PHD/MS IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (PSC)

Please join faculty and staff at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in congratulating the members of our PhD and MS in PSC Class of 2020. These individuals have dedicated their studies to understanding the mechanisms behind drug discovery and development and are now prepared to embark on rewarding careers across academia, government, and industry.

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 marketing@rx.umaryland.edu so that we may correct this website.

MS in PSC

Ashley Lykins

Master of Science

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Note of Thanks: To my amazing parents, thank you for instilling me with a love of learning and all of your emotional and financial support over the last 25 years. Thank you for your unconditional selflessness and love, your countless sacrifices, for always answering my late night phone calls, and for all of the advice along the way. To my beautiful sister, thank you for being my best friend and fiercest supporter. Thank you for raising the best little "peanut" anyone could ask for. Lorelei, thank you for always being the light on the darkest days and the sweetest little ball of energy in my life. Auntie Ash loves you more than words can say. To the rest of my family and friends, thank you for your love and unwavering support. It truly does take an army.

PhD in PSC

Luke Brewer

Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Brandon Drennen

Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Moshe Honick

Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Chad Johnson

Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Favorite Memory: Departmental holiday parties, volleyball games, candidacy celebrations, good times at Pickles – the camaraderie among the SOP family created a welcoming environment that I enjoyed working in every day.

Note of Thanks: I would like to express my appreciation for my advisor, Dr. Andrew Coop. His support, guidance, and encouragement have fostered my development as a scientist. His encouragement to explore areas that would best fit my future career goals shows how dedicated he is to seeing his students succeed. Dr. Coop taught me what it means to be an interdisciplinary scientist and how to bridge my work with other disciplines. Because of this, I am a better scientist and believe I will be more effective in an academic setting. He has been a great mentor, a good listening ear, and a great friend. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time in his laboratory. Drs. Steven Fletcher, Alexander MacKerell, Edward Moreton, and James Woods for their instruction and constructive comments regarding my project/thesis. Their feedback motivated me to work harder and make my project and thesis the best they could be. My collaborators Drs. James Woods, Gail Winger, Emily Jutkiewicz, Jack Bergman, and Brian Kangas for their patience in teaching me pharmacology, advice for my future career path, and for their support with this project. I would also like to thank Dr. Kellie Hom for all of her help setting up and analyzing NMR experiments. My time here would not have been nearly as enjoyable if not for my labmates/colleagues/classmates. I enjoyed our volleyball/intramural games and outings together. I am also grateful for the friends that I have outside of the department who made the weekends fun when I could take a break from working in the laboratory. I would never have reached this point if not for my mother, Shelia Johnson. She is a wonderful mother who has supported me through everything and loved me unconditionally. She established within me a hard work ethic, taught me to always strive for the best and love others, and to never take any blessings for granted. My mother has always been my source of encouragement and strength. I am truly grateful that she is my best friend. My extended family has always been there for me as well. I am grateful for their support and love over the years.

Shamir Kalaria

Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Sagar Shukla

Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

Hechuan Wang

Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Distinction: RhoChi

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