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Summer 2020 School News

Brian Tsuji, PharmD, professor of pharmacy practice and associate dean for clinical and translational sciences, is the recipient of a 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Tsuji is an international expert on antimicrobial pharmacology. His superbug research, which has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2008, investigates optimizing drug combinations to maximize antibacterial activity and minimize resistance and toxicity. 

Sprowl selected as 2020 CTSI K Scholar

Jason Sprowl, PhD, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences, was named a 2020 University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) K Scholar for his research on the role of transporter proteins in regulating drug or nutrient uptake and accumulation.

Kalpesh Desai appointed Director of Diversity Initiatives

Kalpesh Desai, senior research scientist, pharmacy practice, has been appointed the school’s new Director for Diversity Initiatives. He will lead the school’s efforts to increase diversity and foster inclusiveness among our students, staff and faculty.

“I would like to foster an environment at the school where everyone feels that they are welcome to share their ideas and feelings," Desai says. "All of us can learn from each other’s varied experiences and become more equitable and inclusive. When we all act better, humanity benefits.”

Upcoming initiatives include:

  • Open forum on race for faculty, staff and students
  • Mentorships for minority students by minority alumni
  • Wellness clinics in underserved areas in Western New York to address health care disparities and inequalities

Read more about how we are working to create a diverse and inclusive community at our school.

School Notes

Summer 2020 Student News

More than 100 students from around the world received a virtual in-depth educational program showcasing the ins and outs of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences at our fifth annual UB Pharmacy Summer Institute.

“We were fortunate to have the opportunity to virtually host our program this year,” says Jennifer Rosenberg, UB SPPS associate dean for admissions and advisement.

Kira Voyer selected as 2020 AACP Walmart Scholar

Kira Voyer, PharmD '21, was selected as a 2020 AACP Walmart Scholar. The goal of the scholarship program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy.

Summer 2020 Alumni News

2020 and 2021 Alumni Reunion Weekend

Reunion Weekend.

Save the date!

We are planning to celebrate our postponed 2020 Alumni Reunion next year from June 3-6, 2021, in conjunction with our 2021 Alumni Reunion. The Office of Alumni Relations will be contacting members of the classes of 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016 this fall. Email any questions to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu.

Alumni Notes

In Memoriam

  • Barbara (Kubik) Potenski, BS '71

Upcoming Events


Thank you for reading our Summer 2020 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 later this fall.

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