Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students participated in the 2022 Graduate Doctoral Commencement Ceremony (watch recording of ceremony here) on Friday, May 13 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. University of Iowa President Barbara Wilson and Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean Amanda Thein delivered messages to students. An Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was bestowed upon Rita Dove, graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (MFA ’77) and former U.S. Poet Laureate. Graduate Redwan Bin Abdul Baten of Bangladesh was the student speaker.

2022 College of Pharmacy PhD graduates:

  • Suhaila Alhaj-Suliman 
    • Track: Pharmaceutics, Advisor: Bighley Professor Ali Salem
  • Dherya Bahl
    • Track: Pharmaceutics, Advisor: Associate Professor Lewis Stevens
  • Logan Murry
    • Track: Health Services Research, Advisor: Associate Professor Julie Urmie
  • Jackson Russo
    • Track: Pharmaceutics, Advisor: Associate Professor Nicole Brogden
  • Emad Wafa 
    • Track: Pharmaceutics, Advisor: Bighley Professor Ali Salem
  • Beth Young
    • Track: Pharmaceutics, Advisor: Associate Professor Lewis Stevens
PhD Grads 2022

    Selected Graduates' Plans:

     


    Suhaila Alhaj-Suliman
     

    Suhaila Alhaj-Suliman

    Faculty Advisor: Professor Aliasger Salem
    Program of Study: PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Research Topic: My research focused on designing and developing nanotechnology-based combinatorial cancer therapies that circumvent existing chemotherapy-resistance mechanisms.

    Post-Graduation Plan: As a research pharmaceutical scientist, I am looking to launch my career in a biotech company where I can contribute to the development of nano-delivery systems for biomedical applications.

    What memories will you carry with you about your time at the college?
    At this moment, everything flashes back in my mind. I remember the day when I entered the College of Pharmacy with a lot of curiosity and enthusiasm to learn. I had a chance to meet a lot of people of different nationalities and made great friends that are like a new family. Also, I had an excellent opportunity to work with Prof. Salem as a graduate research assistant and gained extensive experience in the design and development of nanoparticles for drug and gene delivery. This journey will be a memory that will remain in the heart.


    Dherya Bahl

     

    Dherya Bahl

    Faculty Advisor: Associate Professor Lewis Stevens
    Program of Study: PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Research Topic:
    Understanding Solubility Improvement of Drugs with Higher Stoichiometery Cocrystals of Drugs
    Post-Graduation Plan:
    I will be joining a Pharmaceutical Company as a Process Development Scientist.
    What memories will you carry with you about your time at the college?

    I have grown immensely as a researcher and a professional during my time here at graduate school. My advisor, the faculty and staff, and my colleagues have played a big role in that growth.

    Logan Murry
     

    Logan Murry

    Faculty Advisor: Associate Professor Julie Urmie
    Program of Study: PhD in Health Services Research

    Research Topic: Patient Preferences and Willingness-to-Pay for Medicare Part D Consultation Services Offered in the Community Pharmacy Setting

    Post-Graduation Plan: I have accepted a 2 year post-doc in Dublin, Ireland at RCSI to assist in developing an essential medicines list for the country.

    What memories will you carry with you about your time at the college?
    The best memories I have in the college are the mentorship that I received from all members of my department and the opportunities to engage in a wide variety of research.


    Emad Wafa

    Emad Wafa

    Faculty Advisor: Professor Aliasger K. Salem
    Program of Study: PhD in
    Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Research Topic:
    To design, develop, and characterize nanoparticle-based platforms  (nanomedicines and nanovaccines) for drug and gene delivery
    Post-Graduation Plan:
    I care deeply about developing effective therapies to fight cancer and zoonotic infectious diseases. I will be considering a postdoctoral research fellow or a career in either the academic or industry setting where I can further hone and improve my skills as a research scientist and achieve my goals.
    What memories will you carry with you about your time at the college?
    During my graduate studies, I have been actively participating in cancer research at Professor Salem’s Laboratory of Advanced Drug and Gene Delivery. This has increased my awareness of the cancer patients’ needs and inspired me to dedicate my time to developing immunotherapeutic vaccines and treatments to combat cancer. Being engaged in cancer research has acquainted me with broad experience and extensive knowledge necessary to understand how the immune system and tumor cells interact with each other.

     

     Beth Young
     

    Beth Young

    Faculty Advisor: Associate Professor Lewis Stevens
    Program of Study: PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Research Topic: My research focused on evaluating the risk of polymorphic transformations through milling. Polymorphs are different materials but have the same chemical composition and can often convert via milling (a commonly used tool to decrease particle sizes).

    Post-Graduation Plan: I am currently in the process of moving to Colorado where I accepted a position as CMC Pharmaceutical Scientist at Loxo Oncology at Lilly. I will work exclusively on formulating APIs of clinical trials.

    What memories will you carry with you about your time at the college?
    My favorite memory/memories are all from different conferences I attended with my peers. During the conferences we would always make time to venture out and see the cities we were in. My favorite was when we went to AAPS in Philly where we toured the city on a double-decker bus. 
    My favorite thing about our college is how approachable and helpful the faculty and staff can be. Ultimately, the college has helped me to grow as a scientist. I feel like I have had plenty of opportunities to learn and continue to grow during my time here. I feel well prepared for my job and ready to begin working.