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3005, 2019

PharmSci Graduate Students Awarded Faculty Mentor & Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Awards

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

PharmSci Graduate Students Awarded Faculty Mentor & Graduate Dean's Dissertation Awards Congratulations are in order to two of PharmSci's PhD students Jenaro Soto (Melanie Cocco's lab) and Luiz Moreira Passalacqua (Andrej Luptak's lab). Jenaro Soto was named the 2019 Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Awardee. The FMP fellowship caters to PhD students and expects fellows to participate in meaningful resarch during the fall quarter of their award year and develop an independent [...]

2805, 2019

PPS at UCI Wins The Spirit of Relay Award at Relay For Life 2019

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Event, Giving, News, Students|

PPS at UCI Wins The Spirit of Relay Award at Relay For Life 2019 The department of Pharmaceutical Sciences would like to congratulate the Pre-Pharmacy Society (PPS) at UCI for winning the Spirit of Relay at Relay For Life 2019 on April 13th-14th! Relay For Life is a 24-hour cancer event hosted by the American Cancer Society and Colleges Against Cancer at UCI. This event aims to educate on cancer, [...]

804, 2019

2019 UCI Giving Day 

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Alumni, Event, Giving|

2019 UCI Giving Day  This year on Wednesday, April 24th, Pharmaceutical Sciences will participate in the 3rd annual UCI Giving Day. Giving Day is a 24-hour digital fundraising campaign, that is geared toward focusing on the number of gifts collected. This year UCIs goal is to raise 2,400 gifts in total. Our goal as a department is to exceed the number of gifts that we received in 2018. The money that is [...]

504, 2019

American Cancer Society awards $660,000 to UCI Cancer Biologist Claudia Benavente

By |April 5th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

American Cancer Society awards $660,000 to UCI Cancer Biologist Claudia Benavente Claudia Benavente, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and developmental & cell biology, was awarded a $660,000 Research Scholar Grant through the American Cancer Society (ACS). Professor Benavente joins an elite company of scientists and health care professionals who have received awards from the ACS to make great contributions to the fight against cancer. Benavente’s research aims to explain the [...]

304, 2019

Dr. Robert Spitale and Collegues Discover New DNA Chemical Modification Important for Learning and Memory

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Faculty, News, Research|

Dr. Robert Spitale and Colleagues Discover New DNA Chemical Modification Important for Learning and Memory Robert Spitale, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and colleagues have discovered a new DNA Chemical Modification that is pertinent to learning and memory. Dr. Spitale and colleagues describe their study results in an advanced online publication in Nature Neuroscience . These results expand the scope of DNA modifications in the adult brain and highlight changes [...]

2602, 2019

Why Should I Apply for a Master’s of Science in Pharmacology?

By |February 26th, 2019|Categories: News|

Why Should I Apply for a Master's of Science in Pharmacology? The Master of Science in Pharmacology (MSP) program at UCI caters to working professionals. Prospective students that are interested in or currently working in the pharmaceutical industry or related fields can benefit from the MSP program. Due to the flexibility of the program, students are able to manage their time to work and take courses. If you are interested [...]

3011, 2018

Deadline December 1st: Pharmacological Sciences PhD Program

By |November 30th, 2018|Categories: PhD Program|Tags: , , , , , |

  Deadline December 1st: Pharmacological Sciences PhD Program Interested students should apply for the Pharmacological Sciences PhD program by tomorrow Saturday, December 1, 2018 for full consideration. Submissions received up until January 5th may be considered. Applicants are required to submit the following: An official online application and an application fee ($105 for domestic applicants, i.e. US citizens and permanent residents and $125 for international applicants) Upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended since high [...]

2611, 2018

Dr. David Mobley Helps Spearhead New Open Force Field Consortium

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Faculty, News, Research|Tags: , , , , |

Dr. DAVID MOBLEY HELPS SPEARHEAD NEW OPEN FORCE FIELD CONSORTIUM Dr. David Mobley was recently involved in the launch of a new pharma-funded research initiative with the Molecular Software Sciences Institute (“The MolSSI”). Mobley was one of two academics spearheading the new Open Force Field Consortium. The Consortium was designed to bring together researchers from both academia and the industry to collaborate and improve computer models used to guide pharmaceutical [...]

2210, 2018

Open position for tenured professor

By |October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Faculty|

Our department invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the Associate to Full Professor level in drug discovery. We seek a Ph.D.-level scientist who will establish a vigorous research program in drug discovery, broadly defined. The candidate should also be committed to teach medicinal chemistry and related topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or a related field. Preference [...]

1009, 2018

Open position for Assistant Professor

By |September 10th, 2018|Categories: Faculty|

Our department invites applications for a position at the level of tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR. We seek outstanding candidates with expertise in chemoproteomics applied to drug discovery research. Applicants employing chemoproteomics specifically to profile activities in living cells, to identify targets for drug development, or to optimize the actions of existing drugs are preferred. Additional consideration will be given to applicants developing small-molecule probes to interrogate and control cancer metabolism. Applicants [...]

