Faculty Receiving Research Grants Honored at Ceremony


Published on January 17, 2018

Honoring Faculty at Grantsmanship Recognition Ceremony

To acknowledge the work of USciences faculty members who apply and receive grant funding for their work and research or serve the college on research compliance committees, the offices of Research Administration, of Sponsored Projects and Research, and of Research Compliance hosted a Grantsmanship Recognition Ceremony on Jan. 9, 2018.

Over 80 faculty and committee members were honored at the event, including five awards for faculty who brought in more than $1 million in external funding since the Office of Sponsored Projects was established in 2005.

Those “Million Dollar Club” faculty members were presented a special award by Provost Peter Miller in recognition of their accomplishments. “It is shaped like the mountain that had to be scaled to achieve this success,” Dr. Miller said. 

The awardees included: 

Patricia R. Audet, PharmD

Interim Dean, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business

Professor of Pharmacy 

Dr. Audet is being recognized for her excellent stewardship of the Genentech Fellowship program that ran for six years at USciences. This important program that provided experiential training to fellows in healthcare reimbursement and policy. Andrew Peterson, PharmD, was also a key contributor to the success of this program.

Bin Chen, PhD

Director, Graduate Program in Pharmacology/Toxicology

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Chen has an exciting research program that focuses on understanding the mechanism of anticancer agents and designing mechanism-based approaches for therapeutic enhancement. He has a long track record of successful grants, being funded by the NIH, DOD, and American Cancer Society.

Zachary Klase,PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Klase focuses primarily on mechanisms that control viral replication and allow the virus to persist in the presence of therapy, with a focus on HIV, though his work on Zika has brought attention to the campus recently as well. Dr. Klase has the honor of bringing in the single largest research grant to USciences with his recent NIH Director’s Avenir award of $2.1M.

Vojislava (Voki) Pophristic, PhD

Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Pophristic’s research group develops and uses computational tools to study structures and dynamics of chemical entities that mimic 3D motifs found in biomolecules. She has been very successful over the years, not only with federal grants, but also company service contracts. Her recent grants from the NIH and NSF include Zhiwei Liu, PhD, as equal PI. 

Cathy Poon, PharmD, and the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration (DOPPA)

Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Cathy Poon and the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration has been successful in receiving many collaborative contracts and training fellowships. In addition to Department Chair Cathy Poon, these projects have included many key USciences faculty members, including Andrew Peterson and Hilary Mandler, as well as inter-college collaborations. DOPPA’s successes include subcontracts from Cooper Hospital, as well as Penn for a HRSA grant; and many training grants from industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson and Janssen, that are part of the department’s Pharmaceutical Industry and Education Fellowship Program.

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