Fei YuJuly 2017 - Fei Yu was named a 2017-2018 UNMC Presidential Graduate Fellow.  Yu's primary research interest is in the development of polymers for drug delivery systems. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Southeast University in Nanjing, China, and did graduate work at the University of Houston in Texas. At UNMC, she has explored polymers to deliver drugs and genes for cancer treatment under the mentorship of David Oupický, PhD She has published several research papers and will continue her research on combination drug delivery based on polymers.

Mr. Payne

March 2017 - William Payne has been selected as a recipient of the Blue Water Graduate Fellowship program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Will's project will integrate super computing in the design and self-assembly of nanomaterials.  Dr. Aaron Mohs is his academic advisor.


Feb 2017 - Damian Daszynski was the recipient of the Young Investigator’s Travel Award for the 13th Scientific Meeting for the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. This award allowed Damian to travel to Florence, Italy, to present his research results on the ocular tissue distribution of orally active multifunctional antioxidants. This study is the first described approach in ocular drug delivery where physicochemical parameters are being used to determine the distribution of orally administered drugs into ocular tissues.  Dr. Peter Kador is his academic advisor.

September 2016 - Fei Yu received the Berndt Graduate Travel Award.  The award provides recipients up to $600 for travel and other expenses related to presenting research at national or international conferences.  Dr. David Oupicky is her academic advisor.

September 2015 - Jing Li has received the 2015 UNMC Postdoctoral Pathway to Independence Award. This award is given annually to one outstanding UNMC postdoc.  Congratulations,  Jing, on this impressive achievement.

September 2015 - Students, faculty and staff enjoyed the annual PSGP Welcome Dinner on September 10.
PSGP welcome dinner

August 2015Rongshi Li, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was co-organizer of the symposium "Evolution of Natural Product Research in Drug Discovery" in Boston, Massachusetts, August 16-20.  The symposium was sponsored on behalf of the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry at the 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting.

June 2015 -Yuxiang Dong, PhD, Research Associate Professor, was invited to be a guest professor by Southeast University (SEU), Nanjing, China. SEU is a top University among Chinese colleges and belongs to the highest tier owned by Chinese Ministry of Education. He hopes this position will allow him greater international collaboration to advance research.

HBCU StudentsJune 2015 - Dr. Ram Mahato, Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, was honored with the 2014-2015 Collaborative Undergraduate Historically Black Colleges and Universities Student Summer Training Program Award for his Prostate Cancer Research Program. The program focuses on training undergraduate students in the multi-disciplinary fields of research relevant to prostate cancer through course-work, seminars and workshops. This educational training program is a collaborative effort with Hampton University. Dr. Mahato, the principal investigator, along with other UNMC mentors including Drs. Surinder Batra, Kaustubh Datta, Jered Garrison and Subodh Lele and advisors at Hampton University designed the course work, seminar series and performance assessment standards. The program provides one-on-one guidance to these student researchers with an intent to continue collaboration after the program has ended. Five students from Hampton University are participating in the summer program: Leslie Harden, Rachel Walker, Duc Ha, Brianne Jennings, and Sequoyah Bennett. “We look forward to their active participation and endeavors in making this training program successful,” states Dr. Mahato.

June 2015 - Five pharmaceutical sciences graduate students received UNMC Graduate fellowships. These are highly competitive awards of $23,100 per year for each of the students.  Congratulations to: Shrey Kanvinde, Richard Sleightholm, Kruti Soni, Laura Weber and Ruinan Yang.

Mrs. JiaMay 2015- Mrs. Yinnong Jia, a Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate student, and her advisor, Dr. Jered Garrison, recently attended the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The SNMMI is the major international conference for the radiopharmaceutical sciences, which is the focus of most of the work in Dr. Garrison's lab. At this meeting, Yinnong's work/poster was recognized as a highlight at the Radiopharmaceutical Summary session, which synopsizes the most prominent abstracts (> 400 for that section) that were submitted. Also, her poster won 1st place in the Molecular Targeting Probes division (~180 posters).

"Our lab is very proud of her accomplishments and how well she represented our lab, our department/graduate program, the CDDN, the COP and the UNMC," said Dr. Garrison.

Congratulations, Yinnong!

PGSRM 2015

June 2015 - Pharmaceutical Sciences students visiting the PGSRM meeting in Kentucky June 11-13. Several of our students were selected to give a podium presentation.