Robin DiFrancesco MT ASCP, MBA

Robin DiFrancesco

Robin DiFrancesco
MT ASCP, MBA

TPRC Scientific Manager and Research Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information
Center of Excellence
701 Ellicott St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716)881-7465
rda@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

Robin DiFrancesco, MT ASCP, MBA has over 30 years of experience in pharmacology research (20+ in HIV research) and has a variety of knowledge, practical and theoretical, to offer our global students. She is appointed at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as a research assistant professor and as a voluntary adjunct faculty member for the UB Department of Biotechnology and Clinical Sciences within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She holds an ACSP certification as a medical technologist and a NYS license as a clinical laboratory technologist. Her experience in clinical pharmacology research and quality assurance, as it applies to the clinical pharmacology laboratory and laboratory sciences, is extensive. She has served almost 16 years in this capacity within the NIH/NIAID/DAIDS networks as well as a laboratory technologist on the ACTG/IMPAACT Laboratory Technoligists committee. She is also appointed as the scientific manager of the Drug Development Core, part of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University at Buffalo. In addition, she has served as both vice-chair and chair on two specialty sections for The Society for Quality Assurance. Robin has co-authored and published over 60 articles.

Education and Training:

  • MBA, The State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Management (1986)
  • BS, D'Youville College (1980)

Employment:

  • Instructor, Pharmacy Practice, The State Univserity of New York at Buffalo (1997-present)
  • Quality Assurance and Laboratory Manager, Pharmacy Practice, The State University of New York at Buffalo (1993-present)
  • Laboratory Coordinator, Pharmacy Practice, The State University of New York at Buffalo (1981–1996)

Awards and Honors:

  • UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Staff Award (2009)
  • UB SOPPS Research Staff Recognition Award (2009)
  • D’Youville College, Department of Mathematics and Sciences Student Award (1980)


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Professional Memberships:

  • The Society For Quality Assurance
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology; Medical Technologist

Presentations:

  • "Biomarker Assays: What regulates them?" ACTG Annual Summer Meeting 2017, ACTG (2017)
  • "Update on the CPQA PRogram" IMPAACT Network Annual Meeting, IMPAACT (2017)
  • "Building Quality into International Clinical Research" One Health One Carribbean Conference, University of the West Indies (2016)
  • "Building on Quality Assurance towards Pharmaceutical Laboratory Quality Management Systems" 21st International AIDS Conference, UNAIDS, Global Capacity Building in AIDS Pharmacology Research (2016)
  • "Good Research Practices: Something Old or Something New?" Society for Quality Assurance 2015, Society for Quality Assurance (2015)
  • "What’s the newest about the FDA 2013 Draft Revised Guidance for Industry on Bioanalytical Method Validation?" Society for Quality Assurance 2015, Society for Quality Assurance (2015)
  • "Cerebral Spinal Fluid as a Pharmacology Outcome Specimen" ACTG Annual Summer Meeting 2014, ACTG, ACTG Summer Matrices Program (2014)
  • "Creating a Budget for Quantative Drug Analysis" ACTG Annual Summer Meeting 2014, ACTG, PSL Director Breakout (2014)
  • "PK Novel or Complex Processing Training Tool" ACTG Annual Summer Meeting 2014, ACTG, LTC (2014)
  • "Translational Pharmacology Research Core: An Interdisciplinary Drug Development Initiative" Academic Drug Discovery Conference (ADDC) (2013)
  • "Complex Pharmacology Samples" ACTG Annual Meeting (2013)
  • "Building Quality Laboratory Capacity for International Clinical Pharmacology Research" IAS 2012, IAS, TPRC (2012)
  • "Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance and Quality Control Program" ACTG Annual Meeting (2012)
  • "Comparison of Modeled and Non-modeled Clearance Values for Efavirenz" Translational Science 2012 (2012)
  • "Novel Translational Approach to HIV Medication Management Utilizing Task Shifting and Healthcare Informatics" Unite For Sight 9th Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference, Yale University (2012)
  • "Novel Translational Approach to HIV Medication Management Utilizing Task Shifting and Healthcare Informatics" Translational Science 2012 (2012)
  • "Using Quality-Driven Phased Assessments to Build Pharmacology Laboratory Capacity for HIV Clinical Research in Resource Limited Countries" 28th SQA Annual Meeting & Quality College (2012)
  • "Using Quality-Driven Phased Assessments to Build Pharmacology Laboratory Capacity for HIV Clinical Research in Resource Limited Countries (RLC)" 28th SQA Annual Meeting & Quality College, Society for Quality Assurance (2012)
  • "Establishing an International Network for Using Health Information Technology in HIV/TB Medication Management Research" 2011 AMIA Summit on Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) (2011)
  • "Interindividual Variability of ABCB1 Expression in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from HIV-Infected Patients" 2010 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) (2010)
  • "Pharmacology Study Conduct in ACTG Protocols" IDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) Annual Meeting (2010)
  • "National HIV Drug Interaction and Antiretroviral Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Registry." American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Midyear Clinical Meeting (2005)
  • "Biological Matrix Suppression Concerns in LC-tandem MS Analytical Methods" FAll 2005 Meeting NERCDG (2005)
  • "National HIV Drug Interaction and Antiretroviral (ARV) Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) Registry" 6th International Workshop on Clinical Pharmacology of HIV Therapy. (2005)
  • "From Traditional Ultraviolet or Fluorescence Detection to state-of-the-art Mass Spectrometry: Early Experiences at The University at Buffalo LCMS Facility" NERCDG Annual Meeting (2001)
  • "Pharmacology Labs for Dummies" AACTG Annual Meeting (2001)
  • "From Traditional Ultraviolet or Fluorescence Detection to state-of-the-art Mass Spectrometry: Early Experiences at The University at Buffalo LCMS Facility" NERCDG Annual Meeting (2000)
  • "Pharmacology Labs for Dummies" AACTG Annual Meeting (1999)
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Center of Excellence
701 Ellicott St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716)881-7465
rda@buffalo.edu