UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences News

Dean Early leads in Leadership Fellows program

Dean Early is currently serving as a Leadership Facilitator for the Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP). He was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as a result of his highly successful leadership career and his experience and insight into leadership. The role of the Leadership Facilitator is to provide guidance and feedback on the Fellows’ individual personal and professional goals, as well as team projects.

The Academic Leadership Fellows Program is focused on the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. Fellows build relationships with colleagues from other institutions and from within the college and university. Each ALFP cohort has 30 Fellows, most of whom are mid-level faculty in pharmaceutical science, pharmacy practice, or Social and Administrative Sciences and have some type of current or projected leadership role in their college/school of pharmacy.

This year’s cohort of Fellows includes one UT faculty member, Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, an associate professor of medicinal chemistry and director of the newly established Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence. A UT alumnus, Oscar Garza, is also a fellow this year. Dr. Garza earned a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Toledo and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Medicinal Chemistry grad student is inspired by personal medical journey

By Emily Esakov 

Emily Esakov’s parents with her sister, Ellen Esakov, at one month old

Emily’s parents, Sandra and David Esakov, with her sister, Ellen, at one month old

Photo Emily Esakov

Emily Esakov at one month old with her father, David

We were born at 26 weeks gestation on Dec. 11, 1989. I weighed 800grams (1 pound 12 ounces); my sister Ellen weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces, and my brother David weighed two pounds, two ounces. Our parents enrolled us in a clinical trial using a synthetic surfactant to help our lungs mature, which ultimately led to our survival.

I was anemic and had multiple lung diseases due to severe prematurity. I experienced episodes of lung collapse as well as a small hole in my heart (PFO) that closed with age (although I still have a murmur). I stayed in Akron Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit for about three months and was discharged with my siblings on March 17, 1990.

Because we were premature, our development was delayed, not walking or speaking until around two years of age, but we had all caught up by the time we were in first grade.

Emily Esakov was the college's Student of the Month for September 2015.

Emily Esakov was the college’s Student of the Month for September 2015.

I grew up aware that our situation was unique, but it wasn’t until college that I truly understood the impact of the medical experiences my siblings and I had and how the odds had been stacked against us. Then, I really understood the miracle of us all being healthy adults today.

My pursuit of a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and a career in biomedical research is, in part, to help others fight against the odds stacked against them, just as the doctors and medical team did for my siblings and me.

Open House: Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence

The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences cordially invites you to attend the opening of the Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence.   The open house will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016, beginning at 12 o’ clock noon.  You will have the opportunity to see new acquisitions made by the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and hear more details of our growing partnership.  In addition, Dr. Richard van Breemen, Professor of Medical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy and Director of the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, will give a scientific talk to highlight the capabilities of the instrumentation acquired.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation, is devoted to the education and training of the next generation of scientists and the growth of the scientific enterprise in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  Through this partnership, state-of-the-art equipment for pharmaceutical analysis will be available to students, faculty and members of the corporate sector, all with the support of trained and knowledgeable experts in the area of pharmaceutical research.

Please RSVP to Cynthia Tierney, CYNTHIA.TIERNEY@utoledo.edu, if you would like to attend this event.  Refreshments will be served.

Shimadzu flyer

UT Health’s Dr. Sari comments on buprenorphine

Just months ago, the Ohio legislature approved the use of buprenorphine, an ingredient in the drug Suboxone, for the treatment of opioid dependence. Dr. Youssef Sari commented on the use and safety of this medication in an interview on WTOL 11.

Dr. Sari is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Visit his faculty page for more information about his research.

Cosmetic Science students in national spotlight

Dr. Gabriella Baki, far left, with students from the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program

Dr. Gabriella Baki, far left, with students from the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program

In fall 2015, the P1 and P2 Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design students attended an educational seminar about advanced skin care organized by the Michigan Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) chapter. SCC is the national organization for the cosmetic and personal care industry. At the seminar, which was held in Grand Rapids, Mich., most of the P2 students presented posters to the industrial attendees.

UT students represented the only population of students at the meeting, as our college’s Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program is the only one of its kind in the nation.  The Michigan SCC chapter covered the cost of the 2016 SCC membership fee for UT students.

