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Summer 2019 Top Story


William Jusko, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has received a five-year MIRA award totaling nearly $2.9 million for research entitled “Mechanistic Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics.” The Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) program of the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks “to increase the efficiency of NIH funding by providing investigators with greater stability and flexibility, thereby enhancing scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs.”

Summer 2019 School News

Jun Qu.

Jun Qu, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, has been selected to receive a 2019 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement. Qu has defined methodologies and advanced scientific knowledge that will change the way cancer, infection and heart disease are diagnosed and treated. His research focuses on protein and drug analysis using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC/MS) to discover new knowledge and develop novel research techniques that are applied throughout the field of clinical and pharmaceutical proteomics. His lab is one of the top labs in the world on label-free proteomics for large-scale analysis; he is also a world leader in the field of characterization of antibody therapeutics using LC/MS.

Smart pill developed by Professor Emeritus Jerome Schentag listed as one of the 50 greatest American inventions

An article on MSN about the 50 greatest American inventions of the past 50 years includes the smart pill developed in 1992 by Jerome Schentag, professor emeritus of pharmaceutical sciences in the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The article notes, “A revolutionary medical breakthrough, the smart pill is a medical device that is encapsulated in pill form and controlled by a computer. When patients swallow the pill, they swallow the device.”

School Notes

New hires, promotions and retirements

  • Joshua Sawyer (PharmD '06), Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was appointed Director of Diversity Initiatives
  • Maya Holsen (PharmD '17) was hired as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Richard O'Brocta was hired as Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Experiential Education
  • Barbara Buckley, Project Staff Assistant, retired on August 30, 2019
  • Ying Xu was promoted to Research Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Qing Ma was promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Calvin Meaney (PharmD '11) was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Summer 2019 Student News

Welcoming the PharmD Class of 2023

One hundred and thirty-one students took their first step toward becoming pharmacists at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual White Coat Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 22.

The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes passage into the initial stages of the profession of pharmacy practice and represents a contract for excellence in providing compassionate patient care.

This event also highlights the importance of scientific scholarship and emphasizes the highest principles of moral, ethical and legal conduct. UB PharmD students taking part in this tradition are welcomed to begin study among the ranks of pharmacy professionals.

Kelsey Gregoire (PharmD '18), clinical care resident and clinical pharmacist at Buffalo General Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit, was the keynote speaker.

Summer 2019 Alumni News

This year's reunion honors the classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. Join us for a weekend of events, including a continuing education program, tours of the Pharmacy Building, a downtown Buffalo mansion tour, and a Saturday evening cocktail reception.

Recent grads acknowledged by PAWNY for leading student immunizer legislation

Kelsey Gregoire (PharmD '18) and Kevin Lavery (PharmD/MBA '19) received the 2019 PAWNY Community Service Award for their advocacy work establishing a pharmacy intern’s authority to vaccinate under the supervision of an immunizing pharmacist.

Two 2019 PharmD grads accepted into prestigious Rutgers Fellowship Program

Anil Paul Melathe (PharmD '19) and Jennifer Ji-Won Han (PharmD '19) have been accepted into the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy post-doctoral Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship (RPTF) Program. They were selected from a candidate pool of over 700 pharmacy students throughout the country.

Rotella receives 2019 Pharmacists Association of Western New York Pharmacist of the Year Award

Congratulations to Gary Rotella (BS '83 & '84), recipient of the 2019 Pharmacists Association of Western New York (PAWNY) Pharmacist of the Year Award!

Congratulations to our 2019 resident graduates!

Congratulations to our 2019 resident graduates: Hailey Lipinski, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident, Buffalo Medical Group; Troy Hoelzl, PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident, Middleport Family Health Center; Alex Principino, PGY1 Managed Care Pharmacy Resident, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY; Courtney Cardinal, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident, General Physician, PC; Jessica Costello, PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident, Middleport Family Health Center; and Charisse Chehovich, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

What is your bold moment? We'd love to hear your story.

At UB, we’ve made a promise to be bold, and we live that promise for the rest of our lives. From students traveling abroad and caring for those in need to professors helping students discover their passions to alumni leading the charge and making the world better.

Be bold, share your story and inspire others to stand up and say "I am Boldly Buffalo and I believe in UB's bright future!"

Share your bold moment with us now.

Alumni Notes

  • Craig Svensson (PhD '85) has recently published a non-academic book called “When There is No Cure," describing his life with chronic pain caused by a number of major diseases.
  • On Oct. 1, Angela Kashuba (PharmD '95) will be appointed the new dean of the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
  • Richard Kraft (PharmD '05) was hired as a Medical Science Liaison at AstraZeneca
  • Timothy Carroll (PharmD '13) started a new position as Vice President, Pharmacy Operations and Business Development, at Reliance Rx Specialty Pharmacy
  • Kayla Andrews (PharmD '14, MS '15 & PhD '18) was promoted to Discovery Project Leader at Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute
  • Justin Bader (PharmD/MBA '15) started a new position as Senior Scientist, Clinical Pharmacology at Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc.
  • Alyssa Flood (PharmD '15) was hired as a pharmacist at MedMen
  • Kushol Hasnat Merani (PharmD '15) was hired as a HIV/Hepatitis C Clinical Pharmacist at Fidelis Care
  • Sara DiTursi (PharmD '16) was hired as a Clinical/Advanced Practice Pharmacist- Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship at Kenmore Mercy Hospital
  • Rebecca Nazaro (PharmD '16) started a new position as Clinical Pharmacist at MVP Health Care
  • Megan Skelly (PharmD '17) was promoted to Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Rebecca Martin (PharmD '17) started a new position as a Clinical Oncology Pharmacist at Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Kateylyn Evans (PharmD '18) started a new position as a Health Outcomes Pharmacist at Walgreens
  • Nana Wang (PharmD '18) opened a Cajun seafood-in-a-bag restaurant in Buffalo's Rue Franklin building

In Memoriam

  • Ray Hippchen BS '57
  • Arthur Jacknowitz BS '72
  • Cyrus Kloner BS '57
  • Marilyn White BS '51
  • Christine Wishart BS '89

Upcoming Events

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2019

September 13-14, 2019

Celebrating the classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014

More information at pharmacy.buffalo.edu/reunion2019

UB Homecoming and Family Week

Sept 30 - Oct 6, 2019

Students, alumni, family and friends—don’t miss this weekend, jam-packed with fellowship and fun!

More information at buffalo.edu/ub-homecoming.html

UB Alumni Winter College

January 19-21, 2020

Enjoy a fun-filled learning getaway, with classes, speakers, golf and sunshine with your UB family.

More information at buffalo.edu/alumni/events/winter-college.html


Thank you for reading our Summer 2019 edition of Buffalo Pharmacy eNotes. Please stay in touch! Send us updates on your own personal and professional accomplishments by filling out our alumni update form.

Look for our next edition of eNotes this fall.

Best regards,
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor