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PharmTox Alum Valued 'Large Breadth of Resources' Available at USciences

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

Erina JacintoRecognizing the valuable role her pharmacology and toxicology education has played in her career, Erina Jacinto Ph/Tox’09 returned to University of the Sciences to offer words of advice to current undergraduate students during the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ second annual Student Recognition Ceremony on Oct. 2. Her most important take-home message to the students was to become more familiar with the large breadth of resources USciences has to offer, and take advantage of them.

During her time at USciences and shortly thereafter, Jacinto was involved in an elaborate research project with her faculty mentor Peter Harvison, PhD, measuring the effects of hepatotoxic agents on HepG2 cells. Her involvement in this research project resulted in her co-authorship of two papers in prominent toxicology journals.

After completing her research, she accepted a position with Merck through Lancaster Laboratories—where she worked in the lab as a biologist before being promoted to a group supervisor. Within two years of graduating from USciences, Jacinto was responsible for overseeing a team of analysts who performed good manufacturing practice evaluations on the varicella virus.

Throughout her four year career with Lancaster Labs, Jacinto played a pivotal role in standardizing the testing schedule and lab space using Six Sigma principles to increase efficiency—which resulted in a 50 percent reduction in assay lead-time and doubling of sample throughput.

Jacinto now works as a remote site monitor for Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC—a contract research organization in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. In this role, she oversees clinical trials which are executed according to federal regulations, as well as reviews study data from various sources, collects study documentation, resolves issues, and requests outstanding information. Jacinto also went on to complete her MS in pharmaceutics from Temple University in 2014.

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy held its second annual Student Recognition Ceremony for undergraduate students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. This ceremony recognized the importance of the bachelor of science programs in helping the college fulfill its mission.

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