Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Graduate students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics (PSET) were recognized at the inaugural Graduate Student Recognition event held on May 6, 2022, at the College of Pharmacy Building.  After opening remarks by Department Chair and Professor Jonathan Doorn, students were honored for their outstanding publications, fellowship awards, masterful teaching assistantships, and overall scholar of the year.  Congratulations to our exceptional PhD students!

Dherya Bahl was named PSET Student Scholar of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding productivity, teaching, and/or service while enrolled as a student in one of the department's pharmacy graduate programs.

Jon Doorn and Dherya Bahl pose as Bahl receives the PSET Student Scholar Award
Chair and Professor Jon Doorn presents the PSET Student Scholar of the Year Award to Dherya Bahl.

Although the name of the award is Student Scholar, Doorn said, "it really is all-encompassing. We look at things such as publications, scientific conferences attended, seminars provided, awards, other fellowships received, measures of distinction, teaching activities, service, and volunteer activities. This takes into account the complete body of work."

Bahl's faculty advisor is Dr. Lewis Stevens.

Other honorees included:


  • Beth Young (Fall 2021) and Kevin Tobin (Spring 2022) received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
  • Best publication awards were given in the departments' graduate subprograms:
    • Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics
      Awarded to: Sanjib Saha
      "Solubilized ubiquinol for preserving corneal function" Journal: Biomaterials. 2021; 275: 120842
    • Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Awarded to: Joshua Reeder
      "Development and validation of a simple and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the quantification of cefazolin in human plasma and its application to a clinical pharmacokinetic study" Journal: J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal. 2022; 210: 114521
    • Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry
      Awarded to: Rachel Crawford
      "Characterization of catecholaldehyde adducts with carnosine and L-cysteine reveals their potential as biomarkers of catecholaminerigic stress" Journal: Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2021; 34: 2184-2193
  • Graduate students who had received fellowships were also recognized:
    • Dherya Bahl, Rachel Crawford, Jackson Russo
      Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship
    • Noah Zachary Laird
      Terrence and Donna Dahl Pharmaceutics Fellowship
      Iowa Recruitment Fellowship
    • Leqi Fan, Pornpoj Phruttiwanichakun
      Keith Guillory Pharmaceutics Graduate Research Fellowship
    • Moana Hala’ufia
      NIH Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant Fellowship
      Lulu Merle Johnson Fellowship
    • Kris Lukas
      NIH Biotechnology Training Grant Fellowship
    • Pratishtha Verma
      Pharmaceutics Research & Education Enhancement Fund
    • Autumn Moore
      Lulu Merle Johnson Fellowship
      Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship
    • Kevin Tobin
      Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship
      Iowa Recruitment Fellowship
    • Rui He
      UI Pharmaceuticals Graduate Research Fellowship
    • Walla Malkawi
      Beth Young
      Dale E. and June P. Wurster Pharmaceutics Research Fund