December 16, 2021

Season's Greetings, PharmDawgs!

This will be the last PharmDawg Weekly of 2021.
Have a safe and restful break and we'll see you in 2022!

News & Announcements

PharmDawgs Receive Diplomas at UGA Commencement

Congratulations to the following College of Pharmacy students, who are eligible to walk in UGA’s Commencement ceremonies, this Friday, December 17 at Sanford Stadium. 

Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy 


Mir Shoebulla Adil, Pharm.D., Ph.D., India

  • Advisor: Dr. Somanath Shenoy
  • Dissertation: “Claudin 17 in Blood Tissue Barrier Regulation in Physiology and Pathology”
  • Plans: “I will be joining Cardio-Pulmonary lab in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University, School of Medicine from January 2022 onwards. 
Asma Ali, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Palestine (Summer 2021 Graduate)
  • Advisor: Dr. Henry N. Young
  • Dissertation: “Assessment of Factors Associated with Health Outcomes and Access to Prescription Medications in Patients with Diabetes Treated at Federally Qualified Health Centers”
  • Plans: "I finished in the summer and I am a postdoctoral fellow in the prestigious Primary Care Research Fellowship in the School of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."
Farah Pathan, Ph.D., India (Summer 2021 Graduate)
  • Advisor: Dr. Henry N. Young
  • Dissertation: “Factors Associated with Asthma-Related Health Services Utilization in the Adult U.S. Population: A Mixed-Methods Approach”
  • Plans: “I’m working as a healthcare associate with a healthcare consulting firm called Boston Strategic Partners.”

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Faris Almutairi, Saudi Arabia

  • Co-advisors: Dr. Balazs Rada and Dr. Shelley Hooks
  • Dissertation: “Regulation of the Expression and the Anti-inflammatory Function of Regulator of G-protein Signaling 10 (RGS10) in Activated Microglia and Macrophages”
  • Plans: “I am returning to Saudi Arabia to start my academic career at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University. 
Pragati Jain, India
  • Advisor: Dr. Arthur Roberts
  • Dissertation: “In-vitro and in-vivo genetic regulation of P-glycoprotein”
  • Plans: “I came to UGA in 2016 to pursue my Masters, which I later converted into a PhD. I have joined Codiak Biosciences as a scientist in Cambridge, MA. I plan to continue working as a scientist and contribute in pharmaceutical research and development.” 
Maria Luisa Valle, Massafra, Italy
  • Advisor: Dr. Jason Zastre
  • Dissertation: “Role of Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) 1 α in Thiamine Insufficiency Mediated Alzheimer Disease like Pathology”
  • Plans: “I am moving to New York to work as postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine in January. I will continue to focus my work Alzheimer's Disease.”
Ameena Ahmed, Grayson, GA
  • Advisor: Dr. Arthur Roberts
  • Thesis: “Identifying Anti-cancer Drugs Targeting ALK Inhibitors with P-Glycoprotein and Studying It’s Molecular Mechanism of Transport.”
  • Plans: "I plan on working in the pharmaceutical industry and will probably be moving to the east coast to pursue that career. Yes, I will be at the ceremony on Friday."

Jackson Campbell, Acworth, GA

  • Plans: "I am currently employed full time as Lab Manager for the organic chemistry instructional labs. I hope to move into a graduate program in the near future but I am just happy to be living in Athens and working with students and faculty."

How to Read and Enjoy the UGA Script Magazine

Last week, the Marketing & Communication Office launched the second edition of UGA Script, the online magazine that highlights news, updates, events, and accolades from the College of Pharmacy. Using the five key directions in the College’s 2025 Strategic Plan as sections, this issue boasted 34 stories about faculty, staff, students, and alumni engaged in the life of the College and the profession of Pharmacy.

Thirty-four articles?!? Who has time for that?! Everyone is busy, overwhelmed, and consumed by a to-do list. How can any PharmDawg possibly read and enjoy this online publication?

One. Section. At. A. Time. 

Teaching & Learning

Dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness
Virtual Tour Offers Insight Into Dementia
College of Pharmacy Reaches Record Enrollment Numbers
International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Has Story to Tell
PharmDawg Students Gain UGA, State, National Recognition
Virtual Tour Portal Highlights College of Pharmacy

Innovative Research

Faculty Pioneer Research Through Grant Awards
Bringing Health Care to the Underserved and Vulnerable
Chu Lectureship Features Inventor of Life-Saving Drug, Brevibloc
Recent Faculty Publications
Pharmacy Research Scientist Receives Grant to Discover Treatment for Fatal Disease
College of Pharmacy Faculty Pioneer Innovative Critical Care Research Collaborative


