hometown of Thousand Oaks, California to work for Amgen. There, he joined the large molecule drug product formulation department as an Associate Scientist. For two years, he planned and executed formulation stability studies on multiple protein drugs in the Amgen pipeline. He joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD program in August 2017 and plans to join Dr. Krishna Mallela's lab. He plans to revolve his thesis work around protein stability, specifically the effect of excipient interactions with therapeutic proteins.
Shah, Dinen Dinen Shah graduated with a Bachelors in Pharmacy from University of Mumbai, India, followed by his MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at the University of Colorado in 2012 to pursue his PhD He works in Dr. Krishna Mallela's lab and his research is focused on using biophysical tools to study therapeutic proteins to better understand the effects of chemical degradation on their structure, stability, aggregation and functional aspects. He also works on understanding the effects of excipients on pharmaceutical formulations. ​​
Tuey, Stacey Stacey Tuey graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2013 with a BS in Chemistry. Her undergraduate research focused on synthesizing rigid polyurethane materials from natural seed oils for environmentally friendly consumer products. In September 2013 she began working as a Scientific Research Assistant in the Microbiology Research and Development department at Johnson & Johnson’s medical device company, Advanced Sterilization Products. Here she worked on new product development of biological indicators to be used in low-temperature sterilizers. She joined the Pharmaceutical Science PhD program in August 2016 and works in Dr. Melanie Joy’s lab. Here she has studied the influence of vitamin D on functional expression on drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters in the kidney and she also investigated utilizing 6-gingerol and bardoxolone methyl as nephroprotectants against cisplatin-induced renal toxicity in mice. She plans to focus her research on the effects of drug-drug interactions in kidney injury and disease.
Warfield, Becka