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Pharmacology Alumni

Alumni, we would love to hear from you!  If you are willing to provide us with your current position and affiliation, please feel free to contact Amy Forcier. This inspires current trainees and it helps the department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences to recruit outstanding new students to the Pharmacology Graduate Program.

Here is a look at the current careers of alumni who graduated from 2005-2018 (below):


This next graph shows the shift from Postdoctoral positions to largely industry and academics, among other fields, over time.

Bar Graph 2006 2018



Below is a Pharmacology roster representing alumni who have provided us with their correct position and affiliation information. The alumni are listed below in the year they graduated.  Also included is the year they matriculated into our graduate program and the mentor they worked with to earn their degree. The time to degree varies for each individual in the program based on many factors, but over the last 28 years the average time it takes from matriculation until graduation is 5.5 years. 


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
William S. AronsteinCTI Clinical Trials and Consulting Vice President, Medical Affairs
Arthur P. BertolinoIDI Clinical Development ConsultingCEO & Chief Medical Officer
Lloyd D. FrickerAlbert Einstein College of MedicineProfessor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology
Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience
Alfred T. MaloufDuraMater Enterprises LLCPrincipal and Co-Founder
Debra L. NiehoffBucks County Community CollegeInstructor and Coordinator, Neuroscience
Sabina I. Robinson UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Strategic Planning and Scientific Writer
David A. ScheinbergMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterChair, Molecular Pharmacology Program, SKI
Director, Center for Experimental Therapeutics


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
William B. IsaacsJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineProfessor, Urology
Donald C. Manning

Adynxx, Inc 

The University of Virginia            

Chief Medical Officer 

Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Kenneth M. MurphyWashington University School of MedicineEugene Opie First Centennial Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Marco ZarbinRutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolChair of the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Carol C. BlackburnJohns Hopkins UniversityResearch Psychologist
Alice F. Irmiere Marcy
Dynamis TherapeuticsScientific Operations Officer
Amy P. SkubitzUniversity of MinnesotaProfessor; Director of the Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program
Richard Van Breemen 
Oregon State UniversityLinus Pauling Endowed Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences;
Director, Linus Pauling Institute


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
David Imagawa
(1980/August & Mayer)
UC IrvineProfessor of Clinical Surgery, Surgery, School of Medicine,
Chief Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery/Islet Cell Transplantation, Suzanne Dykema Endowed Chair in Pancreatic Cancer
Jonathan Allen Javitch
Columbia UniversityProfessor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Chief, Division of Molecular Therapeutics
Director, Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research and Treatment
Stephen Strittmatter
Yale School of MedicineVincent Coates Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair;
Director, Yale Alzheimer's Disease Research Center; Director, Memory Disorders Clinic 
Rosario Trifiletti
The PANDAS/PANS InstitutePediatric Neurologist


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Wendie Anderson Berg
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC,
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Professor of Radiology
Jefferson Chen
UCI HealthNeurosurgeon
Alan Fields
Mayo ClinicProfessor and Consultant,
Department of Cancer Biology,
William Nelson, MD PhD
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center,
Johns Hopkins University
Marion I. Knott Director,
Professor of Oncology
Ralph Parchment
US Dept of Heath and Human Services/NCISenior Laboratory Director,
Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis,
Ian Reynolds
Rewind TherapeuticsCEO
Kevin Walton
National Institute on Drug AbuseActing Chief, Medical Consequences Branch
Daryl Warder
Bronson Healthcare
Robert Zaczek
NeurOpChief Scientific Officer


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Donna D'Agostino
University of PadovaProfessor
Kenneth Kinzler
Johns Hopkins University,
School of Medicine
Professor, Oncology
Jeffrey Nye, MD/PhD
Johnson & Johnson InnovationVice President, Neuroscience Innovation
and Scientific Partnership Strategy


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Richard Ambinder
(1984/G. Hayward)
Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
James B. Murphy Professor
Paul Lieberman
(1983/G. Hayward)
The Wistar InstituteHilary Koprowski, M.D., Endowed Professor;
Professor and Program Leader, Gene Expression and Regulation Program;
Director, Center for Chemical Biology and Translational Medicine;
Scientific Director, Protein Expression and Libraries Facility
Timothy Murphy
University of British ColumbiaProfessor, Neuroscience
Alan Partin, MD/PhD
Johns Hopkins Hopsital and UniversityChairman,  Jakurski Family Professor and Director
Chairman, Department of Urology; 
Professor, Department of Oncology, Pathology




(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Fayez Hamzeh
Tiziana Life Sciences & Rasna TherapeuticsSr. Vice President
Samuel Hassenbusch- deceased
MD Anderson
Texas Pain Society
Professor of neurosurgery
President of the Board of directors
Jonathan Pevsner
Kennedy Krieger Institute,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Curtis Ruegg
Parvus Therapeutics, IncPresident and CEO
James Russo
Whitman CollegeProfessor, Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Molecular Biology
Samir Sauma
National Institute on Aging, NIHDirector, Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation
Lisa Shantz
Penn State College of MedicineAssociate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology




(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Linda Arterburn
Medifast/Jason PharmaceuticalsVice President
Scientific and Clinical Affairs
Ruth Schneider Russo
Walla Walla Community CollegeChemistry Instructor
Barbara Slusher
Johns Hopkins School of MedicineProfessor
 Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience
Elizabeth Wolffe
Synlogic, Inc.Investor Relations and Corporate Communications



(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Robert Mourey
Eli Lilly and CompanyMedical Science Liaison
John Newitt
Bristol-Myers SquibbPrinciple Scientist
Rimas Orentas
University of Washington,
School of Medicine
M. Scot Roberts
(1986/G. Hayward)
Altimmune, Inc.Chief Scientific Officer



