Read the fall 2018 issue of Longhorn Pharmacy Focus, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy’s magazine.



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The Pharmacy Doctorate (Pharm.D.) is the entry-level professional degree program.  The curriculum prepares future practitioners to provide patient-oriented pharmaceutical care in contemporary settings.

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Graduate study develops the intellectual breadth and specialized training necessary for careers in teaching, research or advanced professional practice.

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Pharm.D. Career Services offers resources to Pharm.D. students such as mock interviews with employers such as H-E-B and Kroger.  Students are able to meet and ask questions with employers during Career Day and the Mini-Residency Showcase to see what positions or residency programs are available to them.  This also gives employers an opportunity to meet with students and establish a good relationship with the College of Pharmacy.

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The college, in conjunction with clinical facilities throughout Texas, provides advanced professional training through practice residencies and clinical science fellowships. The college also provides life-long learning to licensed pharmacists through Continuing Pharmacy Education.

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Research in the college includes ground breaking work in fields such as drug addiction, cancer, infectious disease, toxicology, health outcomes research, drug delivery, drug design and more.

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15th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Research Day is April 17, 2019.


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A team of student pharmacists, Chelsea Griffin, Brooke Allison, Omar Fuentes, and Alex Cantu, is one of three finalists in the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2019 Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.

A recent article in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) from College of Pharmacy professors Lucas Hill, Kirk Evoy, and Kelly Reveles emphasizes the pharmacist’s irreplaceable role in opioid harm reduction.

New research from the lab of Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology’s Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. may have discovered a way to repurpose an existing drug to fight the lethality of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections.

Faculty member Ashley Castleberry, Pharm.D., M.Ed. will become head of the college’s Pharmacy Practice Division. Her new role goes into effect on July 1, 2019.

The student pharmacists of the College of Pharmacy finally got to remove the “student” from their title as the Class of 2019 graduated from the Doctor of Pharmacy program during the college’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 24, 2019 in the university’s Bass Concert Hall.

College of Pharmacy alumnus Dr. Kenneth S. Ramos earned this year’s Graduate School Outstanding Alumni Award.

The 15th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day showcased undergraduates, Pharm.D. students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents presenting research abstracts and poster presentations.

On a rainy Saturday at the stadium, the College of Pharmacy hosted its annual Honors Day Convocation to recognize the outstanding academic efforts of its students who have achieved the university criteria for recognition as College Scholars, as well as previous degree holders who meet the Scholar’s criteria but are not included in the university ceremony.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Pharmacy Council honored the College of Pharmacy’s deserving faculty at its 2019 Teaching Excellence Awards. See who took home the top honors.

Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Ashley Castleberry, Pharm.D. is a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Emerging Teaching Scholar Award. The award is designed to recognize excellence of academic pharmacy faculty engaged in and/or supporting scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Pharmacology and Toxicology Professor Andrea C. Gore, Ph.D. recently received an impressive five-year RO1 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes for Health (NIH), for research to determine how PCBs cause dysfunctions in reproductive physiology and behavior.

Assistant Professor Dr. Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay‘s manganese regulation research was recently featured by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) as one of its Papers of the Month. The findings may be useful for the treatment for parkinsonism caused by manganese poisoning.

UT’s 2018 Pharm.D. graduates excel at two important licensure tests, the NAPLEX and MPJE, on the road to becoming pharmacists.

Each legislative year, Pharmacy Day at the Texas Capitol brings hundreds of pharmacy professionals to the Capitol grounds to make their voices heard. Members of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s (SNPhA) UT chapter gathered at the Texas Capitol to make full use of the day and advocate for the college and profession.

Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology Assistant Professor Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay M.B.B.S., Ph.D. was an investigator in recent research which found an inherited gene defect results in manganese poisoning inside cells, which leads to parkinsonism. The research was recently selected by has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to publicize as one of its funded studies of the month.

Professor Karen M. Vasquez, Ph.D. collaborated on a research paper exploring DNA fragility in the parallel evolution of pelvic reduction in stickleback fish. The report, which recently published in Science, shows that DNA regions, particularly the loss of pelvic hind fins in this species of fish, are genetic hot spots for rapid evolutionary changes. The study, whose lead researcher is Kathleen T. Xie from the Standard University School of Medicine and was conducted primarily in the lab of David M. Kingsley, can result in exciting new understandings of human evolution.

