College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

CPPS Undergraduate Research Opportunities

 Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

Research Courses offered by the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry by arrangement with the instructor:

MBC 4780            Practicum in Medicinal Chemistry
MBC 4900            Honors Seminar
MBC 4910            Problems in Biomedicinal Chemistry (usually taken for independent study or literature study outside of laboratory work)
MBC 4960            Honors Thesis
MBC 4950            Research in Medicinal Chemistry 

For students who intend to pursue the 5-year BSPS/MS in Medicinal Chemistry:

Coordinate your undergraduate research experiences with the intended master’s research to gain efficiency and to increase productivity in MS thesis research. Select a practicum, Honors Seminar/Research and/or Research in Medicinal Chemistry from the professor with whom you propose to write your master’s thesis. This experience will enable you to enter MS program and to get results in MS thesis research faster.

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich

Office Location and Number:  Wolfe Hall 2219
Office Phone Number:  419 530-1940
Faculty Email:  amanda.bryant-friedrich@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/mbc/faculty-abryant.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Independent and site-specific generation of reactive intermediates encountered in nucleic acid damage
  • Elucidation of mechanisms involved in the oxidative damage of nucleic acids from endogenous and exogenous sources with an emphasis on radiation damage and oxidative stress
  • Identification of biomarkers of oxidative stress resulting from oxidative damage to DNA and RNA
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Synthesis of naturally occurring and synthetically modified nucleic acids for the treatment of Hepatitis C
  • Synthesis and evaluation of potential drug candidates for the treatment of addiction
  • Independent and site-specific generation of reactive intermediates encountered in nucleic acid damage
  • Elucidation of mechanisms involved in the oxidative damage of nucleic acids from endogenous and exogenous sources with an emphasis on radiation damage and oxidative stress
  • Identification of biomarkers of oxidative stress resulting from oxidative damage to DNA and RNA
  • Factors prohibiting the inclusion and advancement of women and minorities in the culture of STEM disciplines
Additional information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
  • Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
    • Research experiences usually involve synthetic organic techniques.  Familiarity and comfort with this area of endeavor is required.

Dr. Marcia McInerney

Office Location and Number: HEB145F
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1905
Faculty Email: marcia.mcinerney@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/mbc/faculty-mmcinerney.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Molecular engineering of plasmids to make new transgenic models of diabetes
  • Phenotyping of diabetic models
  • Inflammation in adipose tissue in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Bioconjugates for immunomodulation
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Molecular engineering of plasmids to make new transgenic models of diabetes
  • Phenotyping of diabetic  models
  • Inflammation in adipose tissue in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Bioconjugates for immunomodulation
 Additional information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes, independent study
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?    No
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Isaac Schiefer

Office Location and Number: HEB 284C
Office Phone Number:419.383.1935
Faculty Email: isaac.schiefer@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/mbc/faculty-ischiefer.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Design and synthesis of new Alzheimer’s Disease drug candidates
  • Evaluation of New molecules in mouse model of Alzheimer’s Disease
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • None at this time
 Additional information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  No
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   No
  • Do you have research available for pay?  No

 Dr. Zahoor Shah

Office Location and Number: 294A HEB/Fredrick and Mary Wolfe Center
Office Phone Number: 419.383.1587
Faculty Email: zahoor.shah@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/mbc/faculty-zshah.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Furoxans as a Novel Neuroprotective Agent against Ischemic Stroke
  • Neurobehavioral Effects of Intracerebral Hemorrhage on Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Mice
  • Resveratrol induces heme oxygenase-1 expression in PC12 cells subjected to oxidative stress
  • Role of cilia in ischemic stroke
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Role of Angiotensinogen in different types of stroke
  • Development and testing of small molecules as therapeutics in Zebra fish Alzheimer ’s disease model
  • Role of cytoskeletal proteins in hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke
  • Development of small molecules for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke therapy
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Viranga Tillekeratne