2806, 2018

Spotlight on PhD graduate Eric Samuels

By |June 28th, 2018|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , |

Spotlight on PhD graduate Eric Samuels This academic year, five of our PhD students defended their dissertations and are moving to the next stage of their careers post-UCI. Each individual’s journey through graduate school is different, so we asked our students to reflect on their time here and how it has prepared them for life after grad school. Eric Samuels from the Poulos Lab shares how his time at UCI [...]

2706, 2018

Spotlight on Miles Kubota: RNA Chemical Biologist, soon to be PhD graduate, & Judo Green Belt

By |June 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Spotlight on Miles Kubota: RNA Chemical Biologist, soon to be PhD graduate, & Judo Green Belt This academic year, five of our PhD students defended their dissertations and are moving to the next stage of their careers post-UCI. Each individual’s journey through graduate school is different, so we asked our students to reflect on their time here and how it has prepared them for life after grad school. Miles Kubota, [...]

2606, 2018

Undergraduate student Mareena Biju awarded UROP fellowship

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , , |

Undergraduate student Mareena Biju awarded UROP fellowship Mareena Biju, a 3rd year PharmSci major, has been awarded a UROP research grant to better understand the selectivity in cell specific labeling of RNA. The grant was awarded through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at UCI which provides funding in support of UCI faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative projects. “I applied to UROP as it provides support to undergraduate researchers through funding, [...]

2006, 2018

PhD Candidate Nathan Lim awarded 2018 MoISSI Software Fellowship

By |June 20th, 2018|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: |

PhD Candidate Nathan Lim awarded 2018 MoISSI Software Fellowship PhD Candidate Nathan Lim has been awarded a Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) Software Fellowship! Out of 50 applicants, 10 were selected to receive six months of support for their research; Nathan was the only recipient from UCI. The Molecular Sciences Software Institute serves as a nexus for science, education, and cooperation serving the worldwide community of computational molecular scientists. The [...]

1306, 2018

Professor Mahtab Jafari honored at UCSF Campaign Alumni Awards

By |June 13th, 2018|Categories: Faculty, News|Tags: , , , , |

  Professor Mahtab Jafari honored at UCSF Campaign Alumni Awards Professor Mahtab Jafari (UCSF, PharmD, '94) was honored last weekend at the UCSF Campaign Alumni Awards . This inaugural ceremony named 12 outstanding UCSF alumni whose work has contributed to solving medical challenges, training future leaders, and healing others. Professor Jafari is our founding faculty member and was recruited to start a new undergraduate major in pharmaceutical sciences over a [...]

3105, 2018

Dominique Ingato selected to be student speaker at 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: News, Students|Tags: , , , , |

Dominique Ingato selected to be student speaker at 2018 Graduate Hooding Ceremony Doctoral Candidate Dominique Ingato from Dr. Young Jik Kwon’s BioTherapeutics (BioTel) Engineering Lab has been selected to be the speaker at this year’s Graduate Hooding Ceremony to take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Bren Events Center. This is a great honor as only one UCI student is selected each year. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania [...]

1805, 2018

Jessica Kemp receives 2018 Chancellor’s Club Fellowship

By |May 18th, 2018|Categories: Faculty, News, Students|Tags: , , , , |

Jessica Kemp receives 2018 Chancellor's Club Fellowship At a ceremony held on May 17, Jessica Kemp, Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD student, received one of the 2018 Chancellor’s Club Fellowships. These awards recognize UCI's most academically superior doctoral students - those who exhibit outstanding promise as scholars, researchers and public leaders and are first-generation students. "I have known Jessica since 2012 when she was invited for an interview in a process of admitting [...]

805, 2018

June 17 commencement marks 10-year anniversary of the UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

By |May 8th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

June 17 commencement marks 10-year anniversary of the UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences The UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold its Spring 2018 commencement ceremony at 12:30 PM at the Bren Events Center. The ceremony marks a decade of excellence for the department. “At our first commencement ceremony we graduated seven students from our undergraduate major and we did not yet have a PhD program,” recalls Mahtab Jafari, Professor [...]

3004, 2018

American Association for Cancer Research-Aflac Inc. awards $100,000 to UCI cancer biologist Claudia Benavente

By |April 30th, 2018|Categories: Faculty, Giving, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Claudia Benavente, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and developmental & cell biology, was awarded a $100,000 grant through the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

2504, 2018

Who should apply to our post-bac program in pharmaceutical sciences?

By |April 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Who should apply to our post-bac program in pharmaceutical sciences? So you’re thinking of applying to UCI’s Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, but aren’t sure if it’s the right program for you. Enrolling in a post-bac program is not an easy decision, as it will take time, energy, commitment, and resources. You will want to make sure that this is the right program for you and that it fits your [...]

