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Futures Grants

Junior Investigator Awards:

  • Houda Alachkar, Pharm.D., Ph.D., USC School of Pharmacy – Pharmacogenomics of Age-Specific, Asparaginase-Induced Hepatotoxicity in Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Mentor: Enrique Cadenas, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey M. Rybak, Pharm.D., University of Tennessee, Memphis – Revealing the Impact of Small Molecule Transporters on Clinical Triazole Resistance in Aspergillus Fumigatus. Mentor: P. David Rogers, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FCCP

Student/Resident Awards:

  • Tyler Shugg, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Candidate, Purdue University – A Mechanistic Analysis of CaMKII Regulation of IKs During Sustained Beta-Adrenergic Stimulation. Mentor: Brian Overholser, Pharm.D., FCCP
  • Kevin Straughn, B.S., Pharm.D. Candidate, University of North Carolina – Design and Optimization of Polymyxin-Based Triple Combination Regimens Against Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae. Mentor: Gauri Rao, Pharm.D., M.S. (Computer Engineering), M.S. (Pharmacometrics)
  • Anh Tan Truong, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern California – A Novel Approach to Understanding the Estrogen Receptor Signaling Pathway Using Thermally Responsive Biopolymers. Mentor: J. Andrew MacKay, Ph.D.
  • Ana D. Vega, Pharm.D., PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident, University of Maryland – Oral Vancomycin Plus Intravenous Metronidazole for Severe Clostridium Difficile NAP1/BI/027 Infection. Mentor: Kimberly Claeys, Pharm.D., BCPS

Junior Investigator Awards

  • Ryan Funk, Pharm.D., Ph.D., University of Kansas (mentor: Susan Abdel-Rahman, Pharm.D.) - Etanercept Trough Level Monitoring and Therapeutic Response in Juvenile Arthritis
  • Laura Hart, Pharm.D., University of Washington (mentor: Zachary Marcum, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS) - Evaluating the Association Between Central Nervous System-Active Medications and Falls in Older Adults with Dementia
  • Melanie Nicol, Pharm.D., Ph.D., University of Minnesota (mentor: Paul Bohjanen, M.D., Ph.D.) - Role of Exogenous and Endogenous Sex Hormones on Tenofovir and Emtricitabine Disposition in the Female Genital Tract

Student/Resident Awards

  • Anne Masich, Pharm.D., University of Maryland (mentor: Jeffrey Gonzales, Pharm.D., FCCM, BCPS, BCCCP) - Vancomycin Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics in Obese Patients with Sepsis
  • Kyle Molina, Midwestern University (mentor: Vanthida Huang, Pharm.D., BSPHM, FCCP) - Detection of Heterogeneity in Staphylococcus aureus Isolates: Comparing PAP-AUC of Automated vs. Manual Method
  • Alexander Prokopienko, Pharm.D., University of Pittsburgh (mentor: Thomas Nolin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FCCP, FCP, FASN) - Targeted Inhibition of FMO Mediated Formation of TMAO in Kidney Disease: A Pilot Study
  • Erika Titus-Lay, Pharm.D., Purdue University (mentor: James Tisdale, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, FAHA, BCPS) - Methadone- Induced QT Interval Prolongation in a Narcotic Treatment Center: Identifying Patients at Risk and Simplifying ECG Monitoring

Junior Investigator Awards

  • Kyle Burghardt, Pharm.D., from Wayne State University (mentor: Vicki Ellingrod, Pharm.D., FCCP) – Insulin Resistance Induced by Antipsychotic Medication in the Absence of Obesity: Impact of DNA Methylation and Lipids in the Skeletal Muscle.
  • Jason Karnes, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS, from the University of Arizona (mentors: Dan Roden, M.D., Kenneth Ramos, M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.B.) – Pharmacogenomics of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia.
  • lly Reveles, Pharm.D., Ph.D., from the University of Texas at Austin (mentor: Christopher Frei, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS) – Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection Epidemiology and Clinical Risk Prediction in the United States Veterans Health Admiistration.

Student/Resident Awards

  • Dina Ali from the University of Tennessee (mentor: Robert Parker, Pharm.D., FCCP) –Mechanism of Altered Clopidogrel Metabolism in Diabetes.
  • Elizabeth Wood from Auburn University (mentor: Allison Chung, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS) –Vitamin D Supplementation in Critically Ill Children: A Prospective Trial and Dose Evaluation.