Two Ohio State College of Pharmacy Students Receive AFPE Fellowships

Daniel Helfand

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is proud to announce that graduate students Ji Hye Kim and Charlie Pyle have received American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) pre-doctoral fellowships.

The AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program recognizes outstanding pre-doctoral students who have completed at least three semesters of graduate study, and helps them to continue their studies and earn doctorates in the pharmaceutical sciences. Kim and Pyle will receive $6,500 stipends to aid with their current research projects. 

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Kim holds a bachelor of science in pharmacy and a master of science in pharmaceutics from Seoul National University. She began the pharmaceutics program at Ohio State in autumn 2008.  A member of College of Pharmacy Professor Thomas Schmittgen’s lab, her current research explores miRNA-based therapeutic options by using targeted microvesicles as a unique delivery method for treating hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common form of liver cancer.


Pyle earned his bachelor of science in biology from the University of Akron and also holds a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree from Ohio State. He began his research in the translational science program after the completion of his PharmD in 2010. He is a member of Professor Daren Knoell’s lab; his current research involves using zinc to defend against microbial invasion through the zinc importer ZIP8.

Annually, AFPE awards only 44 fellowships stipends like the ones Kim and Pyle received.