Office Location and Number: WO 2203/HEB 282A
Office Phone Number: 419 530-1983
Faculty Email: ltillek@utnet.utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/mbc/faculty-vtillekeratne.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Chemical and Biological Studies of a New Class of Selective Anticancer Agents
  • Synthesis of a New Class of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors
  • Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors with Tropolone as the Metal-Binding Group
  • Synthesis of a Fluorescent Probe Molecule for Target Protein Identification
  • Synthesis of largazole analogues with modified surface recognition hydrophobic cap groups
  • Synthesis of Novel Open Chain Epothilone Analogues
  • Synthesis of electrocatalysts for electrochemical detection of thiol biomarkers
  • Structure-Activity Relationship of Betulinic Acid Analogues as Potential Anti-Arthritic Agents
  • Completing the Structure-Activity Relationship Profile of a Class of New Anti-Cancer Compounds
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Synthesis and biological evaluation of anticancer agents
Additional Information 
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Katherine Wall

Office Location and Number: HEB 284A (Wolfe Center)
Office Phone Number: 419 383-1943
Faculty Email: katherine.wall@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/mbc/faculty-kwall.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students? (listed since 2008)

  • Ramadan Ali, UT Honors Thesis, 2008, “The Characterization of Anti-Cancer Monoclonal Antibodies”
  • Petar Saric, UT Honors Thesis, 2009-10, “The Effects of Interleukin-12 on Murine Natural Killer Cells”
  • Abdulkareem Alanezi, UT Pharmaceutics Internship, 2011, Synthesis of membrane permeant NAADP-AM
  • Alexander Salyer, UT Honors Thesis, 2011, “Mouse Anti-Rhamnose Antibody Production”
  • Neal Naveen, Miami University, summer volunteer, 2012, Cytokine ELISA assays
  • Steven Dudics, 2012, Interferon ELISA assays
  • Christina Camick, UT MBC Internship and Honors Thesis, 2012-13, “Determination of Calcium Flux for T-Cell Subsets”
  • Katherine Wiles, UT PTOX Internship, 2013, Calcium signaling in T cells with NAADP
  • Clayton Rice, UT Chem. Eng., 2015, Development of an NAD photoaffinity analog and enzyme assay
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Assays associated with a synthetic glycoprotein anti-cancer vaccine
  • Studies of NAADP-mediated calcium signaling in T cells
 Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   Maybe
  • Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
    • Prefer students with some background in Immunology or Biochemistry
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Department of Pharmacology

Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi

Office Location and Number: HEB 282E
Office Phone Number: 419.383.1949
Faculty Email: Wissam.Abou-Alaiwi@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/pharmacology/faculty-aboualaiwi.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Study the effects of pharmacological agents on cardiovascular and kidney function.
  • The function of endothelial cilia in hypertension
  • The effect of muscarinic modulators on cilia length and function
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • The effect of muscarinic modulators on cilia length and function
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr.  F. Scott Hall

Office Location and Number: HEB 282D
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1504
Faculty Email: frank.hall@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/pharmacology/faculty-FSHall.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Mechanisms mediating the lethal and toxic effects of synthetic psychoactive cathinones (e.g. bath salts): this project involves LD50 studies of synthetic psychoactive cathinones in mice, biochemical and histological analyses of post mortem tissues, and studies in genetically modified mice in order to determine the mechanisms that might underlie the lethal effects of these drugs of abuse.
  • The dopamine transporter knockout mouse as an animal model of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): The PI has helped to establish the dopamine transporter knockout mouse as an animal model of ADHD. Recent and current projects expand upon this model investigating attentional function and the effects of current, and putative, ADHD medications in the model.
  • Mechanisms underlying the escalation of ethanol consumption in mice: Escalation of ethanol consumption is an important aspect of alcohol dependence. The PI has demonstrated the involvement of monoamine transporters in this process. Current studies investigate the biochemical concomitants of escalation and how these might be altered in genetically modified mice.
  • Differences in responses to social isolation in adolescence in male and female mice: Social isolation produces profound behavioral disturbances. The PI has recently shown that these responses different in males and females. Current research investigates the biological mechanisms that underlie these different responses in male and female mice.
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Mechanisms mediating the lethal and toxic effects of synthetic psychoactive cathinones (e.g. bath salts): this project involves LD50 studies of synthetic psychoactive cathinones in mice, biochemical and histological analyses of post mortem tissues, and studies in genetically modified mice in order to determine the mechanisms that might underlie the lethal effects of these drugs of abuse.
  • The dopamine transporter knockout mouse as an animal model of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): The PI has helped to establish the dopamine transporter knockout mouse as an animal model of ADHD. Recent and current projects expand upon this model investigating attentional function and the effects of current, and putative, ADHD medications in the model.
  • Mechanisms underlying the escalation of ethanol consumption in mice: Escalation of ethanol consumption is an important aspect of alcohol dependence. The PI has demonstrated the involvement of monoamine transporters in this process. Current studies investigate the biochemical concomitants of escalation and how these might be altered in genetically modified mice.
  • Differences in responses to social isolation in adolescence in male and female mice: Social isolation produces profound behavioral disturbances. The PI has recently shown that these responses different in males and females. Current research investigates the biological mechanisms that underlie these different responses in male and female mice.
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
  • Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
    • All research involves live animals (mice).

