Graduate Fellows Honored for Academic and Research Achievements

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on April 10, 2019

2019 graduate fellowsGraduate students and their advisors celebrated the students’ academic and research achievements at the annual Graduate Fellows Reception on March 14, 2019, in Wilson Hall. Each fellow and their advisor were invited to attend the event and were recognized for their achievement before their peers and faculty by being presented a certificate.

Each academic year, the Office of Graduate Education administers several fellowship opportunities. Students are required to submit an application to be considered for their chosen fellowship and go through a competitive internal peer review process overseen by the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research.

Frederick B. Kilmer Fellowship: Norman FultangPurpose of Fellowship: Endowed by the late Dr. Frederick B. Kilmer, this fellowship is intended to support a graduate student conducting research in pharmacology and plant chemistry at the University of the Sciences.
Recipient: Norman Fultang PhD'21 (Cell & Molecular Biology) – ROR- proteins regulate chemoresistance in breast cancer via regulation of drug efflux pump ABCB1, in a SMARCB1-dependent manner
Advisor: Bela Peethambaran & Zachary Klase

Clayton French Fellowship:

Purpose of Fellowship: Endowed by Mrs. Mary I. Banks in honor of her father, Clayton French, this fellowship is intended to support a graduate student conducting pharmaceutical research at the University of the Sciences.
Recipients:
Basic: Amber Gunderwala PhD'20 (Pharmacognosy) – Development of an Allosteric Inhibitor of BRAF Targeting the BRAF Dimer Interface
Advisor: Zhihong Wang
Priti PednekarApplied: Priti Pednekar PhD'19 (Health Policy) – The Impact of Medication Adherence on Healthcare Utilization and Costs Among Elderly Patients Enrolled in a State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program

William Gano Fellowship:
Purpose of Fellowship: Established by Mrs. William H. Gano in memory of her husband, this fellowship is intended to support a graduate student engaged in research at the University of the Sciences.
Recipient: Gretchen Alicea PhD'20 (Cancer Biology)– AGING INDUCES METABOLIC REWIRING OF FIBROBLASTS AND MELANOMA CELLS
Advisor: Ashani Weeraratna, Wistar

Abraham Glasser Fellowship:
Purpose of Fellowship: Provided through a generous gift from the late Abraham Glasser, former trustee and member of the Class of 1943, and his wife, Gloria Glasser, Class of 2002 honorary degree recipient, this fellowship is intended to provide one year of financial support to conduct original research full time.

Veronica SmithRecipient: Veronica Smith PhD'23 (Pharmacognosy) - Inhibiting the Dimerization of Non-Structural Protein 1 of Influenza A (NS1A) Using Short Helical Peptides
Advisor: John Tomsho
Afsana Trini

Afsana Trini PhD'19 (Pharmaceutics) - Age leads to a reduction in subcutaneous white adipose tissue thermogenesis, which in part, is responsible for age induced adiposity
Advisor: Anil D’mello

Harry A. Bradburd Fellowship:

Kirby Donnelly
Purpose of Fellowship: Established in 1970 by Dr. and Mrs. Harry A. Bradburd, this fellowship is intended to support a graduate student at USciences who has completed at least one year of graduate study, has accumulated a minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit, and has indicated an intention of continuing graduate study at USciences. Graduate program directors may nominate one student per graduate program. Final selection shall be made on the basis of the candidate’s cumulative weighted grade average.
Recipient: Kirby Donnelly PhD'21 (Cell & Molecular Biology) – highest GPA
Trans-synaptic transfer of prion-like mutant huntingtin aggregates in Drosophila melanogaster
Advisor: Margaret Pearce

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