Departmental News

Zhou receives Chaney Family Early Faculty Scholar Award

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The purpose of this award is to recognize a Purdue College of Pharmacy faculty member in the first ten years of their career who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship.

Innovation and impact are the primary desired characteristics of the discovery and research program developed by a faculty member nominated for this award. Indicators or measures of the quality and impact of the research include:

Topp receives 2018 Chaney Faculty Scholar award

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Dr. Elizabeth Topp is the recipient of the 2018 Chaney Faculty Scholar award. This award is the highest research award given to faculty by the Purdue College of Pharmacy. The award recognizes outstanding research, scholarship or creative activity including professional accomplishments in the recipient's field. Recipients are presented with a plaque and $2,500. The award was established through the generosity of Jeannie (BS 1961) and James B. Chaney.


Byrn receives the Morrill Award

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Dr. Stephen Byrn was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Morrill Award, the highest career achievement recognition for a faculty member at Purdue University. He is honored for his excellence and synergies as teacher, scholar and engaged professor over many years! Congratulations Dr. Byrn!


For more information about Dr. Byrn and his research, please visit


Moseson awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Dana Moseson has been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her project “Process Design of Hot Melt Extruded Pharmaceuticals for Optimized Manufacturability and Product Performance.” This three-year national award is highly competitive, only given to those graduate students who demonstrate great potentials in their pursuit of research distinction.

Students present excellent Three Minute Presentations for Peck Symposium

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13 Graduate students competed in the 2nd Annual Three Minute Competition for the 2018 Peck Symposium held in Lafayette, Indiana in March, 2018. Topics ranged from "Respiratory Infections: Meeting the tough microbial challenge" to "Stable Glucagon Prodrugs for Diabetes".

The winners are as follows:

Shetty, finalist in Purdue Three Minute Thesis

photo: Purdue 3 minute thesis competition finalists

Nivedita Shetty, a Purdue IPPH Ph.D. student in Dr. Tony Zhou’s lab, was recently chosen as a finalist for Purdue University’s Three Minute Thesis competition (The only one from College of Pharmacy). The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Dr. Sandro Matosevic receives Indiana CTSI PDT award

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Doctor Sandro Matosevic has been awarded access to the flow cytometry facility at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research for his proposal, “Molecular nanomachines for reprogramming of innate immunity for personalized cancer immunotherapy.”. He also received an Indiana CTSI PDT award for his project, “Fueling natural killers: translating metabolism into clinically improved cancer immunotherapies.”

Dr. Qi (Tony) Zhou receives NIH/NIAID R01 grant

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Dr. Qi (Tony) Zhou received a NIH/NIAID R01 grant for his project titled “Combating Deadly Gram-negative Lung Infections: An Inhalation and Systems Approach"

Monika Lavan earned the 2017 Herbert Lieberman Award

Monika Lavan being awarded the 2017 Herbert Lieberman Award

Monika Lavan being awarded the 2017 Herbert Lieberman Award from Interim Department Head Tonglei Li.

Dr. Byrn has published a new book

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Dr. Stephen Byrn with coauthors George Zografi and Xiaoming (Sean) Chen have published a new book entitled Solid State Properties of Pharmaceutical Materials. The publisher is John Wiley and Sons. He continues his teaching endeavors in Africa. Also Dr. Byrn has been appointed as the director of the Center of Drug Abuse Deterrence in NIPTE.


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