1104, 2018

Anjelica Cardenas awarded Ford Foundation 2018 Predoctoral Fellowship Award

By |April 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Anjelica Cardenas awarded Ford Foundation 2018 Predoctoral Fellowship Award PhD student Anjelica Cardenas from the Lotfipour Lab has received the prestigious Ford Foundation 2018 Predoctoral Fellowship Award. This fellowship is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the Fellowships Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing [...]

904, 2018

PhD student Noora Siddiqui awarded Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

By |April 9th, 2018|Categories: News, Students|Tags: , , , |

PhD student Noora Siddiqui awarded Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship First year PhD student Noora Siddiqui has been awarded the prestigious Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Established in 1991, the DOE CSGF provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. The program fosters a community of energetic and committed [...]

504, 2018

Lynnette Jackson receives National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award

By |April 5th, 2018|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Lynnette Jackson receives National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award Undergraduate student Lynnette Jackson from the Chaput Lab has received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) Award. The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. For the 2018 competition, NSF received over 12,000 applications, [...]

1303, 2018

Year 1 in the MCP Program at UCI: Noora Siddiqui

By |March 13th, 2018|Categories: News, Students|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Year 1 in the MCP Program at UCI: Noora Siddiqui First year PhD student Noora Siddiqui shares her experience in the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology program at UCI so far. Why did you decide to go to UCI for grad school? I loved the program, I was excited about the research, and I truly appreciated the vibrant campus community!   Which labs have you rotated through so far? My first [...]

503, 2018

Student Spotlight: Jasmin Arabit, Class of 2018

By |March 5th, 2018|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Student Spotlight: Jasmin Arabit, Class of 2018 Learn more about the involvements, accomplishments, and aspirations of our outstanding undergraduate students Why did you decide to major in PharmSci at UCI? In high school, I was very much interested in the how and why of things. The major combined my love for science and people. I was also pre-pharmacy at the time and thought the major would provide me with a [...]

203, 2018

Study Tips and Techniques

By |March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Study Tips and Techniques We've put together this guide to optimize the study routines of new students at UCI and increase academic performance. Every class is different so students should tailor the guide to meet their needs as the quarter progresses. Standard Study Routine In Early/ Out Late: Come to campus in the morning before your class. Instead of going home after class, stay at the library until dark. Attend [...]

203, 2018

Student Spotlight: Michelle Kalu, Class of 2018

By |March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , , |

Student Spotlight: Michelle Kalu, Class of 2018 Learn more about the involvements, accomplishments, and aspirations of our outstanding undergraduate students Why did you decide to major in PharmSci at UCI? I came to UCI knowing that I wanted to learn about how drugs interact with the body to cure diseases. I wanted to learn the science behind pharmaceuticals and various diseases, and also how different school subjects work together to [...]

203, 2018

Aude Segaliny receives Tom Angell Fellowship Award

By |March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Event, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Aude Segaliny receives Tom Angell Fellowship Award On February 27, Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Aude Segaliny from the Zhao Lab received the Tom Angell Fellowship Award at the annual Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence Ceremony at UCI. This prestigious award honors Tom Angell — a longtime UCI graduate counselor—by recognizing graduate students, faculty, and post-doctoral scholars who have demonstrated excellent mentorship to UCI students. "There is not a single formula for [...]

702, 2018

PharmSci hosts first annual Town Hall meeting

By |February 7th, 2018|Categories: News, Students|Tags: , , , , |

PharmSci hosts first annual Town Hall meeting PharmSci Student Council President, Brian Chen On January 31, the UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted its first annual Town Hall meeting. "We asked our faculty, staff, and students to participate in a Town Hall because we wanted to provide a forum for students to ask questions, give suggestions, and share ideas," explains PharmSci Student Council President, Brian Chen. Students were [...]

1901, 2018

UCI lands $1 million grant from Keck Foundation to develop new RNA tools

By |January 19th, 2018|Categories: Faculty, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Robert Spitale, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and John Chaput, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, and molecular biology & biochemistry, are recipients of a $1 million grant from Keck Foundation to develop new RNA tools.

1701, 2018

Communications Coordinator Michelle Mar featured on KUCI: Building the PharmSci Social Media from Ground Zero

By |January 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Communications Coordinator Michelle Mar featured on KUCI: Building the PharmSci Social Media from Ground Zero On January 10, 2018, PharmSci Communications Coordinator, Michelle Mar, served as a guest on KUCI‘s (88.9 FM) program, Get Notified, a live radio talk show that delivers highly valuable information on current marketing & communications trends and strategies. Michelle sat down with host Ryan Foland to reflect on her one year anniversary with the department, which also happens to [...]

