Please join faculty and staff at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in congratulating the members of our MS in Regulatory Science Class of 2020. These individuals are now equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers and contribute to drug and biologics regulation and pharmaceutical product lifecycles.

PLEASE NOTE: The information provided below was self-submitted by members of the Class of 2020. The School of Pharmacy has made every effort to provide a complete and accurate listing of Class of 2020 spring graduates and their awards and honors. If we have made an error or omission, please accept our sincere apology and contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at so that we may correct this website.

Thomas Adriaens


MS in Regulatory Science

Bethelhem Alemayehu

MS in Regulatory Science

“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” — Proverbs 31:25

Favorite Memory: Attending the UMSOP 2019 Grad Gathering!

Note of Thanks: I am eternally grateful and blessed to have such a strong support system in my life. To my dad, mom, and brother: thank you for your love, encouragement, and for always keeping me in your prayers. I would not be where I am today without you. To my best friends: thank you for being a part of my journey these years. Your constant support and empowerment was so vital for me to be able to reach this milestone.

Jessika Alfaro

MS in Regulatory Science

“Be strong and courage. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." – Joshua 1:9

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank God, my mom, my dad, my daughters, my family, my teachers, and my friends for their love, support, and encouragement during my academic journey. And, a special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Polli for the kind support, encouragement, and direction that he provided me during my academic journey.

Isaac Botchey

MS in Regulatory Science

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” – Henry David Thoreau

Note of Thanks: I would like to thank God, my teachers, family, and wife for their support during this journey.

Kimberly Boucher

MS in Regulatory Science

“Change your thoughts, change your life.”

Note of Thanks: Sincere thank you and appreciation to Reina and Austin.

Jessica Chung

MS in Regulatory Science

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Pamela Downing

MS in Regulatory Science

“She’s a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibilities everywhere!”

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my classmate Pleshet Robinson for your support and motivation! Congratulations to you and the rest of our team. There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs!

Kimberly Finch

MS in Regulatory Science

MS in Regulatory Science

Alexander Gaffney

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Note of Thanks: With love, thanks and gratitude to my wife, Emily, who has supported me throughout this entire journey. With deep appreciation and thanks to the colleagues and mentors who encouraged and enabled my success in this program and in my career, including Ben I., Trine T., Matt C., Linda B., Aaron K., and Sherry K.

Mohammad Haider

MS in Regulatory Science

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Favorite Memory: My best memory from the program was the Grad Gathering at the School of Pharmacy, which provided a platform that allowed me to meet with all of our faculty members and alumni in person. It gave me a chance to interact with many experienced pharmaceutical professionals and helped me with networking.


Note of Thanks: I would like to thank all of the faculty members for the lectures, support, and guidance, enlightening us with their knowledge throughout the course. A special shout out to Sharese Essien and Dr. James Polli for their support. I am grateful to my teammates Beth, Isaac, and Iram, who showed that we can achieve anything when we work together. Last but not least, I would like to thank my wife for helping me through thick and thin as I worked to complete this course; without her, this would not have been possible.

Shimelis Hailu

MS in Regulatory Science

“Still in the school!”

Note of Thanks: Thank God.

Gbolahan Jonathan

MS in Regulatory Science

“If all of us could learn to love ourselves and others in the same measure, the world would be a much more better place. Love is everything.”

Favorite Memory: 11:59 p.m. on certain Sunday nights was the most dreadful time of my life over the last 18 months.


Note of Thanks: A big thank you to my wife and daughters who tolerated my absence from several activities and provided unending moral support. I would also like to thank my team members; they were very dedicated and responsive, and the team work was awesome. Finally, I thank Dr. Polli and Sharese Essien for being awesome coordinators.

Sharon McCoy

MS in Regulatory Science

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

“Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Favorite Memory: I will remember the colleagues on my assigned team and how we were ultimately able to tie together the may disparate ends into a really great final work product. I enjoyed getting to know them so very much!​

Note of Thanks: I really appreciate Dr. Polli's positive encouragement and Ms. Essien's persistent kindness and efficiency. I have learned a great deal from the learning materials in the program and appreciate the tremendous amount of work that must have been involved. I appreciate Dr. Palumbo's patience with my Blackboard foibles (technology has always been double-edged sword for me). Thanks to all of the faculty for taking the time to fully answer my questions either via Outlook or during the group web conferences. I appreciated these insights because they are from individuals actually working and doing research in the various fields that were presented. I wish you all the best and, again, many thanks!