Dr. Ming-Cheh Liu

Office Location and Number:  HEB294C
Office Phone Number:  (419) 383-1918
Faculty Email:  ming.liu@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page:  https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/pharmacology/faculty-mliu.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Sulfation of drugs by the cytosolic sulfotransferases (SULTs)
  • Effects of the genetic polymorphisms of the SULTs on drug sulfation
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Similar projects as indicated above but on different drugs or toxicants
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes

  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?  No

Dr. Youssef Sari

Office Location and Number: HEB282G
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1507
Faculty Email: youssef.sari@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/pharmacology/faculty-YSari.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Research projects in alcohol dependence. Testing drugs for the treatment of alcohol dependence using alcohol-preferring rat model for alcoholism.
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Effects of drugs targeting glutamate transporter for the attenuation of alcohol consumption and relapse to alcohol.
  • Effects of therapeutics drugs for the treatment of co-abuse of alcohol and cocaine
  • Effects of therapeutics drugs for the treatment of co-abuse of alcohol and nicotine
  • Effects of therapeutics drugs for the treatment of co-abuse of alcohol and morphine
  • Effects of therapeutics drugs for the treatment of co-abuse of alcohol and marijuana
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
  • Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
    • Our preclinical lab in Drug Abuse and Neurodegeneration is looking for students who are committed and motivated to be involved in research involving the topics listed above.

Dr. Amit K. Tiwari

Office Location and Number: HEB282
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1913
Faculty Email: amit.tiwari@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/pharmacology/faculty-tiwari.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Cancer Chemotherapy - Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics
  • Overcoming Multidrug Resistance in Cancer
  • Drug Discovery & Experimental Therapeutics  - Targeting resistant and aggressive cancers of the colon, prostate and breast.
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Overcoming multidrug resistance mediated by ABCG2 transporters in cancer cells.
  • Drug Discovery & Experimental Therapeutics - Targeting resistant and aggressive colorectal cancer
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
  • Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
    • In last 2 semesters 5 BSPS (Pharmacology major) students were trained in Dr. Tiwari’s lab that resulted in 2 submitted publications, 5 abstracts and 2 manuscripts in preparation. Overall, exit interviews with students revealed high-level of satisfaction in their research experience in cancer chemotherapy laboratories in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Dr. Frederick Williams

Office Location and Number: Wolfe Center 284
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1991
Faculty Email: Frederick.williams2@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/pharmacology/fwilliams.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical exposure and developmental toxicity
  • Behavioral assessments
  • Animal models of human disease using zebrafish
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical exposure and developmental toxicity
  • Behavioral assessments
  • Animal models of human disease using zebrafish
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
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Department of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Gabriella Baki

Office Location and Number: HEB 114
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1973
aculty Email: Gabriella.Baki@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/gbaki.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Wetting and disintegrations studies of orally disintegrating studies
  • Studying aesthetics of cosmetic products (included a small clinical study)
  • Studying microbead-containing cosmetics and personal care products
  • Formulating and evaluating topical pharmaceutical products with enhanced drug delivery
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Studying aesthetics of cosmetic products (included a small clinical study)
  • Studying microbead-containing cosmetics and personal care products
  • Formulating and evaluating topical pharmaceutical products with enhanced drug delivery
  • Formulating and testing sunscreens with regular and nano-size ingredients
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Bryan Bishop