1512, 2017

David Mobley launches Living Journal of Computational Molecular Science

By |December 15th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News|Tags: , , , , |

David Mobley launches Living Journal of Computational Molecular Science PharmSci Professor David L. Mobley, in collaboration with Michael R. Shirts from the University of Colorado, Boulder and Daniel M. Zuckerman from the Oregon Health & Science University, have launched the Living Journal of Computational Molecular Science Journal (LiveCoMS), a peer-reviewed, open-access journal seeking to bring publication of educational, review, and best practices materials into the modern age. The journal's goal is to [...]

1412, 2017

Mobley Lab Grad Student Caitlin C. Bannan Receives NSF MolSSI Software Fellowship

By |December 14th, 2017|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , , , , , |

Mobley Lab Grad Student Caitlin C. Bannan Receives NSF MolSSI Software Fellowship PhD Candidate Caitlin C. Bannan from the Mobley Lab received a 2018 Phase-I Software Fellowship for the development of an open source tool using Bayesian inference to automatically sample chemical perception for parameterization of molecular mechanics force fields. The award was granted by the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI), a nexus for science, education, and cooperation serving the worldwide community of computational molecular [...]

112, 2017

Stephanie Wu presents at Cancer Research in Progress Talk

By |December 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stephanie Wu presents at Cancer Research in Progress Talk PhD Candidate Stephanie Wu from the Benavente Lab presented at the 2nd annual Cancer Research-in-Progress Talk for the UCI Cancer Research Institute (CRI), an organized research unit at UCI comprised of 49 faculty affiliates from the UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and departments in the Schools of Biological Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Physical Sciences. The unit supports faculty research, organizes cancer related training, and [...]

2011, 2017

What to ask a pharmacist during an informational interview

By |November 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What to ask a pharmacist during an informational interview One of the best ways to learn more about the field of pharmacy is to speak to pharmacists about their professional experience. The goal of the informational interview is to learn more about an individual's professional/academic background, job responsibilities, career path, or their thoughts about working at a particular organization/company. The insight you gain from an informational interview will help you [...]

911, 2017

How to register and schedule for the PCAT

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , , , , |

How to register and schedule for the PCAT The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. The exam measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT is required by a majority of out of state pharmacy schools; however, currently only two California schools, UCSF and Chapman, require it (keep in mind this may change). [...]

911, 2017

Who should write my letter of recommendation for pharmacy school?

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: Students, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Who should write my letter of recommendation for pharmacy school? Most Pharmacy Schools will require two to three letters of recommendations with at least one letter coming from a science faculty member and one from a health care provider (e.g. a pharmacist). Sometimes an optional letter may be provided by a supervisor, advisor, or volunteer coordinator. A good letter writer will possess some or all of the following qualities: Has known [...]

911, 2017

Remembering PharmSci Student Mira Sanghera

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: News, Students|Tags: , , , |

Remembering PharmSci Student Mira Sanghera On October 11, 2017, PharmSci undergraduate student Mira Sanghera was involved in a fatal pedestrian accident on campus. Mira was a 3rd year PharmSci major and was part of the Campuswide Honors Program. She was a peer tutor for the Chemistry department and a Peers under Pharmaceutical Sciences intern. Mira participated in UROP under the mentorship of Professor Andrej Luptak, and was involved in honors [...]

2710, 2017

How to apply to our Post-Bac Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences

By |October 27th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How to apply to our Post-Bac Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences UCI's Post-baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences is designed for individuals whose undergraduate degree is not in pharmaceutical sciences and are: Seeking to strengthen their application to competitive graduate programs; or Seeking entry in a career related to pharmaceutical sciences or biotechnology Applications are accepted year around and are typically due during the summer before the academic year starts in the [...]

2610, 2017

Spotlight on Professor Sam Schriner

By |October 26th, 2017|Categories: Faculty|Tags: , , , |

Spotlight on Professor Sam Schriner What do you enjoy most about your work/teaching students at UCI? I very much enjoy explaining things to others and talking about science in general. I also learn a lot teaching. In every class, there is at least one student that asks a question for which I have no idea what the answer is. I will always try to figure it out, so if I’m [...]

1910, 2017

Meet our new Peer Academic Advisors

By |October 19th, 2017|Categories: Students, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Meet our new Peer Academic Advisors We are pleased to introduce our new Peer Academic Advisors (PAAs): Alex, Brian, and Dariush. Our PAAs are here to help you plan out a successful career at UCI. As PharmSci majors themselves, our PAAs have experienced the challenges of selecting classes, managing time, and setting career goals. They have undergone a rigorous quarter long training followed by continued bi-monthly training throughout the academic year. [...]

910, 2017

Pew Innovation Fund awards $200,000 to UCI biochemist Andrej Luptak

By |October 9th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News, Research|Tags: , , , |

Andrej Luptak, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, was awarded a $200,000 grant through the Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2017 Pew Innovation Fund.