R. Scott Murray

MS in Regulatory Science

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

"When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen."

Note of Thanks: Many thanks to my parents, family, and friends who stood by my side and encouraged me throughout the course of my MS in Regulatory Science. Without you and your support, I wouldn't be where I am today, and for that, I am honored and privileged to have you in my life. Additionally, I want to congratulate the Class of 2020. We have all worked so very hard for this achievement, and I wish nothing but the best for you all in your future endeavors.

Osemekhian Ogedegbe

MS in Regulatory Science

“The journey of a thousand miles starts and ends with a step.”

Favorite Memory: I attended a conference on campus one day and was surprised to find out that one of the speakers was my classmate.


Note of Thanks: A big thank you to my wife Olajumoke Ogedegbe and my four kids Praise Ogedegbe, Worship Ogedegbe, Amen Ogedegbe, and Halleluyah Ogedegbe for being there for me throughout the course of my study. I appreciate your support and encouragement. God bless you!

Mithil Patel

MS in Regulatory Science

“With the excellent education I gained here, the sky is the limit.”

Note of Thanks: I want to take this opportunity to thank my wife, who supported me in every way possible.

Jiaqi Peng

MS in Regulatory Science

Pleshet Robinson

MS in Regulatory Science

“I want to encourage everyone to treat life like a camera: First, you focus. Next, you capture. Then develop. And, if things don’t work out…take another shot.”

Note of Thanks: I would like to recognize Darrell Orr for coaching and mentoring me during my enrollment in this program. Darrell graduated from the School of Pharmacy in May 2016, and he volunteered to be one of the speakers for his graduating class. After having a positive experience, he encouraged me to join the program and provided sound guidance when I turned to him for assistance. It’s has been a phenomenal journey that was well worth my time and a great investment. I am now considering the PhD program in the near future. In the meantime, I will apply the information I have learned from this program in my career. I would also like to recognize my classmates from Team 5, Pamela Downing, Enas Sueliman, and Terri Tsui for your outstanding teamwork and contributions. Congratulations to you ladies and I wish you all in the best in your future goals. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Deepika Sebastian

MS in Regulatory Science

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

"Believe you can and you are half way there." - Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite Memory: The science-driven curriculum was appealing to me. Faculty and guest speakers incorporated their experiences and current industry trends into their lectures. The workshops conducted by the Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) were very informative and provided us with an opportunity to expand our regulatory and clinical knowledge. The MS in Regulatory Science program has been a wonderful experience for me. The faculty were supportive, while also challenging us to excel. As a working professional and a student at the same time, I was able to balance my workload.

Note of Thanks: Dr. James Polli, the director of the program, is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful to students who want to challenge themselves by choosing complicated science topics for their project work. I am also thankful to the course program manager, Sharese Essien, for her support throughout the course. Thanks to all of my professors, team members, and fellow students.

NaQuita Simpson

MS in Regulatory Science

"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain." ― Maya Angelou

Enas Suleiman Hajeh

MS in Regulatory Science

“One is a scholar as long as he keeps seeking knowledge, the moment he thinks that he has learned it all, he is ignorant.” – Ibn Al Mubarak.

"The first secret of success: believe in yourself."

Favorite Memory: The day I was accepted into the program was one of the most important days of my life. I truly enjoyed working with the amazing colleagues on my team (Pleshet, Pamela, and Terri). Thanks to you all.​

Note of Thanks: Dr. Polli, words are powerless to express my gratitude to you. Thank you for accepting me into this program. You are always very kind, patient, and helpful, and you truly care about your profession and your students. My amazing mom, who has always been my support system. I love you, Mama. My best friend and Husband, I am grateful for your love and support. And, my precious twins, I am always trying to make them proud of me. Thank you all so much.

Terry Tsui


MS in Regulatory Science

Academic Distinction: Phi Lambda Sigma

Note of Thanks: Thank you to my family and friends for all the love and support!

Kressen Viswanathan

MS in Regulatory Science

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