Honors Graduates


Honors 2018

Jillian Barrack
Thesis: Integration of a Virtual Dispensing Simulator "MyDispense" in an Experiential Education Program to Improve Student Preparedness of Prescription Processing and Medication Safety
Advisor: Dr. Jill Fitzgerald

Kelly Chan - University Scholar
Thesis: Evaluating Itraconazole Analogues and Translesion Synthesis Inhibitors as Anti-Cancer Agents
Advisor: Dr. M. Kyle Hadden

Brett Chen
Thesis: Strategies to Identify the Allosteric Binding Site on CB1
visor: Dr. Debra Kendall

Meggie Chen
Thesis: Comparative Efficacy and Safety of New Basal Insulins in Type 1 and 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Advisor: Dr. Fei Wang

Minji Choi - University Scholar
Thesis: Factors Involved in Suppression of Human V-gamma 9 V-delta 2 T-Lymphocytes and Impact of Checkpoint Blockades on the Effector Functions of V-gamma 9 V-delta 2 T-Lymphocytes
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Wiemer

Mariah Dominguez
Thesis: Identifying Patient Knowledge Gaps in Medication Therapy: Cigarette Smoking and CYP 1A2 Substrates
Advisor: Dr. Marissa Salvo

Jacob Ferreira
Thesis: The Use of Novel Antifolates to Overcome Trimethoprim Resistance in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Advisor: Dr. Amy Anderson & Dr. Dennis Wright

Drew Gazetos
Thesis: Mechanisms of Gamma Delta T-Cell Activation and Proliferation
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Wiemer

Alexander Kusher
Thesis: Impact of Community Pharmacist-Provided Medication Therapy Management Services on Self-Care and Clinical Outcomes of Patients with Diabetes and/or Hypertension
Advisor: Dr. Marissa Salvo

Sagune Sakya - University Scholar
Thesis: Exploring the Effect of Novel Small Molecules on Oligodendrocyte Precursor Proliferation
Advisor: Dr. Akiko Nishiyama

Jasmine Tran
Thesis: Effects of Bipolar Charging and Humidity on Pharmaceutical Powder Flowability
Advisor: Dr. Bodhi Chaudhuri

Raymond Tran
Thesis: Itraconazole Analogues as Chemotherapeutic Agents via Inhibition of Hedgehog Signaling and Angiogenesis
Advisor: M. Kyle Hadden

Stephanie Trexler
Thesis: Electrocardiographic Effects of Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycantha) in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Advisor: M. William Baker

Sarah Warack
Thesis: Advancing Nanoparticle-Based SiRNA Delivery Systems: from Lab to Clinic
Advisor: Dr. Xiuling Lu



Mark Basile
Thesis: Investigation of Mixing and Segregation in Dry Powder Inhaler Formulations
Advisor: Dr. B. Chaudhuri

Elliott Bosco
Thesis: From Prison to the Community: Opportunities for Pharmacists to Support Inmate Medication Adherence.
Advisor: Dr. D. Shelton

Allison Cui
Thesis: Association between Weekend Admission for Atrial Fibrillation or Flutter and In-hospital Mortality, Procedure Utilization, Length-of-stay, and Treatment Costs.
Advisor: Dr. C. Coleman

Florence Egri
Thesis: Cost-effectiveness of High-dose Edoxaban Compared to Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation Patients
Advisor: Dr. C. Coleman

Ashley Johnson
Thesis: Integration of a Virtual Dispensing Simulator “MyDispense” in an Experiential Education Program to Prepare Students for Community IPPE Rotations.
Advisor: Dr. J. Fitzgerald Dr. L. Holle

Nanda Kommineni
Thesis: Drug Delivery of Anti-Inflammatory Agents for Medical Devices
Advisor: Dr. Diane Burgess

Melissa Laracy
Thesis: Experimental Determination of the Buffer Capacity of Oral Vehicles.
Advisor: Dr. Robin Bogner

Caroline Liang
Thesis: Effectiveness of Pharmacist-Led Motivational Interviewing Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Advisor: Dr. Rachel Eyler

Stacie Noreika
Thesis: Enhancing Self-Management of Diabetes Mellitus in a Geriatric Population Using a Peer Group Structure.
Advisor: Dr. Marissa Salvo

