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T32 Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (PSTP)

The Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (PSTP) is a unique collaboration between the Medical School and the College of Pharmacy that provides synergistic, translational education, research training, and career development with the ultimate goal of preparing our graduates to excel as leaders in the field of experimental therapeutics, both in the academy and in the private sector.

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Program Overview

PSTP trainees will develop a strong foundation in basic principles of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry and a broad knowledge of other related basic science disciplines including biochemistry, chemistry, and physiology so that they can ultimately direct cutting-edge research in pharmacology and therapeutics and address scientific questions from multiple perspectives.

Trainee activities include participation in: joint seminars, the annual PSTP Symposium, semi-annual Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Career Day, College of Pharmacy Career and Networking Events. All trainees complete a core curriculum in pharmacological sciences consisting of courses in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, statistical analysis, and grant-writing and scientific communication; with other courses designed to fit the programmatic needs of individual students and the degree requirements of the individual departments.

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Program Requirements

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Program Outcomes

PSTP alumni transition into careers in the biomedical workforce in a wide range of capacities


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Pharmacological Sciences Training Program strongly supports the University of Michigan Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as summarized in these principles:

Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.

Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We commit to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, (dis)ability status, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

PSTP Faculty
PSTP Trainees & Recent Alumni

2023 Cohort

Kalynn Bird
Pharmacology PhD Student
Jenkins Lab

Kaitlyn Digsby
Pharmacology PhD Student
J Miller/Brody Lab

Krystal Santiago Colon
Pharmacology PhD Student
Mattis/Isom Lab

Hannah Boesger
Medicinal Chemistry PhD Student
Sherman Lab

Julia Catalano
Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Student
Schwendeman Lab

Vishakha Choudhary
Biological Chemistry PhD Student
Smith Lab

2022 Cohort

Livia Stanger
Pharmacology PhD Student
Holinstat Lab

Jeremy Dortch
Biological Chemistry PhD Student
Baldridge Lab

Behirda Karaj
Pharmacology PhD Student
Brenner Lab

Cristian Martinez-Ramos
Pharmacology PhD Student
Osawa Lab

Kathryn Hoegeman
Medicinal Chemistry PhD Student
Clasby lab

Mariana Romero-Gonzalez
Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Student
Brunaugh lab

Derrick Ousley
Medicinal Chemistry PhD Student
Kersten lab

2021 Cohort

Kassidy Jungles
Pharmacology PhD Student
Green Lab

Tenzin Ngodup
Pharmacology PhD Student
Lee Lab

Claire Shudde
Pharmacology PhD Student
Courtney Lab

Adam Ard
Medicinal Chemistry PhD Student
Clasby lab

Adaeze Eneli
Pharmaceutical Science PhD Student
A. Schwendeman lab

Sophia Meyer
Medicinal Chemistry PhD Student
Sexton lab

2020 Cohort

Shreeya Bakshi
Pharmacology PhD Student
Isom Lab

Elyse Frydendall
Pharmacology PhD Student
Scott Lab

Natalia Harris
Biological Chemistry PhD Student
Sherman and J Smith Labs

Francisco Sanchez-Conde
Pharmacology PhD Student
Jones D. Lab

Glory Velazquez
Medicinal Chemistry PhD Student
Garcia Lab

2019 Cohort

Kristen Hong
Pharmaceutical Science PhD Student
A. Schwendeman Lab

2020 Cohort

Emily Makowski, PhD, Senior Scientist, Genentech
Thesis: "Multi-Objective Engineering of Therapeutic Antibodies"
Advisor: Peter Tessier, PhD

2019 Cohort

Jesse Wotring, PhD, Medicinal Chemist
Thesis: "Rapidly Translational Drug Discovery Using High Content Imaging: Applications to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and the COVID-19 Pandemic"
Advisor: Jonathan Sexton, PhD

Chi-Chi Ukachukwu, PhD, Eli Lilly and Company
Thesis: "The hERG1 PAS Domain: An Anti-arrhythmic Drug Target and Master Regulator of IKr"
Advisor: David K. Jones

Kelsey Kochan, Ph.D., FDA Pharmacologist
Thesis: "Characterization of Positive Allosteric Modulators of the Mu Opioid Receptor"
Advisor:  John Traynor, PhD

2018 Cohort

Josh Lott, PhD, Medical Science Liaison, Merz Aesthetics
Thesis: "Delineating the Specificity of Cannabinoid Effects by Investigating Cannabinoid Receptor-1 Trafficking and Signaling"
Advisor: Manoj Puthenveedu, PhD

Alina Morales, Scientific Associate, Viscira
Thesis: "Regulation of Chromaffin Cell Exocytosis via Endogenously Secreted Signaling Molecules Acetylcholine and PACAP"
Advisor: Arun Anantharam, PhD

Andrea Pesch, PhD, Sr Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Loxo Onocology
Thesis: "Targeting DNA Damage, Apoptosis, and the Cell Cycle for the Radiosensitization of Aggressive Forms of Breast Cancer"
Advisors: Corey Speers, MD, PhD and James Rae, PhD

Garrett Dow, PhD, Senior Development Scientist, Beckman Coulter
Thesis: "Elucidation of DNA-Binding and Dimerization Activities of the Master Virulence Transcription Factor, VirF, From Shigella flexneri to Aid in Virulence-Targeted Inhibitor Design for Treatment of Shigellosis"
Advisor: George Garcia

Jennifer Diaz-Espinosa, PhD, Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company
Thesis: "Mechanistic Analysis and Quantification of Clofazimine"
Advisors: Kathleen Stringer, Ph.D. and Haojie Zhu, PhD

Rachel Torrez, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Univ of Utah
Thesis: "Structural and Functional Analysis of Human Dicer"
Advisors: Amanda Garner, Ph.D. and Melanie Ohi, PhD

2017 Cohort

Jason Albert, PhD, Presidential Management Fellow | Dept. of Energy
Thesis: "Metal-HisTag Coordination for Remote Loading of Biomacromolecules into PLGA Microspheres"
Advisor: Steven Schwendeman, PhD

Sarah Burris, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher University of Michigan
Thesis: "Human Cytochrome P450 Enzymes in Steroidogenesis and Drug Metabolism"
Advisor: Emily Scott, Ph.D.

Nnamdi Edokobi, PhD, Scientist | Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Thesis: "The Role of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Gene Scn1b in the developing pediatric heart"
Advisor: Lori L. Isom, PhD

Julie Philippe Gupta, PhD, Life Sciences Consultant, Putnam Associates
Thesis: "Ankyrin-B is Lipid-Modified by S-Palmitoylation to Promote Dendritic Membrane Scaffolding of Voltage Gated Sodium Channel Nav1.2 in Neurons"
Advisor: Paul Jenkins, PhD

PSTP Executive Committee
headshot of Lori Isom Lori L Isom, PhD
Maurice H Seevers Collegiate Professor of Pharmacology
Department of Pharmacology
Professor of Pharmacology
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Professor of Neurology
labcoat David H Sherman, PhD
Patrick O'Brien Patrick O'Brien
Associate Chair
Department of Biological Chemistry
Professor of Biological Chemistry
user Nouri Neamati, PhD
Program Representative- Medicinal Chemistry
headshot of Emily Jutkiewicz Emily M Jutkiewicz
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Chair for Education, Department of Pharmacology
user Duxin Sun, PhD
Program Representative- Pharmaceutical Sciences