Office Location and Number: 135 L
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1508
Faculty Email: bryan.bishop2@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-bbishop.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • N/A
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Pharmacy bibliometric research
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Sai HS. Boddu

Office Location and Number: HEB114G
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1959
Faculty Email:sboddu@utnet.utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-sboddu.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Stephanski M. Development of Ricinoleic acid Microemulsions for Ocular Administration of Dexamethasone, Spring, 2012
  • Dongjin Kang. Development of Ricinoleic acid Microemulsions for Ocular Administration of Dexamethasone, Summer, 2014
  • Howard MS, Intravenous Compatibility of Conivaptan Hydrochloride with Select Cardiovascular Medications, Summer, 2014
  • Jakimczuk PJ, Compatibility of argatroban injection with select antiarrhythmic drugs.  Summer, 2014
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Studying the ocular absorption of drugs
  • Looking at the percutaneous absorption of drugs
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
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Dr. Mariann D. Churchwell

Office Location and Number: HEB 114E
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1567
Faculty Email: mariann.churchwell@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-mchurchwell.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
Published papers that resulted from projects with students (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate)and pharmacy practice residents
  • Dotson B, Lynn S, Savakis K, Churchwell MD. Physical Compatibility of 4% Sodium Citrate with Selected Antimicrobial Agents. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2010 Jul 15;67(14):1195-8.
  • Dotson B, Churchwell MD. Physical Compatibility of Catheter Lock Solutions with 4% Sodium Citrate and 18% Saline, Fluconazole, and Micafungin. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2011 Mar 1;68(5):377-8.
  • Martha C, Boddu SH, Churchwell MD. Physical compatibility of sodium citrate with alcohol and cefepime. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2013 Jun 1;70(11):932-7.
  • Howard MS, Boddu SH, Mauro VF, Churchwell MD. Compatibility of conivaptan injection with select cardiovascular medications. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2014 Sep 15;71(18):1534-5. Erratum in: Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2014 Nov 1;71(21):1830.
  • Jakimczuk PJ, Churchwell MD, Howard MS, Mauro VF, Alexander KS, Boddu SH. Compatibility of argatroban injection with select antiarrhythmic drugs. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2014 Nov 1;71(21):1831-2.
  • Arendt DD, Mauro VM, Churchwell MD. Pharmacy pearls to prevent pharmacy perils. Ohio Pharmacist 2016 March/April
Manuscripts under preparation from projects with students and/or pharmacy residents
  • Khan A, Churchwell M, Gundrum T, Malhotra D. Predictors of resistance to erythropoietin therapy in chronic kidney disease.
  • Wei Y, Yang W, Boddu S.H.S, Jung R, Churchwell MD.  Compatibility, stability, and efficacy of vancomycin combined with gentamicin or ethanol in sodium citrate as a catheter lock solution.
Current projects with students
  • Allen S, Thompson E, Churchwell M, Jung R Antiplatelet Therapy in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Following Acute Coronary Syndrome.
  • Retrospective chart review. Data collection through summer 2016
  • Bale A. Scheiderer C. Boddu S.H.S, Jung R, Churchwell MD.  Compatibility, stability, and efficacy of cefazolin combined with or ethanol in sodium citrate as a catheter lock solution.

What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?

  • Compatibility studies for summer 2017
  • Retrospective chart review summer 2016
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Aaron Lengel

Office Location and Number: HEB135B
Office Phone Number: 419.383.1924
Faculty Email: aaron.lengel@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/Aaron_Lengel.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Eid D, Meagher R, Lengel A. The impact of pharmacist interventions on herpes zoster vaccination rates. Consult Pharm 2015 Aug; 30(8): 459-462.
  • Petrarca AM, Lengel AJ, Mangan MN. Inappropriate Medication Use in the Elderly. Consult Pharm. 2012 Aug;27:583-86.
  • Lynn S, Hohmeier K, Samaroo L, Azzi A, Brown J, Mullins A, Powers M, Lengel A, Bechtol R., APhA-ASP Project Chance: Management of asthma through the integration of a pharmacy-based Medication Therapy Management program at a 340-B Clinic. J. Am. Pharm. Assoc. 2010;50:295.
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • The impact of non-technical skills (NTS) on the community pharmacy team
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Maybe (nothing defined)
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Maybe (nothing defined)
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Vincent F. Mauro

