Xiaoshu Pan, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has secured a two-year PhRMA Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Drug Delivery. The award provides $120,000 in funding to advance her research in treating sensorineural hearing loss.
Pan joined the UF College of Pharmacy in 2020 and works under the direction of Mei He, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmaceutics. Her research explores natural biological nanovesicles, called extracellular vesicles, as the novel drug delivery modality. This project will focus on precision payload loading of genome editing therapeutics into extracellular vesicles for targeted gene therapy.
“The PhRMA Foundation fellowship is a recognition of the potential impact my work can have on the field of drug delivery,” Pan said. “The fellowship provides crucial financial support that will allow me to further my research and education. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and the invaluable guidance from Dr. He.”
Since its founding in 1965, the PhRMA Foundation has funded more than 2,700 scientists across more than 300 institutions. In the process, the foundation has helped to catalyze scientific careers and grow new fields of research.