610, 2017

Meet Brenda Tran, our newest Student Affairs Officer

By |October 6th, 2017|Categories: News, Students|Tags: , , , |

Meet Brenda Tran, our newest Student Affairs Officer   We are pleased to introduce our newest Student Affairs Officer, Brenda Tran. Brenda is from Alhambra, CA and graduated from UCI in 2017 with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Management. Brenda is available to assist students in our Student Affairs Office (Steinhaus Hall 209) Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. "Serving as a mentor [...]

2709, 2017

Mahtab Jafari: Reach for the Moon and Land on it

By |September 27th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Mahtab Jafari: Reach for the Moon and Land on it As part of the Iranian Americans’ Contributions Project (IACP), a series of interviews that explore the personal and professional backgrounds of prominent Iranian-Americans, the Huffington Post has written a feature on Professor Mahtab Jafari, our founding faculty member, that explores her personal and professional achievements in science. CLICK HERE to read the full article About Mahtab Jafari Professor Mahtab Jafari [...]

1509, 2017

Spotlight on Milad Riazifar

By |September 15th, 2017|Categories: Alumni, News, Research, Students, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Spotlight on Milad Riazifar PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences Zhao Lab Milad Riazifar graduated from the UCI Pharmacological Sciences PhD Program in 2017. He is currently a scientist at the City of Hope Department of Cellular Therapeutics and will be involved in the first US clinical trials using stem cell exosomes. Tell us about the research you are currently working on. In my project, we tested the hypothesis that stem cell-derived exosomes can be [...]

3108, 2017

Spotlight on Samantha Beasley, PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences

By |August 31st, 2017|Categories: Research, Students|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Spotlight on Samantha Beasley PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences Spitale Lab Tell us about the research you are currently working on. My research project is to develop a novel tool for specifically labeling the transcriptome of a tumor in a mouse model. This will allow for in vivo monitoring of gene expression patterns of the tumor. With that, I've synthesized two probes, working on a third, and have begun preliminary [...]

2908, 2017

Zhao Lab awarded two prestigious grants to combat cancer

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |

Weian Zhao, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has received two grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs to develop cancer tissue-sensing, engineered immune-system T cells (called CAR-T) to treat breast and colon cancer metastases, respectively. “Solid tumor metastasis has extremely low long-term survival rate and is currently responsible for over 90% of cancer deaths,” says Zhao. “Recently, T cells bearing [...]

2508, 2017

Spotlight on Victoria Lim, NSF Graduate Research Fellow

By |August 25th, 2017|Categories: Research, Students|Tags: , , , , , , |

Spotlight on Victoria Lim NSF Graduate Research Fellow Mobley Lab Tell us about the research you are currently working on. Proteins are tiny molecular machines in our body that are responsible for almost everything we do. When they malfunction, this can lead to diseases. I study a protein called Hv1, whose main role is to selectively allow protons to leave the cell. Hv1 overactivity is linked to maladies such as [...]

1708, 2017

Alumni Spotlight on Eric Viquez

By |August 17th, 2017|Categories: Alumni|Tags: , , |

Alumni Spotlight on Eric Viquez, Class of 2015 Tell us where you are now and what you are doing. I'm living in Denver, CO and am a second year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. What do you find exciting in pharmaceutical sciences today? Immunotherapy - training your own cells to fight against cancer! Why did you choose to major in PharmSci at UCI? I felt [...]

1108, 2017

How do I prepare for pharmacy school during my gap year?

By |August 11th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , , |

How do I prepare for pharmacy school during my gap year? More and more students are deciding to take a gap year after they graduate from college to prepare for pharmacy school. While some students who graduate from college go directly into a PharmD program, others are taking time to regroup and prepare for the commitment to pharmacy school. If used strategically, a gap year can be a great opportunity [...]

1108, 2017

What can I do with a pharmaceutical sciences major?

By |August 11th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , , |

What can I do with a pharmaceutical sciences major? The pharmaceutical sciences is a dynamic and rapidly changing field that combines a broad range of scientific disciplines critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. Everyday, pharmaceutical scientists are improving our society’s health and wellbeing in health care, academia, research, and government. The pharmaceutical sciences can be broadly classified into the following main categories: Drug discovery & [...]

1108, 2017

I didn’t get into Pharmacy School, now what?

By |August 11th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , |

I didn't get into Pharmacy School, now what? You followed all the directions for applying to pharmacy school. You prepared for the PCAT, obtained excellent letters of recommendation, got good grades, but things just didn't pan out the way you envisioned. You had your hopes set on pharmacy school, but that dream didn’t materialize and now you are not sure what your next steps are. So what do you do [...]

1108, 2017

What is a PharmD?

By |August 11th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , , |

What is a PharmD? A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is a professional doctorate degree needed to become a pharmacist. After obtaining a PharmD degree and passing the proper licensure examinations you can practice pharmacy in the US. How long is a PharmD program? A PharmD program is generally four years long. Typically, students interested in becoming a pharmacist take two years of undergraduate prerequisite courses then apply to pharmacy school. [...]