Nadya Peresleni
Thesis: Metabolomics of Trauma.
Advisor: Dr. David Grant

Andrew Reuter
Thesis: Economic Impact of Interprofessional Care
Advisor: Dr. Robert McCarthy

Abigail Zeiner
Thesis: Analysis of Drug Therapy Problems Identified by Community Pharmacists in Non-English Speaking Patients
Advisor: Prof. Thomas Buckley



Bennett Doughty
Thesis: The Potentiating Effects of Acetaminophen on Oxidant Air Pollutant Sensory Irritation and the Onset of Asthma.
Advisor: Dr. John B. Morris

Gabrielle Ruggiero
Thesis: Meta Analysis: Effect of Oral Vitamin C on Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation after CABG.
Advisor: Dr. Craig Coleman

Anastasia Shmukler
Thesis: The Relationship Between TNIP1 and Heat Shock Proteins A1A and A6.
Advisor: Dr. Brian J. Aneskievich

Geyang Tao
Thesis: Current Therapeutic Role and Medicinal Potential of Scutellaria barbata in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western research
Advisor: Dr. Marcy Balunas

Kenechi Unachukwu
Thesis: Formulation of pH - sensitive Nanoparticles.
Advisor: Dr. Diane Burgess

Ashley West
Thesis: Natural Products and the Immune System.
Advisor: Dr. Marcy Balunas


Audrey Corman
Thesis: Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationships of Oxysterol Agonists of the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway.
Advisor: Dr. M. Kyle Hadden

Julie Costello
Thesis: Frankia Symbioses and Natural Drug Discovery.
Advisor: Dr. Marcy J. Balunas

Ashley Gale
Thesis: Hemodynamic and Electrocardiographic Effects of Acai Berry in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Advisor: Dr. William L. Baker

David Sugrue
Methylphenidate and Dexmethylphenidate Formulations for Children with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder.
Advisor: Dr. Megan J. Ehret


Mohamed Ammar
Thesis: Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors: Role in Gene Expression & Development of New Drug Candidates
Advisor: Dr. Dennis L. Wright

Joshua Baldino
Thesis: Assessing the Relationship Between the Blood-Air Partition Coefficient and Fractional Uptake of Inspired Halothane, Acetone, and Ethanol Vapors in the Airways of the C57BL/6J Mouse.
Advisor: Dr. John B. Morris

Rukshana Chowdhury Miah
Thesis: Pain Management with Opiods: Pharmacists’ Knowledge & Attitudes, a Survey of Connecticut Licensed Pharmacists
Advisor: Dr. Trinh Pham

Michael Ha
Thesis: L-menthol Suppresses Respiratory Responses to Chemosensory Irritation Induced by Inhaled Cigarette Sidestream Smoke
Advisor: Dr. John B. Morris

Jessica Hawthorne
Thesis: Literature Review of Extrapyramidal Reaction Reports with Selective Serotonin and Serotonin-norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors
Advisor: Dr. Charles F. Caley

Joy Meng
Thesis: Cost-Effectiveness of Apixaban Compared to Aspirin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
Advisor: Dr. Craig I. Coleman

Michael Stamatis
Thesis: The Molecular Mechanisms of TNIP1: Characterizing the Transcriptional Regulation of HSPA6
Advisor: Dr. Brian J. Aneskievich

Nhi Tran
Thesis: The Development of Novel Anti-folates: An Ongoing Battle Against Resistance
Advisor: Dr. Amy Anderson


Lauren Bendel
Thesis: Assessment of Intestinal Permeability as a Biomarker for Drug-Induced Enteropathy
Advisor: Dr. Urs Boelsterli

Liv Erhard
Thesis: The Effect of Atorvastatin on Habitual Physical Activity Levels among Healthy Adults Across the Lifespan
Advisor: Dr. Linda Pescatello

Elizabeth Flatley
Thesis: Removal of Saccharomyces boulardii from a hospital formulary and the impact on Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD)
Advisor: Dr. Michael Nailor

Lanting Fuh
Thesis: The Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Helping Patients Afford Medications
Advisor: Dr. Devra Dang

Cynthia Gagliardi
Thesis: Oil-in-Water Nanoemulsions: Stability and In Vitro Release
Advisor: Dr. Diane Burgess

Emily Lau
Thesis: Ciprofloxacin Induced Occlusion of Feeding Tubes is Dependent on Tablet Brand and Suspension Preparation
Advisor: Dr. Robin Bogner

