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Hans W. Vahlteich Research Scholar Award

History of the Award

The Vahlteich Research Awards in the UIC College of Pharmacy are funded by the income generated by the Hans and Ella McCollum Vahlteich Endowment Fund. This fund was created from the estates of the Drs. Vahlteich following their death and totaled nearly $1.4 million. Hans, who earned his Graduate in Pharmacy (PhG) and Pharmaceutical Chemist (PhC) degrees from the college in 1917 and 1918, respectively, died in August 1989; Ella, who earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from Columbia University, died in November of 1984. To date, the award has funded over $1,500,000 in research endeavors supporting number of scientists in their work.

Former Vahlteich recipients continue to succeed, with 90% of Scholars securing NIH grants among other sources of their funding.


Congratulations to 2014 Vahlteich Award Recipients

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Rick Gemeinhart, PhD
, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Title: Development of miRNA Delivery System for Cancer Therapy

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Rohit Kolhatkar, PhD, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Title: Combating Lung Cancer by Inhibiting Oncogenic EML4-ALK-fusion Protein Expression


2013 Recipients

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Julio D. Duarte, PharmD, PhD
, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Title: Nebivolol for Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Diastolic Heart Failure

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Leslyn Hanakahi, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Rockford
Title: Regulation of Non-Homologous End Joining by End-Processing Factors

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Monsheel S. Sodhi, BPharm, MSc, PhD, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Title: Discovering Novel Targets for the Treatment of Major Depression


Awards were presented during the Research Day Award Ceremony on February 22 2013, by the review committee chair Dr. Greg Thatcher.


2012 Recipients

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Xiaolong He, PhD
, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Title: The role of CDC42 splice variants in ovarian cancer

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Brian T. Murphy, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Title: Use of cellular components of mycolic acid-containing bacteria to activate putatively inducible antibiotic pathways in Actinobacteria


2011 Recipients

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Maria V. Barbolina, PhD
, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Title: Role of Versican in Dissemination of Ovarian Carcinoma

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Douglas D. Thomas, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Title: Dinitrosyl iron complexes regulate breast cancer cell migration


2010 Recipients

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Hyun-Young Jeong, PharmD, PhD
, Departments of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy Practice
Title: Induction of CYP2D6 expression in pregnancy

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Seungpyo Hong, PhD, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Title: A biomimetic multivalent dendron-based novel nanocarrier for cancer targeting


2009 Recipients

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    Joanna E. Burdette, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
    Title: Developing a Mouse Model of Ovarian Cyst and Cancer Formation

    Michael J. Federle, PhD, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
    Title: Peptide Quorum Sensing in the Gram-Positive Bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes

Awardees are pictured with Mrs. DeLaney.

Previous recipients

2007/2008 Award Recipients
Jeffrey Bishop, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Title:  Pharmacogenetics of Working Memory Response to Risperidone
Larissa Cavallari, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Title: Genetic Determinants of Warfarin Dose Requirements in African Americans
 
2005/2006 Award Recipients
Richard A. Gemeinhart, PhD, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Title: Understanding and Preventing Tumor Dispersal with Hydrogel Therapeutics
Pavel Petukhov, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Title: Tools for Alzheimer’s Disease Research: Design of Selective BACE2 Ligands

2003/2004 Award Recipients
Sylvie Blond, PhD, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Title:  Role of the Human Tumor J-Domain Transmembrane Protein HTJI in the Secretion of the Acute  Phase Inter-alpha-trypsin Inhibitor ITIH4
Karol Bruzik, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Title:  Total Synthesis and Biological Activity of Insulin Second Messenger, Prostaglandylinositol Phosphate
Debra A.  Tonetti, PhD, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Title:  Mechanism of Estradiol-Mediated Regression of Protein Kinase C Alpha-Overexpressing Breast Tumors
 
2001/2002 Award Recipients
Hayat Onyuksel, PhD, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Title: Targeted Delivery of VIP for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Eva Vasquez, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Title:  P-glycoprotein Activity and Expression on T-Lymphocyte Subsets of Solid Organ Transplant Recipients and their Correlation with Graft Outcomes

1999/2000 Award Recipients
Helen Kastrissios, PhD
Title:  Methodological Issues in the Design and Analysis of Population Studies
Andrew D. Mesecar, PhD, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Title:  Structure and Function Studies of Pyruvate Kinase Isoenzymes Implicated in Disease
Miroslav Rezac, PhD
Title:  Artificial Enzyme Designed to Phosphorylate C-Terminal Fragment of c-Src Constrained in its Native Conformation
Steven M. Swanson, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Title:  Mechanism of Betulinic Acid Induced Apoptosis in Human Melanoma

1998/1999 Award Recipients
Nancy P. Lam, PharmD
Title:  Study of HCV Kinetics and Quasispecies Development during Interferon Treatment
Gail B. Mahady, PhD, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Title:  Screening of Common Herbs, Spices, and Food Plants for Activity against Helicobacter Pylori

1994/1995 Award Recipients
Alexander Mankin, PhD, Dr.Sc., Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Title: RNA-based Inhibitors of Translation

1992/1993 Award Recipients
Prem Mohan, PhD
Title:  Design and Development of Novel Sulfonic Acid Derivatives as Highly Potent and Selective Anti-AIDS Agents