Office Location and Number:    HEB 141 F
Office Phone Number:  419-383-1952
Faculty Email:  vmauro@utnet.utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-vmauro.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • IV compatibility trials
  • What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • As the need arises, IV capability trials
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   On occasion 
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Julie A. Murphy

Office Location and Number:  HEB 114A
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1901
Faculty Email: julie.murphy@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-jmurphy.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Impact of a focused medication reconciliation training program for emergency department staff on admission medication discrepancies
  • Assessing the impact of an internal “Pharmacy Intervention Tool”
  • Incidence of sternal wound infections and the implementation of a topical antibiotic paste protocol in cardiothoracic surgery patients.
  • The impact of a pharmacy-initiated inpatient diabetes patient education program. 
  • Implementation of a cardiac patient medication transition pilot program: a prospective study of inpatient and outpatient clinical pharmacy services. 
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • My research has focused on the implementation of pharmacy services, improving patient outcomes, and the scholarship of teaching; a student simply needs to contact me and we can meet to discuss ideas.
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes 
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
  • I encourage my student researchers to participate in the Annual SCCP Student Research Symposium

Dr. Jerry Nesamony

Office Location and Number:  HEB114J
Office Phone Number: 419 383 1938
Faculty Email: jerry.nesamony@utoledo.ed
Faculty Page: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/Jerry_Nesamony.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Preparation and characterization of self gelling mixtures of oil, water, and surfactants
  • Isolation and Transmission Electron Microscopy of calcium alginate nanoparticles
  • Preparation and characterization of solid lipid nanoparticles
  • Optimizing nanoemulsions for in vitro cell permeation studies
  • Comparison of direct and indirect methods of particle size analysis using polystyrene latex nanoparticles and oil-in-water nanoemulsion
  • Development of solid lipid nanoparticle based anti-cancer drug delivery system
  • Development of thermosensitive gel drug delivery system
  • Validation of calcium alginate nanoparticle preparation process
  • Preparation, characterization, and validation of a new method to prepare solid lipid nanoparticles
  • In vitro release studies of 5-FU loaded solid lipid nanoparticles
  • Effect of pH on in vitro release of 5-FU from solid lipid nanoparticles
  • Developing Alginate Nanoparticles with Tunable Properties in Self-Assembling Mixtures
  • Characterizing insulin in calcium alginate nanoparticles using ELISA and HPLC
  • Purification and characterization of paclitaxel loaded solid lipid nanoparticles
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Nanoparticulate and polymer based systems for drug delivery. Focus areas include oral, intravenous, and pulmonary routes of administration. Target compounds are antibiotics, proteins, and anti-cancer drugs.
  • Computational support systems in compounding sterile preparations.
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes 
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Martin J. Ohlinger

Office Location and Number: HEB 137F
Office Phone Number: 419.383.1535
Faculty Email: martin.ohlinger@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-mohlinger.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • An analysis of the treatment of status epilepticus secondary to anoxic brain injury beyond 48 hours
  • Safety and Efficacy of Leveteracitam for the Prevention of Early Post-traumatic Seizures in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vancomycin-induced Nephrotoxicity in a Critically Ill Patient: Case Report
  • Amantadine enhancement of arousal and cognition after traumatic brain injury
  • A hypertensive reaction induced by concurrent use of selegiline and dopamine: Case report
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Clinical research related to critical care pharmacotherapy
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Anthony J. Pattin

Office Location and Number: HEB 137
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1954
Faculty Email: anthony.pattin@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-apattin.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • “Engagement in a diverse urban community to describe community residents’perceptions of pharmacists as immunizers”; PharmD students were hired to assist in the management and analysis of focus group data
Current ongoing projects with UToledo PharmD students
  • Development of a case report that discusses issues regarding prescription refill requests in the community pharmacy setting
  • Development of a review article that discusses pharmacy-based immunization services and ethnic minority patients.
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?

