Welcome to the latest edition of the College of Pharmacy enews.

At our homecoming tailgate, I was thrilled to share that we exceeded our But for Ohio State campaign goal with a total of $23 million contributed to the College of Pharmacy. While much of these donations have been given to support programs, research or new positions, our endowment has also grown from about $13 million to just over $17 million. That's worth celebrating! Our faculty, staff, alumni and friends have been key in increasing the number of scholarships available to our students through their continuing generosity. Notably, the Pharmacy Alumni Society has given more than $150,000 to a newly endowed scholarship. Ohio State couldn't accomplish all we do without your ongoing support. As we continue forward we will need to address major facilities issues at the college. I know that once again, we can count on our Buckeyes to take the lead in helping create a Parks Hall of the future.

Best wishes,



September Research Grants

Rajgopal Govindarajan received $315,623 from the National Cancer Institute for "epigenetic priming in pancreatic cancer chemotherapy."

Peixuan Guo received $553,079 from the National Cancer Institute for "optimizing RNA nanoparticles size and shape for enhancing cancer targeting and treatment." See Guo's story on the full grant below.

Mamuka Kvaratskhelia received $191,696 from The Scripps Research Institute for "HIV macromolecular interactions and impact on viral evolution of drug resistance."

Lara Sucheston-Campbell received $31,505 from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute for "genetic susceptibility to acute lymphocytic and myeloid leukemia."

Guo Awarded Prestigious NIH Grant

Peixuan Guo, PhD, Sylvan G. Frank Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, has been awarded a $2.79 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify and optimize RNA nanoparticles for cancer targeting and treatment. Guo hopes to someday promote RNA nanoparticles as a new generation of drugs for the treatment of cancers. Learn more


Student Voices: Erica Rowane Bautista: My Summer Internship with Merck

This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern with Merck at their headquarters site in Kenilworth, NJ. I was assigned to the Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism (PPDM) Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Excretion (ADME) department. Learn more


The College of Pharmacy Celebrates American Pharmacists Month

October is American Pharmacists Month. This year and every year, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy joins its colleagues in celebrating the accomplishments of pharmacists as integral members of the health care team. Learn more


News and Notes

Congratulations to Tehane Ali, a grad student in Liva Rakotondraibe's lab, for winning The Phytochemical Society of North America's (PSNA) Best Poster Award. Ali's work on "understanding the biosynthesis of bioactive secondary metabolites from Penicillium chrysogenum" provides new insight on the differentiation of natural and non-natural bioactive compounds from fungal cultures. Ali received the award at PSNA's annual meeting.


College of Pharmacy APPE students Andrea Clark, Erin DeLong and Kevin So are on rotation at Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. During Hurricane Matthew, these students stayed the night at the hospital to continue to care for patients throughout the storm's arrival on the Atlantic Coast.


Congratulations to Jay Mirtallo, Toledo College of Pharmacy's 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor and distinction the college bestows on an alum. Mirtallo was recognized for his outstanding career achievements in pharmacy and the healthcare field within research, teaching, administration and publications.



Congratulations to Marialice Bennett, BS '69, who received the Josephine Sitterle Failer Alumni Award from the Ohio State Alumni Association for her service to students.


Pharmacy students are busy planning for our annual Chili Cookoff, which will be held November 18 at the 4-H Center. Mark your calendars!


Ohio State is making a heroin antidote available to students. Pharmacy student Kelsey Shmuhl is spearheading this effort in collaboration with the Student Health Center through Partner for Promotion. Watch WBNS 10TV's news story on the university's effort here.


AAPS Alumni and Friends Reception
Denver, CO


Dinner for 12 Buckeyes
Longaberger Alumni House, Columbus


ASHP Alumni Reception at Mid-Year Meeting
Las Vegas