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Since 2000, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has consistently ranked the UIC College of Pharmacy within the top 7 (out of nearly 100 surveyed) colleges of pharmacy in the nation, when measured by external research funding. As can be seen in the chart on the right, National Institutes of Health provide the most external funds, with other major contributors being Department of Defense, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Science Foundation, and American Cancer Society.

In fiscal year 2013 (7/1/12-6/30/13), total research sponsored program expenditures in the College were over $15M, which places the College among the top 5 colleges (out of 20 ranked ) within the University of Ilinois at Chicago, for the 5th year in a row. Out of the 155 UIC departments included in the FY2013 research expenditures report, all the College departments ranked within the top 45 with regard to research expenditures. The department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy was rated as number 13 within UIC. For more details, visit Grants&Contracts website.


Newly Honored

Dr. Alexander Mankin has been named as a 2014 Fellow for the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Dr. Guido Pauli has been selected as a 2014 University Scholar. The prestigious University Scholars Program provides three-year awards to faculty members who have demonstrated superior performance in scholarly activities in both research and teaching and who show great promise for future achievements.

Dr. Alexander Mankin has been appointed as a 2014 UIC Distinquished Professor. This appointment was created to recruit and recognize persons who have made a significant impact upon their field through scholarship, creativity and leadership. Shura is the fourth recipient of this honor in the College, joining Bill Beck, John Pezzuto and Norm Farnsworth.

Newly Funded

Dr. Mike Johnson received CBC HTS supplement grant for his project “Identification and development of small molecule inhibitors against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)”.

Dr. Mike Johnson and his associates Drs. Shahila Christie and Hyun Lee obtained two STTR grants from the NIH NIAID. One of the grants focuses on developing anti-hepatitis C agents and the second focuses on developing antibiotics with reduced resistance susceptibility to treat S. aureus. The projects started in June and July 2014, respectively.

Dr. Seungpyo Hong received a three year grant from NSF Materials Research Division for project “Hybrid Nanoparticles for Kinetically Controlled Cancer Targeting Using Biomimetic Cell Rolling and Multivalent Binding”, with start date of August 1, 2014.

Dr. Mike Johnson is a subcontract PI on NIH NIAID R21 grant with title “Antibiotic Potentiation by Targeting a Signal Transduction System”.

Dr. Les Hanakahi received R21 grant from NIH NCI. Her project, “Regulation of non-homologous end joining through end processing” has a start date of July 2014.

Dr. Pavel Petukhov received R21 grant from NIH NCI. This three year project, “Photoreactive histone deacetylase probes for chromatin immunoprecipitation in cancer” has a start date of June 2014.

Dr. Todd Lee received funding from Astellas for Astellas-UIC Fellowship Program in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology. Each fellow will spend the first year at UIC and the second year at Astellas.

Dr. Mike Federle received CBC Catalyst Award for project “ Immunotherapy-Mediated Interference of Bacterial Quorum Sensing”.

Dr. Simon Pickard and his co-investigator Yash Jalundhwala received funding from EuroQol Group for project “Understanding the Relationship Between Health Behaviors, Attitudes and Perceptions of HRQL Using the EQ-5D”.

Dr. Mike Federle and Dr. Terry Moore received CBC HTS awards for their projects “Signal Jamming of Bacterial Communication: An HTS Approach” and “Inhibition of Cystationine G Lysase as a Therapeutic Approach for Relief of Sleep Disorder Breathing”, respectively.

Dr. Debra Tonetti received the Cancer Center 2014 Pilot Award for her project “Establishment of a relevant breast cancer pre-clinical model: patient-derived xenografts”.

Dr. Terry Moore received an award from AACP for project “Tucked” Stapled Peptides for Estrogen Receptor/Coactivator Interaction.

Congratulations to our trainees

Erin Beisner (MD/PhD student in Federle Lab) received NIH NIAID F30 fellowship for her project “Specificity and Promiscuity In The ComRS System of Gram-Positive Pathogens”.

Chaitanya Aggarwal (Federle Lab) has been selected as a 2014 Baxter Young Investigator for his project “Identification of Streptococcal Communication Signals and Discovery of Signal Blockers to Prevent Biofilm Formation”.

Jason Buhrman (MD/PhD student in Gemeinhart Lab) won a Protein Society Best Poster Award during the 2014 Symposium.

Laura Cook (a postdoc in Federle Lab) received NIH NIAID F32 fellowship for her project “Determining The Role Of Dialog Between Pathogenic Streptococci in Biofilm Development and Virulence ”.

Two MCP students Dimple Modi (Burdette Lab) and Hitisha Patel (Thatcher Lab) won a Poster Award in the 2014 UIC Cancer Center Research Forum.

Sharon Eddie (a postdoc in Burdette Lab) has been selected to receive 2014 Lalor Foundation Merit Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.

Congratulations to postdocs Evelyn Nwabuisi-Heath (Sodhi Lab) and Georgette Heyrman (Burdette Lab) who both received CBC Postdoctoral Award. Their projects are “The impact of RNA editing on major depressive disorder” and “RNAseq of the putative ovarian cancer precursor, oviductal cells, in response to SERMs”, respectively.

Evelyn Nwabuisi-Heath (Sodhi Lab) won first prize in the postdoctoral competition at the Chicago Society for Neuroscience, on April 4th this year. The prize included a nomination for a travel award to present her work at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington DC in November.