I have a $10,000 research training grant to develop a project that will assess the impact of a medication synchronization program and pharmacist-initiated blood pressure program on patient blood pressure levels and adherence to medications. I am looking for students that are interested in working on this project with me. There are opportunities to work on this project as an elective class. There may also be opportunities to earn pay (off the grant) while working on the project. Let me know if you are interested.

Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit? Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit? Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay? Yes, but opportunities may not be available until late summer or fall 2016.
Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
  • I am interested in research projects that focus on issues in the community pharmacy setting. I am also interested in topics related to health disparities in the community.
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Dr. Michael Peeters

Office Location and Number: HEB135E
Office Phone Number: 419.383.1946
Faculty Email: michael.peeters@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-mpeeters.html 

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Focus: Learning Assessments in Pharmacy Education
  • Peeters MJ, Zitko KL, Vaidya VA. Critical thinking development in pharmacy education: a meta-analysis. Inov Pharm. 2016; 7(1)
  • Peeters MJ, Zitko KL, Schmude KA. Development of critical thinking in pharmacy education. Inov Pharm. 2016; 7(1)
  • Vaidya V, Peeters MJ, Partha G, Potnis P. Evaluating the association between type of prescription drug plan and asthma patients’ use of controller medications. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. 2012; 3(2):65-9.
  • Peeters MJ, Whitner JB, Bale AO. More evidence of professionalism and professional engagement. Inov Pharm. 2015; 6(4): article 219.
  • Peeters MJ, Kelly CP, Cor MK. Summative evaluations when using an objective structured teaching exercise. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79(4):article 60.
  • Peeters MJ, Pettry BJ. Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine. Ann Pharmacother. 2009; 43(7):1378-1379.
  • Yakubu I, Schmude KA, Peeters MJ. Evaluating the impact of calculations instruction on third-year PharmD students’ numeracy ability.
  • King PK, Schneiderman J, Salama HG, Peeters MJ. Phase2 of interprofessional high-fidelity code blue simulation training: effect of repeated scenarios and modified debriefing format. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79(5):article S4.
  • Bassil EH, Peeters MJ, Ohlinger MJ, Zitko KL, Schmude KA, Schneiderman JW, Chen Y. Using simulation for instruction of rapid-sequence intubation and reinforcing basic life support among third-year PharmD students. Pharmacotherapy. 2015; 35(5):e68
  • King PK, Salama H, Schneiderman JW, Peeters MJ. Simulation-based Interprofessional Education and Collaboration: residents and students. Am J Pharm Educ. 2014; 78(5):article 111.
  • Jakimczuk PJ, Verlinden NJ, Peeters MJ. Basic Numeracy Ability of Final-year Pharmacy Students. Am J Pharm Educ. 2014; 78(5):article 111.
  • Peeters MJ, Hasabelnaby H, Schmude KA. Phase 3: Post-instruction quiz effect on retention of asthma management skills in 3rd-year PharmD students. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013; 77(5):article 109.
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   Yes/No 

Dr. Sarah Petite

Office Location and Number: HEB 114C
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1964
Faculty Email: sarah.petite@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: N/A

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Evaluation of anakinra usage at University of Toledo Medical Center
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Inpatient diabetes management
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

Dr. Sharrel Pinto

Office Location and Number: HEB 115C
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1906
Faculty Email: sharrel.pinto@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/hoss/faculty-spinto.html

Dr. Pinto is the Director of The Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) Lab. PCOR: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/hoss/pcor.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Effects of Pharmacy Services on Patient Outcomes: Knowledge and Economics
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Impact of Pharmacists on the Quality of Life of Patients
  • Pharmacist-Perceived Barriers to Providing Patient Care Services
  • Focus group study to Determine Patient Perception of Pharmacy Services in the Community Setting
  • Survey-based project analyzing Patients’ Perceptions of the Counseling Pharmacist
  • Cost of Intermittent Participation in Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
  • Patients’ Perceptions of Services Offered in an Adherence Pharmacy Program
  • Development and Implementation of an Inter-Professional Community-Based Diabetes Center Designed for Practice-Based Outcomes Research: A descriptive study
  • Impact of an Adherence Pharmacy Program on the Clinical Markers of Metabolic Syndrome
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?

