Freddy Arce (Chair) received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2016. Freddy then joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Engineering division in 2016. Currently, he is a second year graduate student Dr. Patrick Marsac's lab. His research is focused on utilizing high-resolution techniques to characterize the morphology and chemical composition of spray-dried particles. Also, his work focuses on the understanding the bioperformance of amorphous solid dispersions through the use of cultured cell monolayers to mimic the intestinal epithelium.
Rupinder Kaur (Vice-Chair) is a second year graduate student. Prior to joining UK, she served as the Officer of Records and Communication in the University of Colorado Denver's chapter of Women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEM) in 2015 and continued as the vice president in 2016. As part of the University Honors and Leadership Program (UHL), she was a founding member and Record keeper of the Modern Renaissance Initiative, which worked toward increasing college attendance and retention rates for inner city students by providing the necessary support systems to transition from high school to college.
Konnor Long (Secretary) is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in the Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics track. Prior to joining the program, he spent four years in the Marine Corps. Following his military service, he attended the University of Louisville and received his B.S. in biochemistry in 2018. He conducts clinical research at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research and is primarily focused on opioid use disorder
Alexander Williams (Treasurer) is a first year graduate student. He has previous experience in managing a society from Centre College, where he was secretary of the American Chemistry Society during the 2015-2016 academic year. During his gap year, he also gained experience managing finances from his job as a billing manager for a law firm.
Julia Schulz (Historian) received her Pharmacy degree form the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, in 2015. She is now pursuing a PhD in the lab of Dr. Bauer focused on the Blood-Brain Barrier and its effects on the treatment of brain cancer. She has experience with maintaining a website and social media presence from a previous job during Pharmacy School. Additionally, she has served her community for several organizations all her life.
Madeline Stewart (Social Chair) graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2018. Currently, she is a first year graduate student in Dr. Zhan’s lab, primarily focused on Par-4 as a potential cancer therapeutic and the hydrolysis of Ghrelin for the treatment of obesity.
Ryan Wheeler (Student Body Representative) Ryan Wheeler graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Molecular & Cell Biology. While an undergraduate, he worked for Dr. Robertson Papke as an undergraduate researcher studying population genetics in halophilic archaea. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Kentucky, studying under Dr. Jurgen Rohr in the topic of protein-protein interactions in post PKS enzymes in the mithramycin biosynthetic pathway
David Henson (Graduate Student Congress Representative) received a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Hanover College in Indiana in 2014. He then joined the MD-PhD program at the University of Kentucky. In 2016 David joined the Vincent Venditto lab in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department to study the role of antibodies in the development of cardiovascular disease.
Redding Gober (GPC Chair) received his BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia in 2012. Prior to joining Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2015, he worked at a fast growing biotech company, Neogen Corporation. Redding is a third year graduate student in Dr. Jürgen Rohr's lab and is currently researching polyketide precursors and the structural interactions of proteins in the gilvocarcin biosynthetic pathway.
Emily Dennis (former Chair) received her B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in 2015 from Centre College. She joined the Pharmaceutical Science Ph.D. program at the University of Kentucky in 2015. Currently, she works in Dr. Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova’s lab as a third year graduate student. Her research is focused on discovering new chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer.
Patrick Marsac (Faculty Advisor) Having received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2001) and a M.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering (2002) from the University of Michigan, Patrick Marsac then graduated from Purdue University with a Ph.D. in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy (2007). After joining Merck & Co., Inc., in 2007, Patrick’s work focused on developing formulations and processes for drug delivery under the constraints of the physicochemical properties of the active pharmaceutical ingredient. Most recently, Patrick has joined the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy as an Associate Professor. Patrick’s research focus has included developing approaches to deliver insoluble compounds using techniques such as hot melt extrusion and spray drying. This work includes developing an understanding of the formation and stabilization of amorphous molecular level solid dispersions using polymers, applications of spectroscopic methods to monitor and understand phase conversion in formulation and during processing, applications of high resolution chemical and physical imaging techniques to understand heterogeneous particles and multi-component formulations, and evaluation of the performance of amorphous solid dispersion systems when exposed to aqueous based media.