1108, 2017

Will a post-bac program help me get into pharmacy school?

By |August 11th, 2017|Categories: Students, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Will a post-bac program help me get into pharmacy school? You may have heard a post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program will help strengthen your application to pharmacy school. Here are some questions we can answer that will help you determine if enrolling in a post-bac program is the right decision for you. What is a post-bac program? A post-bac program is designed to support the transition to professional school, and is reserved [...]

408, 2017

High school students intern in cancer labs during the summer

By |August 4th, 2017|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , , , |

High school students intern in cancer labs during the summer The UCI Cancer Research Institute Youth Science Fellowship Program sponsors a select group of high school students to work in a Cancer Research Lab for 6 weeks during the summer. The overall goal of the program is to build the pipeline for the next generation of cancer researchers. A handful of high school students interned in a variety of PharmSci [...]

2607, 2017

UCI stem cell therapy attacks cancer by targeting unique tissue stiffness

By |July 26th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News, Research|Tags: , , , , |

Weian Zhao, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and colleagues have programmed human bone marrow stem cells to identify the unique physical properties of cancerous tissue.

2007, 2017

How to get into pharmacy school

By |July 20th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , , , |

How to get into pharmacy school Pharmacy schools are competitive. We mean, really competitive. Choosing to become a pharmacist is a big decision that requires a substantial amount of time, energy, and preparation. Before deciding to apply to pharmacy school, you should conduct as much research as you can to ensure this profession is a great fit for you. Currently, UCI is the #1 feeder program for pharmacy schools nationwide, [...]

2007, 2017

How to apply to pharmacy school

By |July 20th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , , , , |

How to apply to pharmacy school Applying to pharmacy school can be a daunting and sometimes confusing process. The key is to start early, do your research, and plan ahead. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand the application requirements and to better prepare you for the application process. This checklist is intended to be used as a guide, so be sure to check the admission requirements of [...]

1907, 2017

PharmSci Spotlight: Victor Pham, PhD Candidate & NSF Fellow

By |July 19th, 2017|Categories: Research, Students|Tags: , , |

Victor Pham PhD Candidate & NSF Fellow Zi Lab     Tell us about the research you are currently working on. The recurrence of anti-androgen (AA) therapy prostate cancer (PCa) is a big problem in the clinic. There are many mechanisms that are involved in the development of AA-resistant PCa, one of which is the aberrant splicing of the Androgen Receptor (AR). My PI and I aim to understand that [...]

1907, 2017

Chantel Tran accepted into Allergan Undergraduate Fellowship Program

By |July 19th, 2017|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , |

UCI senior Chantel Tran has been accepted into Allergan's Undergraduate Fellowship Program for Summer 2017. Chantel's proposed research project is structural studies that probe the mechanism of unnatural nucleotide replication in engineered DNA polymerases. Chantel will be working closely and under the guidance of Nicholas Chim, Facilities Manager in the Chaput Lab. Chantel's research will help the Chaput Lab look further into TNA polmerases and their activities. Her research findings will [...]

1907, 2017

Lynnette Jackson awarded two research fellowships

By |July 19th, 2017|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , , , , |

Congratulations to UCI senior Lynnette Jackson on her award in the UCI Minority Science Program (MSP)  as well as her award as a Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar. Both fellowships are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and will support her research on the mechanism of unnatural nucleotide replication in engineered DNA polymerases in the Chaput Lab. About the MSP Program The MSP program seeks to [...]

1107, 2017

Professor Rob Spitale named 2017 Pew Scholar

By |July 11th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News, Research, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Robert Spitale is among 22 individuals nationwide named 2017 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences, one of the highest honors for early-career researchers. Spitale will receive $240,000 over the next four years from the Pew Charitable Trusts to develop powerful new tools for visualizing the production, localization and structure of RNA molecules within different living cell types. “RNAs are becoming increasingly recognized for their role in regulating [...]

206, 2017

PharmSci Spotlight: Eric Samuels, PhD Candidate

By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , , , , , , |

 PharmSci Spotlight: Eric Samuels, PhD Candidate Our PharmSci Spotlight highlights individuals in our department who are making a difference in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. Tell us about the research you are currently working on. I work in the Poulos Lab. In short, I am designing and developing CYP3A4 inhibitors as pharmacoenhancers.  What does this mean?  Well, there is an enzyme found in the liver and intestines known as Cytochrome P450 3A4.  [...]

206, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Hays, Class of 2013

By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Alumni, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Hays, Class of 2013 Learn what our PharmSci Alumni Ryan Hays is up to and where his educational journey has taken him Why did you decide to major in PharmSci at UCI? I initially came into UC Irvine majoring in chemistry with the focus of pursuing pharmacy as a future career. It wasn’t until my 2nd year at UCI when I found out about the Pharmaceutical Sciences program and decided [...]