Dan Pham
Thesis: Cost-effectiveness of Rivaroxaban Compared to Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
Advisor: Dr. Craig Coleman

Jamie Smith
Thesis: The Impact of Pharmacy-Based Immunizations
Advisor: Dr. Lauren Schlesselman

Yunfeng Zhu
Thesis: The Characterization of Granular Mixing with a Bi-axial Blender
Advisor: Dr. Bodhisattwa Chaudhuri


Agata Dabek
Thesis: Comparative Effectiveness of Bisphosphonates in Prevention of Fractures: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Advisor: Dr. C. Michael White

Jeffrey Endicott
Thesis: Computer-Aided Drug Design: Antimicrobial Lead Optimization for Dihydrofolate Reductase Inhibitors
Advisor: Dr. Amy C. Anderson

Eric Gloede – University Scholar
Thesis: Respiratory Tract Vapor Uptake in Spontaneously Breathing Rats
Advisor: Dr. John B. Morris

Christine Kohn
Thesis: Variable Incidence of Feeding Tube Occlusions: An In-Vitro Evaluation
Advisor: Dr. Robin H. Bogner

Sarah Livings
Thesis: DNA Subcloning and Analysis
Advisor: Dr. Brian J. Aneskievich

Mehak Talwar
Thesis: Effect of Noninsulin Antidiabetic drugs added to metformin therapy on glycemic control, weight gain and hypoglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes
Advisor: Dr. Craig I. Coleman

Katarzyna Zlotnik
Thesis: Osteoporosis and Bisohosphonate Therapy: Comparison of Efficacy for Fracture Prevention: Meta-Analysis
Advisor: Dr. C. Michael White


Stephen Bendel
Thesis: “Structural Studies of DHFR Inhibitors: Towards the Creation of a Dual Anti-fungal”
Advisor: Dr. Amy C. Anderson

Anthony Proli
Thesis: “The Characterization of Acetaminophen-Induced Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Formation in an Immortalized Human Hepatocyte Cell Line”
Advisor: Dr. Urs A. Boelsterli

Demetre Stamatis
Thesis: “Angiogenesis and Cortistatin-A: The Rationale and Synthesis of Inspired Steroidal Analogs as Molecular Targeting Agents”
Advisor: Dr. Dennis L. Wright

Elizabeth Zhu
Thesis: “Assessing the Impact of Pharmacists’ Interventions on Health Beliefs and Outcomes in a Cambodian American Population”
Advisor: Dr. Thomas E. Buckley



Colleen Teevan
Thesis: “How Do Pharmacy Students Learn? Assessing Learning Styles at an Accredited US School of Pharmacy”
Advisor: Dr. Lauren Schlesselman

Laura Tuttle
Thesis: “Antiplatelet agents for the prevention of arteriovenous fistula and graft thrombosis: A meta analysis”
Advisor: Dr. C. Michael White


Michael John Lanosa
Thesis: “Styrene-induced sensory irritation: Role of metabolism and modulation by adenosine”
Advisor: Dr. John B. Morris

Payal Nemi Kotadiya
Thesis: “Effects of garlic on blood pressure: A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials”
Advisor: Dr. C. Michael White

Michael Lombardo
Thesis: “Staphylococcus aureus: Explaining trimethoprim resistance and the development of new DHFR inhibitors.”
Advisor: Dr. Amy C. Anderson


Deborah A. Cios
The Safety of Bitter-Orange, Coenzyme Q10 and Echinecea in Healthy Volunteers.
Advisor: Dr. C. Michael White

Jenny Marie Lipeika
The Electrocardiographic and Hemodynamic Effects of the Herbal Remedies Coenzyme Q10 and Echinecia.
Advisor: Dr. Lauren S. Schlesselman

Malgorzata Michalowska-Suterska
Behavioral Changes in Non-transgenic Versus Transgenic Alzheimer Mice.
Advisor: Dr. Ben A. Bahr

Katherine Sara Nowak
Subcellular Localization of Receptor-Regulating Proteins.
Advisor: Dr. Brian J. Aneskievich

Kristen Rychalsky
The Adenosine A2A Agonist CGS 21680 Induces Tremulous Jaw Movements in Rats: Studies with Intracranial and Intraperitoneal Injections.
Advisor: Dr. John Salamone (Psychology)