Listed below are the current projects of the lab, however, new projects are continuously being introduced.  It is advised to contact Dr. Pinto for updates on changes to this list.

  • Assessing the impact of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs on patient outcomes
  • Comparative effectiveness study of various pharmacy services provided within an IDN (integrated delivery Network) and/or ACO (accountable Care organization)
  • Testing a new model of care (Adherence Pharmacy)
  • Predictors of Medication Non-Adherence in HIV patients
  • Studying the impact of the pharmacists within the Patient Centered Medical Home Model
  • Comparing outcomes for the programs, services, medical products, and medications provided through a regional ACO
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes (research credit)
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   Yes, on a competitive basis
Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
  • Projects in the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research Laboratory (PCOR) follow a real-world team-based approach. The field of practice-based outcomes research is very broad and thus welcomes a number of research ideas. We are seeking candidates with a high level of motivation who are driven to turn a research idea into a cultivated research project. Students must be willing to immerse themselves into the research process and effectively work with their fellow researchers. When a student begins working in PCOR, apart from working with Dr. Pinto, they are assigned a peer mentor, typically a graduate student, who will orient the student to the basics of research.  Students will develop effective problem solving, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and communication skills through collaboration with pharmacists, physicians, nurse practitioners, and employers at the local, regional, and national level. Most projects require that the student communicate effectively with patients and helps students develop and practice their communication skills. Presenting research at regional, national, and international conferences is highly encouraged among PCOR students, as it allows more opportunity for professional development and further enhances presentation skills.
  • If you are interested in working with the PCOR team, please follow the instructions found on the link above.

DR. MARY POWERS

Office Location and Number: WO 1227 (Wolfe Hall)
Office Phone Number: 419 530-2010
Faculty Email: mary.powers@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-mpowers.html

WHAT RESEARCH PROJECTS HAVE YOU DONE IN THE PAST WITH BSPS/PHARMD STUDENTS? (LISTED SINCE 2010)
  • Powers, M.F., Bright, D.R., Bugaj, P.S., A Brief Report on the Use of Paper-Based Computing to Supplement a Pharmaceutical Calculations Course.   Curr. Pharm. Teach. Learn. 2(3) 144-148 (2010).
  • Petrarca, A.M., Lengel, A.J., Powers, M.F., Patient Assistance Programs Management Software:  Selecting the Right Product.  Am J Health Syst Pharm 68 1331-1338 (2011).
  • Bright, D.R., Adams, A.J., Black, C.D., Powers, M.F., The mandatory residency dilemma:  parallels to historical transitions in pharmacy education.  Ann. Pharmacother.  44(11) 1793-1799 (2010).
  • Fabiilli, N.A., Powers, M.F.  Roles for Pharmacy Technicians in Medication Reconciliation during Transitions of Care.  J. Pharm. Technol. 33(1) (2017) Published Online First November, 2016 DOI: 10.1177/8755122516680621
WHAT PROJECTS AND/OR TOPICS MIGHT YOU HAVE AVAILABLE FOR BSPS/PHARMD STUDENTS?

Contemporary topics associated with pharmacy students, pharmacy alumni, public/private collaborations, pharmacy technicians

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No

 

Dr. Eric Sahloff

Office Location and Number: Pharmacy Practice, HEB 114B
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1962
Faculty Email: eric.sahloff@utoledo.edu    
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/faculty-esahloff.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • HIV/AIDS topics
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • HIV/AIDS topics
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
  • Currently, there are no research projects ongoing. However, if interested please contact me to set something up.

Dr. Michelle Schroeder

Office Location and Number: Pharmacy Practice, HEB 137C
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1908
Faculty Email: michelle.mangan@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/phpr/mmangan.html 

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?

  • Motivational Interviewing in Diabetes Education and Adherence Assessment: IRB# 107941, Co-PI with Dr. Michelle Serres, Dana Galloway, and Kimberly Zitko – Completed 4/30/14
  • Departmental Honors Seminar/Thesis: Pre- and post-test scores for knowledge assessment of patients attending group diabetes education: Investigator and Adviser for Shijia Hwang – Completed 4/30/14
  • A Retrospective Chart Review of the Effect of Group Diabetes Education Classes on Diabetes Standards of Care: Co-Investigator with Dr. Michelle Serres, Dana Galloway, and Kimberly Zitko – Completed 3/31/14

What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?

