Emily Dennis (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.
Freddy Arce (Vice-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 (Secretary) is a first 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.
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.
Trey Warnock (Social Chair) is a first year CET Student. He recently graduated from Ole Miss with a PharmD. While in pharmacy school he served as the vice president and then president for his pharmacy class. His role in those positions was not only as a leader, to voice the wants, needs, and concerns of his classmates, but to bring them together on common group as well. To show them that just because you are in a professional program you can still have fun. One of the first things he noticed coming into the PhD program, was students tend to stick in their own areas. He would like the graduate students not only to get to know each other better, but also to get to know the other people that work in the College of Pharmacy. Whether this is done in a formally planned event (i.e a picnic or brewery night) or through a casual coffee meet and greet one morning in the atrium, he would like to bring everyone together to help them see the great things everyone is doing in the College of Pharmacy.
Jarrod Creameans (Student Body Representative) is a first-year student in the program from Searcy, Arkansas. As a first-year student, he has received a huge amount of help from older students in becoming acclimated to Lexington, the university and the College of Pharmacy and he believes a good way to give back is to pay it forward. As student body representative, he will do his best to not only ease the transition for incoming students to the program, but also in recruiting the next cohort of students.
Taylor Lundy (Graduate Student Congress Representative) is a third year Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova’s lab. She earned her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and her M.A. in Molecular and Cellular biology from the University of North Florida. In addition to her research, which focuses on enzyme engineering of biosynthetic proteins, she is actively engaged in community outreach programs that do hands on science with kids such as Science Cultivates Academically Talented Students (SciCats), Expanding Your Horizons conference, and Girls in Engineering Math and Science (GEMS).
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.
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.