2505, 2017

Student Spotlight: Martha Ramos, Class of 2017

By |May 25th, 2017|Categories: News, Students|Tags: , , |

Student Spotlight: Martha Ramos, Class of 2017 Learn more about the involvements, accomplishments, and aspirations of our outstanding undergraduate students Why did you decide to major in PharmSci at UCI? When I noticed the high demand for Spanish speaking medical professionals in my community, that's when I decided to major in a medical related field. I always had an interest in helping others. Why I chose pharmaceutical sciences specifically came [...]

1805, 2017

Student Spotlight: Miranda Helus, Class of 2017

By |May 18th, 2017|Categories: Students|Tags: , |

Student Spotlight: Miranda Helus, Class of 2017 Learn more about the involvements, accomplishments, and aspirations of our outstanding undergraduate students Why did you decide to major in PharmSci at UCI? I wanted to major in PharmSci because I've always loved helping others, and I felt that healthcare/medicine would allow me to do just that! What clubs/activities are you involved in at UCI? I am a member of the Pre-Pharmacy Society [...]

1105, 2017

Student Spotlight: Siyu Liu, Class of 2018

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Students, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Student Spotlight: Siyu Liu, Class of 2018 Learn more about the involvements, accomplishments, and aspirations of our outstanding undergraduate students Why did you decide to major in PharmSci at UCI? When I was at high school, I thought about being a pharmacist. However, I wasn't 100% sure about that, so I hope this major will help me to figure out my passion. What clubs/activities are you involved in at UCI? [...]

905, 2017

$1.25 million gift will fund research for cancer therapy and regenerative medicine

By |May 9th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, Giving, News, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A $1.25 million gift from Pharma Research Products Co., Ltd. will fund pharmaceutical biomaterials research in Professor Young Jik Kwon’s BioTherapeutics Engineering Laboratory (BioTEL) in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCI. BioTEL has been exploring innovative methods for efficient and safe delivery of therapeutic molecules such as drugs, nucleic acids, and proteins. With this funding, Kwon hopes to develop novel DNA-based nano-scale biomaterials for the treatment of cancers and [...]

405, 2017

Student Spotlight: Joseph Castro, Class of 2017

By |May 4th, 2017|Categories: News, Students|Tags: , , |

Student Spotlight: Joseph Castro, Class of 2017 Learn more about the involvements, accomplishments, and aspirations of our outstanding undergraduate students Why did you decide to major in PharmSci at UCI? Before coming into UCI, I attended Medical Camp at Children's Hospital LA. When shadowing a pediatric pharmacist, I was amazed on how there were different kinds of medications in all different forms & I admired how the pharmacist was able [...]

1904, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Kristin Ignacio, Class of 2015

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Alumni, News|Tags: , , |

Alumni Spotlight: Kristin Ignacio, Class of 2015 Learn what our PharmSci Alumni Kristin Ignacio is up to and where her educational journey has taken her Tell us where you are now. I am a student at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. When I applied and interviewed, I had no idea if there was even a slight chance or possibility of getting accepted. The feeling of getting accepted was great, but the [...]

1904, 2017

Graduate Student Tuan Samdin receives Honorable Mention from Ford Foundation Fellowship

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , |

Graduate student Tuan Samdin received an Honorable Mention from the 2017 pre-doctoral competition of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program. Congratulations Tuan! About Tuan Samdin Tuan was raised in the high deserts of Palmdale, CA where the average temperature in the summer was rarely below 90ºF. He attended UCB for the opportunity to explore his fascination with proteins and to experience a climate with fewer similarities to the Martian surface. While at Berkeley, [...]

1904, 2017

Professor Sam Schriner receives Dean’s Honoree Award

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Faculty|Tags: , , |

Congratulations to Professor Sam Schriner on receiving the Dean's Honoree Award from the 2017 Celebration of Teaching Awards. About the Celebration of Teaching Founded in 1992, the Celebration of Teaching honors outstanding instructors. at UCI. To date over 300 professors, lecturers, and TAs have been recognized by their colleagues and students for exemplary teaching.

1904, 2017

Spitale Lab awarded Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine Grant Award

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News, Research|Tags: , , , , |

The Spitale Lab has been awarded the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine Grant Award. The award will support a pilot project to understand RNA synthesis in transplanted neuronal stem cells, once transplanted inside the living mouse brain. Their goal is to understand how RNA expression changes help transplanted cells fight neuronal inflammation and reduction in cognitive activity. This award stands on the shoulders of [...]

1704, 2017

UCI’s 3rd annual RNA Symposium

By |April 17th, 2017|Categories: Event, Faculty, News, Research, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Over 100 guests joined us on April 14, 2017 for UCI's 3rd annual RNA Symposium. Organized by UCI PharmSci Professor Rob Spitale, the day featured renowned speakers, researchers, and professors. We would like to thank our speakers, sponsors, and guests for making our event a success! Thank you to our speakers: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anna Pyle, Yale Dr. Gene Yeo, UCSD Dr. Long Cai, Caltech Dr. Yi Xing, UCLA Dr. [...]

