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USciences Awarded $2.3 Million in Research Grants for 2020 Fiscal Year

By Nicole Carrera

Published on July 16, 2020

USciences faculty and student researchers were awarded $2.3 million in research funding in the 2020 fiscal year from both private and federal sponsors. 

Islam Ghazi, PhDIslam Ghazi PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) students were awarded $3,200 from Merck & Co. to complete their research entitled Y-site Physical Compatability in Imipenem/Cilastatin/Relebastam with Diverse Intravenous Medications. This research has since been published by the reputable pharmacy journal, “Clinical Therapeutics”.

Joseph Zundell, PhD’22 (Cancer Biology)a graduate student researcher in the cancer biology PhD program, was awarded over $500 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his work titled Targeting the ER Stress Response in ARID1A-mutant Ovarian Clear Cell Carcinoma. The purpose of Zundell’s study is to understand how the mutation of the ARID1A protein causes the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response, which promotes tumor cell survival. 

Maggie Pearce, PhD, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience, and her research team received over $142,000 to continue their research into understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases. This study, titled Drosophila Models for tau toxicity and Spreading in the Central Nervous System, is examining the progression of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. More More about Dr. Pearce’s research can be found here.


Zhijun Li, PhD, Director of the graduate program in Bioinformatics, was granted nearly $40,000 from Duke University for research titled Small Molecule HIV-1 Entry Inhibitor with Novel Mechanisms of Action. 

Daniel Ventricelli,MPH, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, received $84,000 in funding from the City of Philadelphia to fund a student residency program for behavioral health pharmacy. Residence practice was developed in partnership with Community Behavioral Health, an organization contracted by the City of Philadelphia to provide mental health and substance use disorder services to Medicaid recipients.

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