Five UT cosmetic science students – one from the MS in Industrial Pharmacy program and four P2 Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design students – were invited and sponsored by the national SCC office to attend the annual SCC meeting, which took place in Manhattan, NY in December 2015. Each of the invited students presented posters at this event, which welcomed nearly 1,000 attendees from all over the US and Europe. Students received complimentary registration and hotel accommodations in addition to $250 toward travel expenses.

Congratulations to Drs. Petite and Pattin

Dr. Sarah Petite, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, is now a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

Dr. Anthony Pattin, also an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, is the inaugural recipient of the advanced faculty scholars program, which is a joint venture between the NACDS Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Photo of the Month


Mary Cone, daughter of the late Gilbert Siegel, recently brought her family to visit UT’s Main Campus and see the display in Wolfe Hall that honors her father. Gil, a member of the Class of 1928, also served on the faculty. While on campus, Jeffery and James Cone, Mary’s sons, presented the college with a check of $3000 in honor of Mary and in Memory of Gilbert and Janeice Siegel. The support will be applied to the Siegel Endowed Scholarship fund.

One Step Closer to a Cure

arantesVandressa Arantes, as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, completed her summer research internship in Dr. Tiwari’s Cancer Chemotherapy Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Vandressa was a part of drug-discovery team in Dr. Tiwari’s lab. The team evaluates the anticancer activity of a novel class of targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) belonging to the quinazoline class. Their target-based approach focuses on compounds that are designed and synthesized to work against ‘resistant’ solid tumors. These TKIs are designed ensure maximum effects of chemotherapy with minimal side-effects.

Vandressa spent her summer looking at the effects of a series of novel compounds on a panel of resistant and metastatic breast, colorectal and prostate cancer cell lines and comparing their effects to their normal counterparts.

To learn more about Dr. Tiwari’s work, visit his faculty web page. His lab is looking for undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research on these exciting anti-cancer drugs.

Learning outside the Book

Jeremy Canfield photo

Jeremy Canfield, BSPS ’15, valedictorian of the 2015 B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences class, shares his advice on learning beyond the pages of the textbook.

Throughout my college career, I have learned many valuable lessons, both inside and outside of the classroom. I found it is extremely important to manage your time wisely and discipline yourself because everything you do in college is for your own benefit.

When I first started my journey here at Toledo, I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited, but very nervous to begin this new chapter in my life. It was hard starting over again and meeting new people, but I got through it just as you all did. From our PP1 year all the way to our P2 year, it may have been hard, but we made it. After everything, The College of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences has increased my passion for the pharmaceutical sciences and prepared me for a career. I gained a lot of hands on experience which I found to be more valuable than anything I could’ve read about in a book.

Over the past three years, one thing I found out about college is that in order to have the most enjoyable time, you have to get out of your comfort zone. That wasn’t easy for me, but with the help of some good friends, I started to try more new things. I realized college isn’t just about the courses you take and how you do on exams, it’s also about the people you meet and the experiences you have.

It’s hard to believe that it’s coming to an end already. But just as we began a new chapter when we started here at Toledo, today is the beginning of the next chapter in our lives. Whether we are continuing school or entering into the work force, we are all well prepared for what lies ahead.

Welcome from the Office of Student Affairs

Dear CPPS Students:

We hope you have had a great summer!

Please keep in mind the staff in CPPS Student Affairs offices is here to assist you. Have questions about your schedule? Want to get a tutor? Just need someone to talk to? Stop in to 1227 Wolfe Hall on Main Campus and 155HEB in the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center on the Health Science Campus. We look forward to helping you have a successful semester.

Also, look for newsletters that will be sent to you by e-mail each week from our office.  Our newsletters will contain important information about our college, student organizations, and upcoming events.

Lastly, as we get ready to start the fall semester and the new academic year, we want to share some updates from our Student Affairs offices.  We have two personnel updates:

  1. Please welcome Tana Felkey as our new secretary in the Office of Student Affairs on the Main Campus.  We encourage you to introduce yourself to Tana when you’re in Wolfe Hall on the Main Campus.
  2. Please welcome Denise Busdeker as our new secretary in the Office of Student Affairs on the Health Science Campus.  We encourage you to introduce yourself to Denise when you’re in the Wolfe Center on the Health Science Campus.

We are excited for the new academic year and looking forward to seeing you soon!

Welcome back & Go Rockets!

Dr. Mary Powers Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman
Professor and Associate Dean Professor and Associate Dean
Main Campus Student Affairs Health Science Campus Student Affairs
and Enrollment Management and Diversity