GPPS Students Receive Good News in April

Ahmed A. Alobaida


Ahmed A. Alobaida, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Pharmacy’s Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences (GPPS) was selected by the Saudi Association for Pulmonary Hypertension (SAPH) to make a podium presentation of his abstract, titled, “Inhaled PLGA Particles of Rosiglitazone, oral antidiabetic, and SNAP, Nitric oxide donor as a promising targeted therapy for PAH.” He delivered the presentation April 5-7 at the SAPH 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Alobaida is a research assistant in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences lab of Fakhrul Ahsan, Ph.D.


In addition, four other GPPS students recently received travel scholarships to attend science and research conferences:


Farzane Sivandzade


Taylor Liles


Farzane Sivandzade and Taylor Liles, research assistants in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences laboratory of Dr. Luca Cucullo, Ph.D., were each selected to receive a scholarship and travel award to attend the short course, titled “The Whole Scientist,” May 14-18 at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. The scholarships are provided by the National Institutes of Health and will go toward registration fees, food and lodging. 


Sharavan Ramachandran


Kumari ‘Iti’ Kaushik


Sharavan Ramachandran and Kumari ‘Iti’ Kaushik, research assistants in the laboratory of Sanjay K. Srivastava, Ph.D., who chairs the Department of Immunotherapeutics and Biotechnology, each received a Seahorse Travel Award from Agilent Technologies to help them attend the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting April 14-18 in Chicago. Agilent said Ramachandran’s and Kaushik’s work helps the company meet its goal of “enabling new discoveries on the role of cellular bioenergetics in pathophysiology.”


Ramachandran also received a Travel Grant from Cayman Chemical to help him attend the same American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting April 14-18 in Chicago. Cayman Chemical said it is committed to supporting young investigators in biomedical research by offering grants for them to attend conferences and connect with the larger scientific community.

 Pharmaceutical Sciences

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