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Professor Rob Spitale named 2017 Pew Scholar

Professor Rob Spitale named 2017 Pew Scholar

Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Robert Spitale is among 22 individuals nationwide named 2017 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences, one of the highest honors for early-career researchers. Spitale will receive $240,000 over the next four years from the Pew Charitable Trusts to develop powerful new tools for visualizing the production, localization and structure of RNA moleculesRead more about Professor Rob Spitale named 2017 Pew Scholar[…]

PharmSci Spotlight: Eric Samuels, PhD Candidate

PharmSci Spotlight: Eric Samuels, PhD Candidate

 PharmSci Spotlight: Eric Samuels, PhD Candidate Our PharmSci Spotlight highlights individuals in our department who are making a difference in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. Tell us about the research you are currently working on. I work in the Poulos Lab. In short, I am designing and developing CYP3A4 inhibitors as pharmacoenhancers.  What does this mean?  Well,Read more about PharmSci Spotlight: Eric Samuels, PhD Candidate[…]

$1.25 million gift will fund research for cancer therapy and regenerative medicine

$1.25 million gift will fund research for cancer therapy and regenerative medicine

A $1.25 million gift from Pharma Research Products Co., Ltd. will fund pharmaceutical biomaterials research in Professor Young Jik Kwon’s BioTherapeutics Engineering Laboratory (BioTEL) in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCI. BioTEL has been exploring innovative methods for efficient and safe delivery of therapeutic molecules such as drugs, nucleic acids, and proteins. With thisRead more about $1.25 million gift will fund research for cancer therapy and regenerative medicine[…]

Graduate Student Tuan Samdin receives Honorable Mention from Ford Foundation Fellowship

Graduate Student Tuan Samdin receives Honorable Mention from Ford Foundation Fellowship

Graduate student Tuan Samdin received an Honorable Mention from the 2017 pre-doctoral competition of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program. Congratulations Tuan! About Tuan Samdin Tuan was raised in the high deserts of Palmdale, CA where the average temperature in the summer was rarely below 90ºF. He attended UCB for the opportunity to explore his fascination with proteinsRead more about Graduate Student Tuan Samdin receives Honorable Mention from Ford Foundation Fellowship[…]

Spitale Lab awarded Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine Grant Award

Spitale Lab awarded Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine Grant Award

The Spitale Lab has been awarded the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine Grant Award. The award will support a pilot project to understand RNA synthesis in transplanted neuronal stem cells, once transplanted inside the living mouse brain. Their goal is to understand how RNA expression changes help transplanted cellsRead more about Spitale Lab awarded Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine Grant Award[…]

2017 RNA Symposium

2017 RNA Symposium

UCI’s 3rd annual RNA Symposium The UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the UCI Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics are proud to present UCI’s 3rd annual RNA Symposium. Join us for a day of presentations by renowned faculty, researchers, and professors from Yale, Caltech, UCLA, UCSD, and more.  A continental breakfast, lunch, and reception are included. AprilRead more about 2017 RNA Symposium[…]

Graduate student Victor Pham receives NSF Graduate Fellowship

Graduate student Victor Pham receives NSF Graduate Fellowship

Graduate student Victor Pham receives NSF Graduate Fellowship Victor Pham, a graduate student in Professor Xiaolin Zi’s lab, was selected for the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship which will provide funding for up to three years of doctoral education. Victor’s project, “Small nucleolar RNA and resistance to anti-androgen therapy,” is to investigate molecular mechanisms of small nucleolarRead more about Graduate student Victor Pham receives NSF Graduate Fellowship[…]

Graduate students present at 2017 Vertex Day

Graduate students present at 2017 Vertex Day

On February 9, over 40 guests joined us for Vertex Day, a research symposium featuring graduate students and postdocs from the departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry. As part of the Vertex Day tradition, a student, William Howitz, was selected as this year’s Vertex Scholar.   About Vertex Day Vertex Day at UCI is a one-day annual eventRead more about Graduate students present at 2017 Vertex Day[…]

2017 Vertex Lecture features Professor Scott Denmark from the University of Chicago

2017 Vertex Lecture features Professor Scott Denmark from the University of Chicago

Professor Scott Denmark from the University of Chicago joined us for this year’s Vertex Lecture to present his talk: “So you think you know the mechanism of the Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling Reaction.” About Professor Denmark Professor Denmark obtained an S.B. degree from MIT (1975). His graduate studies were carried out at the ETH-Zürich, culminating in a D.Sc. TechRead more about 2017 Vertex Lecture features Professor Scott Denmark from the University of Chicago[…]