  • Opportunities available for outcomes research or quality improvement projects related to diabetes education

Additional Information

  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No (Not unless a grant is available to provide the student compensation)

Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?

  • IRB submissions required prior to starting project, student will be required to have CITI training prior to starting research, potential for publication is a consideration when choosing a research topic.

Dr. Varun Vaidya

Office Location and Number: HEB 115D
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1516
Faculty Email: Varun.vaidya@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/deptpharmpractice/hoss/vaidya.html 

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Health expenditure comparison of extended-release metoprolol succinate and immediate-release metoprolol tartarate
  • Assessing the economic implications of racial and ethnic disparities in uncontrolled asthma patients due to the prevalent noncompliance of asthma-controller medications
  • Determining Patient Preferences of Community Pharmacy Attributes
  • Health outcomes associated with PCMH: Analysis using national estimates
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Health and economic outcomes associated with treatments for chronic conditions
  • Gender disparities in flu vaccination
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit? No
  • Do you have research available for pay? No
Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?

Pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research is a growing field having lot of opportunities to work in managed care and pharmaceutical industry. Research experience in this area will give students advantage in securing jobs as well as residencies and fellowships in managed care, large hospitals and pharmaceutical industry.  

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Center for Drug Design and Development (CD3)

Dr. Jeffrey G. Sarver

Office Location and Number: HEB 013C (HEB basement)
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1920
Faculty Email: jeffrey.sarver@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/centers/centerForDrug/personnel.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • LC-MS/MS analysis to measure in vitro metabolism and in vivo pharmacokinetics of experimental anti-cancer drugs
  • Cell culture of cancer cells, extraction of cell fractions, incubation of test agents with intact cells and cell fractions containing specific enzymes
  • Measure inhibition of drug agent metabolism to identify enzymes involved
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Continuation of metabolism/pharmacokinetic analyses as above
  • Additional anticancer agents expected to be added to research program over next several semesters
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Maybe, depending on student numbers
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
  • Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
    • Much of the labwork involves preparing incubation media and animal blood and tissue samples for LC-MS/MS analysis. Can be repetitive, although I do my best to mix things up as much as possible.
    • I’ve maintained a steady stream of 2-3 BSPS undergraduate students per semester for about the last year, including internships, honors projects, and 2900/4910 research for credit. I would be happy to take on students from any of the Pharmacy programs, but my limit will remain 2-3 students total per semester.

Dr. Jill Trendel

Office Location and Number: HEB 013B (HEB basement)
Office Phone Number: 419-383-1536
Faculty Email: jill.trendel@utoledo.edu
Faculty Page: https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/centers/centerForDrug/personnel.html

What research projects have you done in the past with BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Identifying proteins responsible for the metabolism of drugs
  • Analyzing compounds for antibacterial activity, growth inhibition of cancer cells (prostate and breast), toxicity to various susceptible cell lines (liver, cardiac, kidney, neural)
  • Investigating the molecular pathways involved in progression of prostate cancer from androgen dependent to androgen independent status
  • Assessing the involvement of the androgen receptor in breast cancer
What projects and/or topics might you have available for BSPS/PharmD students?
  • Any of those listed above as those are ongoing
Additional Information
  • Do you have research available for class credit?  Yes
  • Do you have research available for non-class credit?   Yes
  • Do you have research available for pay?   No
Any other information of importance in regards to research projects?
  • I am a cell and molecular biologist by training. I have experience in assay development for testing of compounds in toxicity assays, antibacterial assays, efficacy against cancer cells
  • I teach various molecular and biological techniques to introduce students to laboratory skills so they can determine if this type of research is something they enjoy
  • Typically, students in my labs have learned mammalian cell culture, recombinant DNA technology, PCR techniques, western blot, DNA/RNA and protein isolation and analyses, spectrophotometric assays, microscopy, bacterial cell culture, along with many other cell and molecular biology techniques. 
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Last Updated: 11/30/16