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2nd AAPS/DDDI Regional Meeting- AUG 4th

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists/Drug Discovery and Development Interface Section (AAPS/DDDI) will host it’s second regional meeting at UMB Pharmacy Hall on Aug. 4.

Formulation support in drug discovery
Early phase drug development and population PK
Transforming skillsets in early development to meet the changing NCE/NBE landscape in discovery space
Academic collaboration and preparing for the discovery support role in industry

Please see the detailed agenda for more info.


2016 AAPS Annual Meeting in Denver, CO (November 13-17)

  • AAPS Alumni and Friends Reception in Denver, Nov. 14th, 7-9 pm.
  • 19 poster presentations from the UMB AAPS Chapter members
  • Congratulations to following chapter members for receiving awards from AAPS:

William Hedrich, PhD Candidate in Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UMB


PPDM Travelship

“Administration of Methadone and oxycodone Alters the Expression of Drug Metabolizing Enzymes and Transporters Affecting the Disposition of Cocaine”

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Hazem Hassan & Dr. Hongbing Wang


James Andorko, PhD Candidate in Department of Bioengineering, UMCP

PPB Travelship; AAPS Foundation Graduate Student Fellow

“Impact of Intranodal Deposition of Degradable Polymer Depots on Local and Systemic Immunity”

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christopher Jewell


Soo Hyeon Shin, PhD Candidate in Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UMB


Dermatopharmaceutics Travelship

“In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Three Fentanyl Transdermal Delivery Systems in Conjunction with Transient Heat Exposure”

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Hazem Hassan & Dr. Audra Stinchcomb


Heather Boyce, PhD Candidate in Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UMB


FDD Travelship

“Use of a Vertical Diffusion Cell for the In Vitro Assessment of Abuse Deterrence of Comminuted Abuse Deterrent Formulations”

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Hoag


Bowen Jiang, PhD Candidate in Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UMB

BIOTECH Travelship

“Spray Layering of Human Immunoglobulin G: Understanding the Effects of Formulation and Process Variables”

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Hoag


Congratulations to 2016 AAPS Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship winner:

Mohd M. Khan
PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences
2016 AAPS Foundation Graduate Student FellowMohsinKhan

AAPS Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Award recognizes recipient’s academic excellence and novelty of the proposed research in the discovery, development, and manufacture of drugs.
Research project: Anti-Sepsis Therapeutics Design using Structure/Function Relationship” under the mentorship of eminent mass spectrometrist and Isaac E. Emerson Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prof. Dave Goodlett, at the UMB School of Pharmacy. Khan’s project spans structural biology, mass spectrometry, microbiology, and immunology to solve decades old problem: why earlier designed anti-sepsis therapeutics failed in treating septic shock and how structure/function of receptor-endotoxin dynamics could be exploited in designing anti-sepsis therapeutics.

Check out this article from UMB SOP blog on the AAPS outreach event:


Award and Travelship Recipients 2015
Congratulations to our 2015 AAPS member award recipients. Make sure to congratulate them!
Check out other opportunities for Awards and Travelships HERE

Soundarya Vaithianathan
International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC) Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship Award – 2015
Awarded to acknowledge excellence in research conducted at the graduate level in the field of excipients.
Research Title: Determination of Maximum Excipient Amount for BCS Class 3 Biowaivers


Tanvi Desphande

Tanvi Desphande

Tanvi Deshpande
AstraZeneca Travelship Award
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephen W. Hoag


Abdulafeez Oluyadi

Abdulafeez Oluyadi

Abdulafeez Ayodeji Oluyadi
2015 AAPS Foundation – AFPE Gateway Scholar Recipient

Research Project: Characterization of the RNA recognition properties of Cleavage and
Polyadenylation Specificity Factor 30 (CPSF30): A Novel Drug Target for Carcinoma.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah L. J. Michele
My project will focus on elucidating the molecular basis of the interaction
between Cleavage and Polyadenylation Specificity Factor (CPSF – a protein involved in
RNA processing) and its RNA targets. The first phase of the project will involve
identifying potential RNA targets of CPSF30 and determining their structures using insilico
and in-vitro approaches, while the second phase will comprise investigating how
the interaction between CPSF30 and its RNA targets occurs.


Lija Chen

Lija Chen

Lijia Chen
2015 AAPS Graduate Student Research Award in Drug Discovery and Development Interface

This award is designed to recognized excellence in graduate education in the fields of Drug Discovery and Development Interface
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven Fletcher
Research Project: Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Potent and Selective Mcl-1 Inhibitors