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

I recently had the opportunity to join faculty, staff students and friends at our annual Scholarship Luncheon. This year, the college was able to offer nearly $2 million in privately funded student aid. For many students, this generosity serves not only to ease the burden of the financial costs of education, but it offers a chance at a future that otherwise seems impossible. It caused me to think back to one of my favorite quotes, by Sir Isaac Newton: "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." To me, it speaks to the vast impact and rippling effect of mentors and donors like the ones we have at Ohio State. I hope each of you have a giant in your life, and have an opportunity to be a giant yourself. If you would like to be a giant for the College of Pharmacy, our But for Ohio State Campaign closes on September 27. You can give online to help us continue to support our faculty and students.

Best wishes,



August Awards

Sharyn Baker received $343,388 from the National Cancer Institute for Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors for the Treatment of Childhood AML.

Peixuan Guo received $170,390 from the National Cancer Institute via North Dakota State University for RNA therapeutics for targeted treatment of colon cancer.

Robert Lee received $168,000 from Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for Synthesis and Evaluation of cRGD (or folate)-LCAN-Archexin (Archexin-Nano.

Alexa Sevin received $5,000 from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research & Education Foundation for clinical pharmacists and performance on clinical quality measures in federally qualified health centers in Ohio.

Marcia Worley Appointed Pharmacy Practice and Science Division Chair

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that Marcia M. Worley, PhD, RPh, FAPhA has been selected as the new Pharmacy Practice and Science Division Chair, effective October 1. A professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Ohio State since 2015, Worley replaces Daren Knoell, PharmD, who has taken a position at the University of Nebraska. Upon her appointment, Worley becomes the second female to serve as division chair in the college. Learn more


Ohio State Researchers Uncover New Approaches for Combating HIV

The AIDS epidemic remains a key global health issue, with approximately 36 million people worldwide currently infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the causative agent of AIDS. Use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) have enabled healthcare professionals to transform a once deadly infection into a chronic illness for patients with access to them. Yet being an ART patient means life-long treatments and the threat of increasingly resistant HIV-1 strains that compromise drug therapy. Mamuka Kvaratskhelia, PhD, Kimberly Professor at the Ohio State College of Pharmacy and Center for Retrovirus Research, and his research group have uncovered a new mechanism for halting the spread of infectious viruses that could pave the way for therapies to combat emerging HIV-1 strains resistant to currently available treatments. These findings are reported in the August 25 issue of Cell, the eminent life sciences journal. Learn more


Pharmacy Researcher Receives Prestigious NIH MIRA Grant

Yizhou Dong, PhD, an assistant professor of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the College of Pharmacy, has been awarded the esteemed Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) by National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS). The award serves to support all research in an investigator's laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS, stabilizing funding that could enhance the ability to take on ambitious scientific projects and approach problems more creatively. Dong's five-year grant of $1.89 million will be used to study cell-specific and multifunctional drug formulation for in vivo delivery. Learn more


Homecoming Weekend September 30 - October 2

The College of Pharmacy Alumni Society has a wide of array of events to keep you in the spirit for Alumni Weekend, September 30 - October 2:


Friday, September 30 

Pharmacy Happy Hour and Networking

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The Fawcett Center


Coach's Club Community and Ambulatory Care Residency 20th Anniversary Celebration 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Barrister's Club


Pharmacy All-Class Reunion Dinner

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The Fawcett Center


Saturday, October 1

Alumni Society Tailgate

Biomedical Research Tower Lobby


Sunday, October 2

Class of 1966 Alumni Brunch

Hosted by the Ohio State University Alumni Association

Ohio Union


Learn more about these events here. Hope to see you there!


Alumni Continuing Professional Development Symposium September 30

Join us for this event featuring expert practitioners providing the latest information on national pharmacy issues, including provider status initiatives and clinical topics including diabetes, pain management and medication safety. Learn from these knowledgeable pharmacists about new treatments and the latest issues surrounding patient care. There will be 6.25 hours of ACPE accredited CE including 2 hours of patient safety CE offered at this event. Learn more




Buckeye Book Club


Volunteer Preceptor at Martin Janis Senior Center


Dinner for 12 Buckeyes