Charles Paul Struzynski
Recognition, Isolation, and Functionial Analysis of Transcriptionally Active Elements in the Gene Promotor of a Nuclear Receptor Co-Regulator.
Advisor: Dr. Brian J. Aneskievich

Ryan Patrick Vaughan
Potential Role of Adenosine Signaling in Acetic Acid Activation of Murine Sensory Neurons.
Advisor: Dr. John B. Morris

Kelly Xiaohang Zhang
Protection Against Protein Accumulation-Induced Synaptic Changes Through Lysosomal Modulation.
Advisor: Dr. Ben A. Bahr


Crystal Bissonnette
Impact of appropriate antibacterial therapy on duration of hospitalization in pediatric patients with MRSA infections: A pilot study.
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Voisine
In situ fiber optic method for long-term in vitro release testing of microspheres.
Advisor: Dr. Diane Burgess


Logan Vasina
The Characterization of Van: An Investigation into the Cellular Localization, Co-regulation and Protein Interaction of a Novel Protein in Keratinocytes.
Advisor: Dr. Brian Aneskievich



Pauline Rafferty
Calcium Precipitation in the Intestine
Advisor: Dr. Robin Bogner

Rachel Sykes
Retrospective Comparison of Lipid Amphoterian B Complex (ABLC) and Liposomoal Amphotericin B (L-AMB) in the Pediatric Population
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Ellis


Jen Lee
Self-efficacy and knowledge of Connecticut pharmacists concerning nutritional supplementation.
Advisors: Dr. Pat Neafsey, Dr. Marla Campell, Dr. Neil Facchinetti

Zohra Salehi
Effects of silica particles on viability of mouse macrophages and epithelial cells.
Advisor: Andrea Hubbard


Karen Hoang
Effect of plant stress on the production of the isoflavone genistin in soybean, a nutraceutical.
Advisor: Dr. Carol Auer (Plant Science)

Alexandra Piotrowski
An evaluation of the Electrocardiographic and Hemodynamic Effects of Ginkgo biloba.
Advisor: Dr. C. Michael White


Terri Hersey
The Killing Activity of Levofloxacin 500 and 750 mg vs. Two Genetically Defined P.aeroginosa and one Clinical Strain in an in vitro Infection Model.
Advisor:Dr. Jeffrey Aeschlimann


Rabab Ammar
Evaluation of the Electrocardiographic and Hemodynamic Effects of Caffeine
Advisor: Dr. C. Michael White

Tien Bo
Investigating the Internet’s Potential in Pharmaceutical Marketing
Advisor: Dr. Kenneth A. Speranza, Sr.

Sum Lam
Fragmentation of Acetylated-a-Tubulin in Hippocampal Neurons Following Lysosomal Disturbances
Advisor:Dr. Ben Bahr

Christopher Nocera
Utilizing Genotypical Data within the Population Pharmacokinetic Process as a Covariate: Dextromethorphan Metabolism via 2D6.
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Sweeney

Joshua Olsen
Sensory Nerve-Mediated Airway Reflex Responses to Vapor Phase Irritants of Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Normal and Asthmatic Mice
Advisor: Dr. John Morris



Lauren Aleksunes
Cisplatin-Induced Kidney Injury
Advisor: Dr. Steven Cohen


Lai-Ting Louie
Investigations into the Antimicrobial Activity of Several Chinese Medicinal Herbs.
Advisor: Dr. James Bobbit (Chemistry)


Kim Nguyen
Effects of Activators of Peroxisome Proliferators Activated Receptor Alpha on Susceptibility to the Action of Model Hepatoxins
Advisor: Dr. José Manautou

Debra Scavone
The Potential for Career Opportunities in Managed Care Pharmacy
Advisor: Dr. Kenneth A. Speranza, Sr.

Ethan Stier
Interaction of Malononitrile Probes with Enteric Coating Polymers
Advisor: Dr. Robin Bogner

Kimberly Walter
Population Approaches in Pharmacokinetics
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Sweeney


Donna Albanese
Viscosity Characterization of Polytheylene Glycol Aqueous Solutions
Advisor: Dr. Robin Bogner

Todd Alekshun
Transport of Fluoroquinolone and Cephalosporiin Antibiotics Across an In Vitro Model of the Blood Brain Barrier
Advisor: Dr. Donna Fournier