UF Pharmacy hosts its 32nd Annual Research Showcase

Thomas Cirino won top honors in the Senior/Millard Division of the oral competition. He is pictured here with Dean Julie Johnson and William Millard, emeritus faculty in the College of Pharmacy.
Thomas Cirino won top honors in the Millard Basic Science oral competition. He is pictured here with Dean Julie Johnson and William Millard, emeritus faculty in the College of Pharmacy.

The UF College of Pharmacy’s 32nd Annual Research Showcase continued the college’s successful tradition of discovery and collaboration, featuring 81 poster presentations, nine oral competition finalists and one enlightening keynote presentation from Stanford University’s Russ B. Altman, M.D., Ph.D.

Pharm.D. students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows had the opportunity to share research findings and compete for awards in either oral or poster competitions. The showcase gave faculty and students the opportunity to come together, identify common ideas and explore collaborations.

Keynote speaker Altman, a professor of bioengineering, genetics, medicine and biomedical data science at Stanford University, gave an address titled, “Informatics to Understand Drug Response.”

Altman’s presentation covered his key primary research interests, including the application of computing and informatics technologies to problems relevant to medicine. He is particularly interested in methods for understanding drug action at molecular, cellular, organism and population levels. He helps lead an FDA supported Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation.


Oral presentation winners

Daniel Schultz presentationJunior Competition

Daniel Schultz, Medicinal Chemistry: Structure-based Drug Design Towards Small Molecule Interleukin-6 Inhibitors



Thomas Cirino presentationMillard Basic Science Competition

Thomas Cirino, Pharmacodynamics: HIV-Tat Protein Modulates Cognitive Performance Through Induction of Hyperglutamatergic Signaling In Brain



Stefanie Drescher presentationSenior Clinical Science Competition

Stefanie Drescher, Pharmaceutics: Characterizing the Time-Course of Lung Absorption via Population Pharmacokinetic Modeling – A New Approach to Obtain Information on the Regional Deposition of Fluticasone Propionate

Poster presentation winners

Ibrahim Dawwas Award for Graduate Student Research in Cancer

  • Mohammed Gbadamosi, Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research: LASSO Regression Analysis Identifies Gene Expression Signature Predictive of Clinical Outcomes in Patients Using Gemtuzumab Ozogamicin

Graduate Student Award for Research in Infectious Disease

  • Evelyn Franco, Pharmaceutics: Antiviral Activity of Three Broad Spectrum Antivirals Against Chikungunya Virus in a Connective Tissue Cell Line

Graduate Student Award for Research in Pain, Addiction or CNS Disorders

  • Yan Li, Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy: Risk of Opioid Overdose Associated with Concomitant Use of Opioids and Muscle Relaxants

Graduate Student Award for Research in Aging, Pregnancy or Chronic Diseases

  • Ahmed Elshikha, Pharmaceutics: Protective Effect of Alpha-Antitrypsin in a Mouse Model of Lupus Alveolar Hemorrhage

Postdoctoral Research Award

  • Sonal Singh, Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research: Genome Wide Meta-Analysis of Blood Pressure (BP) Response to beta-Blockers: Results from International Consortium of Antihypertensive Pharmacogenomics Studies Studies (ICAPS) 

Pharm.D. Students Research Award

  • Lolade BakareCefazolin versus Anti-Staphylococcal Penicillins for the Treatment of Patients with Staphylococcus Aureus Infection: A Meta-Analysis
  • Nicolette SponerAnalyzing Anxiety-Related Behavior in Laser-Stimulated, Binge Ethanol-Treated OTR-Cre Mice via the Elevated Plus Maze