See which College of Pharmacy faculty members were promoted effective September 1, 2019.

Division of Pharmaceutics Assistant Professor Feng Zhang, Ph.D. was recently awarded a $100,000 research grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation. Dr. Zhang’s proposal is on continuous manufacturing and granulation.

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences Pallavi Kompella, who received a number of awards at the 39th Annual Meeting of the American College of Toxicology.

Alumni, students, staff, faculty, and well-wishers gathered during a temperate but blustery Saturday afternoon during the annual Homecoming Tailgate. Generously sponsored by H-E-B.

College of Pharmacy professor Dr. John DiGiovanni won the Career Research Excellence Award at the 2018 University Co-operative Society’s Research Excellence Awards and Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards.

College of Pharmacy alumni, faculty, students, staff, and well-wishers met to honor accomplished alumni at 2018’s Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony.

The College of Pharmacy’s Texas Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education (TxCORE) will assume new leadership to support its and the university’s mission to transform healthcare when Michael Johnsrud, Ph.D. becomes its new executive director.

Secure your spot to attend the College of Pharmacy Alumni Awards. A reception and awards ceremony to honor the college’s distinguished and accomplished alumni. Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Austin. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Held in conjunction with the 2018 Pharmacy Practice Seminar.

Register now for the College of Pharmacy Homecoming Tailgate. Barbecue, bar, and a spot right next to the game. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the DKR Texas Memorial Stadium two hours before kickoff. Generously sponsored by H-E-B.

College of Pharmacy Professor Karen M. Vasquez, Ph.D. recently collaborated on a research paper exploring the mechanisms involved in DNA structure-induced genetic instability in human disease.

Dr. Christopher R. Frei was declared the College of Pharmacy’s 2018 Educator of the Year Award winner. The announcement was one of several teaching awards to college faculty announced recently at the student-sponsored awards ceremony.

The 14th Annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day kicked off the morning of April 17, 2018 during UT Austin’s Research Week. Undergraduates, Pharm.D. students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents presented their research in abstracts and poster presentations to see who would take the top prizes.

UT Launches Center to Advance Health Interprofessional Practice and Education.

Statement from Dean Crismon on the death of Richard Morrisett.

Divine Canines brought four of its therapy dogs to the College of Pharmacy to accept some love from student pharmacists.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2018 rankings for colleges, universities, and higher education programs across the nation. The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy remains the third best pharmacy school in the United States, solidifying its place as one of the top pharmacy schools in the country.

Second-year student pharmacists toured the Blanton Museum of Art in their Nonprescription Pharmacotherapeutics and Self-Care II Lab as part of its Art and Self-Care lesson.

Kids, parents, and members of the community lined up in the hallway and out the door to the College of Pharmacy’s third floor walkway during Explore UT.

Congratulations to Christopher Frei, Hugh Smyth, Margie Padilla, and Yasar Tasnif for their recent promotions.


Student pharmacists at UT Austin to receive cutting-edge experiential education in Medication Therapy Management from SinfoníaRx Inc.

Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences student Rachel Raia guides undergraduate student Jade Scott toward a career in pharmacy through UT’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program.

Registration and Abstract submission are now open for Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day. Sign up through March 9 for the event on April 17, 2018.


Watch a special video message from the College of Pharmacy highlighting the memorable moments of 2017. Happy holidays to you and yours.


Professor Rueben Gonzales of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for distinguished contributions to the field of alcohol research.


Keep up to date with College of Pharmacy news through our news magazine, Longhorn Pharmacy Focus.

Enjoy our most recent edition of Focus, Fall 2017.


Pharmacy alumni arrived to the UT Austin campus in October to talk of years past, watch some Texas Longhorn football, and be awarded for their vast accomplishments in the world during Homecoming weekend.


Bill Williams was named the 2017 Inventor of the Year by the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization.


A new study from Drs. John DiGiovanni and Stefano Tiziani identifies several natural compounds found in food, including numeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer.


Four student pharmacists attended a summer program to study addiction and its treatment sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.


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