From metabolic engineering to computational chemistry and from structural prediction of proteins to rational design of new therapeutics, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
will showcase the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus during its 7th Annual Research Day starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2009 (43rd St.
and Woodland Ave.
). Posters representing approximately 120 topics will be on display.
Research Day recognizes undergraduate and graduate student research efforts, and highlights aspects of faculty scholarly activity to encourage and promote communication and collaboration among investigators. The University is distinctive in that most undergraduate students conduct research with faculty early in their academic careers.
The diverse research activity on display spans several aspects of the University’s scholarly pursuits, including:
· Biological Sciences: Dr. Jennifer Anthony’s research involving the metabolic engineering of E. coli for the production of vitamin A.
· Chemistry: Dr. Randy Zauhar’s use of computer-aided drug design to identify new antimicrobial lead compounds.
· Pharmaceutical Sciences: Dr. Bin Chen’s evaluation of the effects of vascular-targeting photodynamic therapy on prostate cancer metastasis.
· Physical Therapy: Dr. Therese Johnston’s usage of treadmill training for children with cerebral palsy.
· Social Sciences: Psychology major Mark Paullin’s (Philadelphia, Pa.
) study of mild cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease.
· Health Policy: Master in public health major Sekinat Kekere-Ekun’s (Deptford, N.J.
) work on the descriptive epidemiology of viral hepatitis in methadone maintenance clients.
· Pharmacy Practice: Doctor of pharmacy students Neha Patel (Fairless Hills, Pa.), Puja Patel (Hillsborough, N.J.), and Isha Shah’s (Bensalem, Pa.) analysis of the usage of ondansetron in non-chemotherapy patients at a community teaching hospital.
The full day of activity commences with four podium research presentations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC). Poster presentations representing approximately 120 research abstracts will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ARC. The day concludes with the 22nd Annual John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Andrew E. Mulberg, Portfolio Leader, Internal Medicine, Mature Products Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the McNeil Science and Technology Center
. For more information on Research Day, visit www.usp.edu/research/researchday
At University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821, including founders of six of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world. With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in such disciplines as pharmacy, bioinformatics, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy, the 3,000 students in the University of the Sciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide. For more information about University of the Sciences, visit www.usp.edu