604, 2017

UCI Giving Day

By |April 6th, 2017|Categories: Alumni, Event, Giving|Tags: , , , , |

When everybody gives, we all gain On Wednesday, April 12, UCI will participate in our inaugural Giving Day campaign. Giving Day is an exciting, 24-hour online fundraising campaign supporting your area of interest at UCI. On this day, we ask that you as alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and members of the Anteater family, consider giving back to UCI. CLICK HERE to give today!

604, 2017

Alumni Spotlight on Tiffany Jomoc, Class of 2014

By |April 6th, 2017|Categories: Alumni, News|Tags: , , , |

Alumni Spotlight on Tiffany Jomoc, Class of 2014 Learn what our PharmSci Alumni Tiffany Jomoc is up to and where her educational journey has taken her Tell us where you are now. I am currently a second year pharmacy student at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. I am very involved in leadership (Class of 2018 Secretary, member of Phi Delta Chi professional fraternity, Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society, APhA-ASP Professional [...]

304, 2017

2017 RNA Symposium

By |April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Event, Faculty, News, Research, Students|Tags: , , , , |

UCI's 3rd annual RNA Symposium The UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the UCI Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics are proud to present UCI's 3rd annual RNA Symposium. Join us for a day of presentations by renowned faculty, researchers, and professors from Yale, Caltech, UCLA, UCSD, and more.  A continental breakfast, lunch, and reception are included. April 14, 2017 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Calit2 Auditorium CLICK HERE to register   Keynote [...]

3003, 2017

Graduate student Victor Pham receives NSF Graduate Fellowship

By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: News, Research, Students|Tags: , , , |

Graduate student Victor Pham receives NSF Graduate Fellowship Victor Pham, a graduate student in Professor Xiaolin Zi's lab, was selected for the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship which will provide funding for up to three years of doctoral education. Victor's project, "Small nucleolar RNA and resistance to anti-androgen therapy," is to investigate molecular mechanisms of small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) in regulation of androgen receptor splicing leading to resistance to anti-androgen therapy. Anti-androgens [...]

2903, 2017

Professor Tom Poulos receives UCI Distinguished Professor title

By |March 29th, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News|Tags: , , |

Professor Tom Poulos receives UCI Distinguished Professor title Professor Tom Poulos has been awarded the title of UCI Distinguished Professor, effective January 1, 2017. This title is the most prestigious campus-level academic distinction and is reserved for "senior faculty who have achieved the highest levels of scholarship over the course of their careers." Professor Poulos is renowned for his studies of the structural biology and biochemistry of metalloenzymes. Congratulations Professor [...]

303, 2017

Professors Steve Hanessian and Aimee Edinger found company to combat cancer

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Faculty, News|

UCI PharmSci Professor Steve Hanessian and UCI Developmental and Cell Biology Professor Aimee Edinger have co-founded a new company, Obsidio Therapeutics Inc, to combat cancer. Obsidio in Latin means "siege" or "blocade" and reflects the mission of the company to block the entry of nutrients into cancer cells, starving them to death while sparing normal tissues.

103, 2017

Graduate students present at 2017 Vertex Day

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Event, Research, Students|

UCI Chemistry & PharmSci graduate students & postdocs On February 9, over 40 guests joined us for Vertex Day, a research symposium featuring graduate students and postdocs from the departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry. As part of the Vertex Day tradition, a student, William Howitz, was selected as this year's Vertex Scholar.   About Vertex Day Vertex Day at UCI is a one-day annual event made possible courtesy of Vertex [...]

103, 2017

2017 Vertex Lecture features Professor Scott Denmark from the University of Chicago

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Event, Faculty, Research, Uncategorized|

Professor Scott Denmark (left); Professor Stephen Hanessian (right) Professor Scott Denmark from the University of Chicago joined us for this year's Vertex Lecture to present his talk: "So you think you know the mechanism of the Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling Reaction." About Professor Denmark Professor Denmark obtained an S.B. degree from MIT (1975). His graduate studies were carried out at the ETH-Zürich, culminating in a D.Sc. Tech degree (1980). That same year [...]

1602, 2017

Graduate student Caitlin Bannan wins prestigious awards

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: News, Students|

Please join us in congratulating Caitlin Bannan from the Mobley Lab at UCI, who recently won the following prestigious awards: Penny J. Gilmer Grant for Women Graduate Students and Post-docs from OpenEye Scientific Software and the WCC Merck Research Award from the American Chemical Society. About Caitlin Bannan Caitlin joined the Mobley Lab in Winter 2015. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington (UW) in 2012. At UW she worked [...]

1603, 2016

What do successful grads think you should study?

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: University News|

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1503, 2016

Former student discusses success in the fashion industry

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: University News|

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1503, 2016

How do you best prepare for university?

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: University News|

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