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Our PharmD students are happy to speak with you about their experience with the application process and what it is like to be a professional student here.

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Review each Ambassador bio below to learn about their experiences. Ambassadors are available for virtual meetings by appointment. Simply send an Ambassador an email to the address provided in their title to set up your meeting time and connect.

Donald Lu.

Donald Lu, PharmD Student, Los Angeles, CA
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Donald is a P3 student at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is from Los Angeles, California, and went to the University of California, San Diego for his undergraduate study. Donald is the "Remember the Ribbon" Initiative Chair for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and the Professionalism Chair of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS). Currently, he is working as a pharmacy intern at CSS Health. Donald is happy to answer any questions about the PharmD program and what it's like to study out of state.

Salome Mawi.

Salome Mawi, PharmD/MBA Student, Burma
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Salome recently finished the P1 year in the PharmD program at UB SPPS and is currently completing the MBA year as part of the PharmD/MBA program. She was an Early Assurance student at UB during her undergraduate studies. She grew up in Burma however, she has been living here in Buffalo for about 7 years now. Salome works at Walgreens as a pharmacy intern and previously as a pharmacy technician. For this academic year, she will be serving on the E-board of Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) as a treasurer. Feel free to reach out to Salome with any questions or concerns! She is happy to chat with you via email, virtually or in-person!

Christine Akiki.

Christine Akiki, PharmD Student, Saratoga Springs, NY
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Christine Akiki is a current P3 student from Saratoga Springs, NY. Before attending UB, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently serves on the E-board for SCCP as IT chair and IPhO as VIP Case Competition lead. In addition, she is excited to become involved in the clinical research program as a third year student. Outside of school, Christine works as an intern at Riverview Professional Pharmacy. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical research and industrial pharmacy when she graduates from pharmacy school.

Destiny Osborne.

Destiny Osborne, PharmD Student, Bronx, NY
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Destiny is a P3 students in the PharmD program at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Starting in 2017, she did two years of pre-pharmacy undergraduate studies in the Early Assurance program at the University at Buffalo. Destiny entered the school in 2019 and is now apart of the class of 2023. Her hometown is Bronx, NY. Destiny plans on working in a community pharmacy during school, but hopes to one day continue on to a residency during post grad. Her spare time consist of participating in professional organizations such as APhA, SSHP, PNHP, being a military member and working as a pharmacy intern at CVS. Destiny also loves to dance, bake, ice-skate and paint. She would be more than willing to answer any questions regarding the Early Assurance process or about the PharmD program.

Shelby Chan.

Shelby Chan, PharmD/MBA Student, New York, NY
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Shelby is currently an MBA student pursuing a PharmD/MBA dual degree. She is from New York City and started UB in Fall 2018. She entered UB through the 2+4 Early Assurance Program. During her undergraduate years, she was enrolled in the UB Honors College and advocated for the pharmacy program as the Vice President of UB Prepharmacy Club. Shelby currently works at the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) as a pharmacy intern. She is actively involved in Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) as the Student Diplomat and Student Association of Specialty Pharmacy (SASP) as the Social Media Marking Committee. She is very excited to speak with prospective students interested in going to pharmacy school or answer any questions you may have!

Jason Dey.

Jason Dey, PharmD/MS Student, Rochester, NY
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Jason is currently a P2 student in the PharmD/MS dual degree program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, currently researching the impact of membrane transporters on the toxicity of a certain chemotherapy agent. He has been involved in research since 2013 as an undergraduate at SUNY Brockport. Jason has volunteered extensively helping addicts and has worked as a personal care aid/caregiver for the elderly/disabled both in nursing homes and (mainly) in home since 2013 as well. His involvement in direct patient care helps give insight into the perspective of elderly patients and their often limited knowledge of what medications they're on and why, which is largely what spurred him to go into pharmacy instead of medicine. Jason has wide ranging interests and experiences and is available to help answer any questions you may have or are just seeking some advice in general. 

Baraa Alnaji.

Baraa Alnaji, PharmD Student, Buffalo NY
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Baraa is a third year PharmD student from Buffalo, NY. She graduated from University at Buffalo with a Bachelor's Degree in She currently works as a pharmacy intern at Wegmans and DENT Neurologic Institute. Baraa serves as the co-chair for Project Keepsake for SNPhA which helps to raise awareness about chronic kidney disease.

Carrie Yu.

Carrie Yu, PharmD Student, Queens, NY                                                           Email Carrie

Carrie is a P3 student at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She grew up in Queens, NYC, but prior to pharmacy school, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Carrie is currently the president of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) and the P3 Leader of the Operation Reproductive Health Patient Care Project for American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA). This year, she started working at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as a pharmacy intern. Carrie is excited to meet prospective pharmacy students, and she is happy to answer any questions regarding her experience with the application process, the pharmacy program, and how to manage your time as a student.