Grad students invited to share work

Four Ph.D. candidates for the School of Pharmacy’s Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences have recently attended conferences, been invited to make presentations or received scholarships.  

Ali SifatAli Sifat, a Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences research assistant for Thomas Abbruscato, Ph.D., conducted a podium presentation during the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference Feb. 21-24, 2017 in Houston. Sifat’s oral presentation was titled “E-Cigarette Exposure Alters Brain Glucose Utilization And Stroke Outcome.”


Kshitij VermaKshitij Verma, a Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences research assistant for Paul Trippier Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the Graduate Student Recruiting Program for the National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute (NCI) May 3-4 in Bethesda, Maryland. No more than 25 graduate students are selected from across the country to participate in the program, whose purpose is to recruit outstanding senior graduate students to postdoctoral positions at the NCI. The program provides participants the opportunity to present and discuss their research, meet with other students attending, learn about the research at NCI and interview for postdoctoral training opportunities.


Nehal GuptaNehal Gupta, a Department of Biomedical Sciences research assistant for Sanjay Srivastava, Ph.D., will give an invited podium presentation during the 29th Annual TTUHSC Graduate School in Biomedical Sciences Student Research Week March 7-10, 2017, in Lubbock. The theme for the event is “Molecular Neuroscience & Systems: From Nucleotides to Networks.” Research Week will also include a poster competition for biomedical and clinical research conducted by students, residents and clinical fellows from all TTUHSC campuses. 


Heidi VillalbaThe TTUHSC Student Government Association’s Phonathon Scholarship Committee has awarded a Phonathon Scholarship to Heidi Villalba, a Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences research assistant for Thomas Abbruscato, Ph.D. This scholarship is awarded in recognition of her involvement in school activities and community services, her demonstrated leadership and her academic standing. Villalba, currently president for the Graduate Student Association of Amarillo, has been highly instrumental in organizing multiple service activities throughout the community. In addition, the TTUHSC Student Research Week Committee selected Villalba to present her research poster March 8 at the its Donor Reception.


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The School of Pharmacy was established in 1996 and now has campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and Abilene. Since its inception, the school has played a significant role in addressing the state's pharmacist shortage. Today, more than 90 percent of its graduates remain in Texas.

The school requires its students to complete more clinical training hours than any other pharmacy program in the country, making its students some of the most sought after graduates.