New Double Dawgs Degree Offered at UGA’s College of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy Partners with Other University System of Georgia Institutions to Meet Georgia’s Growing Need for Pharmacists
Students Learn Valuable Pharmacy Skills Through Hepatitis Clinics
PharmDawg Nation Makes a Difference With Vaccinations
College of Pharmacy, APhA-ASP Host 19th Annual Pharmtoberfest
Trio from Class of 2006 Share Bond Through College, GSHP

Investing in People

Introducing the Newest PharmDawgs
Dr. Lindsey Welch Receives Inaugural GPhA “Faculty Member of the Year” Award
Honoring Exceptional Alumni from the UGA College of Pharmacy
A Balancing Act: Pursuing a Dream While Keeping Family First
PBS Expands Leadership Team; Dr. Shelley Hooks New Interim Department Head
Recent Accomplishments of Faculty and Staff
PharmDawg Student Debt Lower Than National Average

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

UGA SNPhA Chapter to Host Regional Conference
Salute to National Hispanic Pharmacists Association and Hispanic Heritage
Highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Faculty and Staff
Robie Lecture Slated For February 10

Happy Reading, PharmDawgs!

The MarComm Staff

Flannel & Frost Gatherings

PharmDawg faculty and staff have been enjoying some holiday fun this month. Pictured are gatherings in Albany, Athens, Augusta, and Gwinnett. More photos can be found here.
Happy holidays, PharmDawgs!

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Pop-up COVID-19 Testing Ahead of Holiday Break

The UGA College of Public Health, in partnership with the UHC, will offer pop-up COVID-19 testing at the Tate Center ahead of Winter Break. Walk-up testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 20. No appointments are necessary for these services.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Young Selected as APhA-APRS Fellow

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced the selection of the APhA Fellows as part of the 2022 APhA Awards and Honors Program.

APhA Fellows are members of either the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management (APhA–APPM) or the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science (APhA–APRS), with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience. To become an APhA Fellow, members must demonstrate exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state, and/or local professional organizations.

Dr. Henry N. Young was selected as a APHA-APRS Fellow because of his exemplary professional achievements in research, health care-based community service, and advocacy work at the state level to improve access for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Congratulations, Dr. Young!


Residency Recruiting Updates

The residency recruiting materials were recently updated for all of the UGA-affiliated programs. Click the links below to see the updates: 
Save the Dates for Upcoming Ceremonies

Faculty & Staff

Early Payroll Deadline
UGA Supervisors' Academy Feedback & Evaluation

If you attended the UGA Supervisors' Academy, your feedback and thoughts are very important. Please take a few minutes to complete the UGA Supervisors’ Academy Evaluation Form.
Recent CAP Changes

The CAP is in the process of making some changes. By the new year: 
  • Trisha Branan will be in office 260N.
  • Susan Smith will be in office 270A.
  • Joshua Caballero will be joining the department as a limited term instructor and will be in office 270E. 

Faculty Commencement Message

Many faculty members participate regularly in our Commencement ceremonies to join our graduates in celebrating this momentous time in their lives. Due to pandemic precautions, the Fall Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on December 17 at 10:00 AM in Sanford Stadium will not have a formal processional. However, faculty are welcome, if they choose, to attend Commencement and sit in the general guest seating areas.

At the afternoon Graduate Commencement ceremony at 2:30 PM in Sanford Stadium, some faculty may be invited by their doctoral students to participate in hooding; that invitation will be extended by individual students at their discretion. There will be no formal processional. Again, all faculty members are welcome to attend Commencement and sit in the general guest seating areas.

Verify/Update Information in OneUSG Connect

Each year it is important for a variety of reasons to verify your information in OneUSG Connect. This includes information for your Addresses (home), Contact Details (preferred phone numbers), Emergency Contacts and electronic W-2 Consent. In addition, Disability and Veteran Status self-identifications are requested by the Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) for compliance purposes and will NOT be used for any other purposes.

The good news is that this process is quick and easy. Taking a few minutes today can help avoid issues in the future. Here’s the process:

  1. Log into OneUSG Connect (click here to log in).
  2. Verify and update your Personal Information if needed.
  3. Consider Signing Up for an Electronic W-2 (if haven't already).
  4. Add/Update W-4 and G-4 Tax Information.

Seeking Faculty Members for PharmD Admissions Interviews

The Office of Student Affairs is seeking faculty members to participate in PharmD Admissions Interviews in the Spring semester.  We will be hosting both in-person admissions interviews, as well as a limited number of Virtual Interview days.  All faculty members are invited to participate!  If you are interested in participating in the interview process, please reach out to Dr. Danielle Vitale, Director of Admissions and Career Development, at  Thank you in advance for your support and assistance with our interview process.

Position Postings

Current job openings within the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Click the job title for more information.


Department Head of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Assistant Professor
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Limited Term Assistant Research Scientist
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Faculty PT/LT/Adj.

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Client Support Services Professional II
Pharmacy-Inst Design & Tech

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Standardized Patient
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Early Payroll Deadline
Time and absence approvals due by 10am. 
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