(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
David Azorsa
Phoenix Children's Hospital
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Senior Research Scientist
Research Associate Professor
David Bredt, MD/PhD
Johnson & JohnsonGlobal Head of Discovery- Neuroscience
Elizabeth Fixman
(1986/G. Hayward)
Department of Medicine,  McGill UniversityAssociate Professor
Craig Monell
BioLegendVice President of Business Operations
Robert Streeper
BTNS (a start-up pharmaceutical company)CSO and co-owner
Traci Tanaka-Hall
Macromolecular Structure Group,
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Senior Investigator,
Epigenetics & Stem Cell Biology Laboratory
Anthony Welch
National Cancer InstituteProgram Director/Project Officer
Amina Woods

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Intramural Research Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Tenure Track Investigator, Chief Structural Biology Unit
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences




(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Mark Chevrier
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & JohnsonHead - Lupus Strategy, Rheum / Arthritis Disease Area
Mary Dwyer, MA
 OncoSec Medical IncSenior Scientist
Markham Luke, MD/PhD
Food & Drug AdministrationDirector of Therapeutic Performance, Office of Generic Drugs
Janet Meurer Ogden
SYNOV Solutions LLCCo-Founder and Co-Owner



(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Marisela Gomez
 Author and Community Activist
Teresa Spehar
 Bio PhD JD ConsultingOwner and Principal




(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Yu-Jiun Chan
(1990/G. Hayward)
Taipei Veterans General Hospital
National Yang-Ming University
Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Associate professor, Institute of Public Health
Margaret Guo
Sacremento Medical CenterHospital Physician
James Hsieh
(1992/D. Hayward)
Washington University School of MedicineProfessor
Yuesheng Zhang
Roswell Park Cancer InstituteSenior Member and Professor of Oncology;
Member, Chemoprevention Program; Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences



(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Jennifer Bostic
MedImmune, Inc.Scientist II
Hsiao-Yu Emily Cheng
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterAttending Pathologist, Department of Pathology;
Member, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program
Deborah Croteau
National Institute on AgingStaff Scientist
Qi Huang
(1991/G. Hayward)
Assembly BiosciencesVice President, Virology Discovery
Ruth Luthi-Carter
Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, University of LeicesterProfessor
Keith Robertson
Mayo ClinicProfessor of Pharmacology
Loretta Tse
Oxford Bioscience PartnersAssociate
Ishrat Waheed
(1990/G. Hayward)
Hyattmedcom & KSTAR Communications Inc.
University of Alberta, University of Calgary
Advisor/Director, Education and Research Communications
Adjunct Faculty
Loren Walensky, MD/PhD
Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical SchoolProfessor
Lynda Yang, MD/PhD
University of Michigan, Brachial Plexus Program
University of Michigan, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Professor


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Mary-Elizabeth Harmon
Self-employed (
Karl Hoffmann
Aberystwyth UniversityProfessor of Parasitology
Scott Plafker
Oklahoma Medical Research FoundationMember, Aging & Metabolism Research Program
Albert Ruff
US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical DefensePrincipal Investigator


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Brian Collins
Momenta PharmaceuticalsSenior Director, Analytical Development
Gloria David
Rho, Inc.Principal Research Scientist
Mikael Eliasson, MD/PhD
GenentechHead of Innovation Neuroscience
Frank Guarnieri, MD/PhD
LincolnHealth/MaineHealthFamily practitioner
Yuang-Taung Juang
FOCIS Center of Excellence,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Ernesto Marques
Univ. of Pittsburgh,�Infectious Diseases and Microbiology,
Center for Vaccine Research
Associate Professor
Vu Truong(-Le)
Aridis PharmaceuticalsFounder and CEO


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Jennifer S. Cannon
AbbVieVice President of Operations Commercial Development
Stacy Mihalik Moore
BioRad LaboratoriesProgram Manager
Dzung Nguyen
BioLegendDirector of Marketing
Kevin Staveley-O'Carroll
University of Missouri School of MedicineChair, Department of Surgery;
Director, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
James Conway
(1993/G. Hayward)
Baltimore Neurosurgery and Spine CenterNeurosurgeon
Robert Georgantas
AbbVieDirector of PharmacoGenetics, Pharmacogenomics, and Bioinformatics
Daniel Krovich
Delta Dental Insurance CompanyContact Center Supervisor
Jie Yang
Eastern Connecticut Hematology & Oncology AssociatesClinical Staff
Sifang Zhou
(1996/D. Hayward)
MicroBioTest, (a div. of Microbac Laboratories, Inc.)Director of Virology and Molecular Biology


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Anita (Krithivas) Gandhi
(1997/D. Hayward)
Celgene CorporationSenior Director
Renae Speck
Institute for Advanced Composites ManufacturingChief Operating Officer, The Composites Institute
Fred Wu
(1998/G. Hayward)
Southern Indiana Radiological AssociatesRadiologist


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Lisa Cimakasky
CkbiomedFreelance Medical Writer
Ryan Dick
Portola PharmaceuticalsScientist III
Yihru Fannjiang
Full Plenty Industry Co. Ltd. TAIWANAssistant Vice President
Suzanne Ramirez Kalb
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionResearch Chemist
Deborah Greene Nguyen
AnexigenVice President of Research
Kara Scheibner
Food and Drug AdministrationPharmacologist
Ruijiang Song
Food and Drug AdministrationStaff Fellow
Ji Sun
Investigational Drug Service,
UC San Diego Health System
Senior Manager
Shan Zha
(1998/W. Isaacs)
Columbia University Medical CenterAssociate Professor


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Yingbei Chen
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterPathologist
Kelly Kroeger
Agilent TechnologiesSection Manager, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Jeffrey Shaman
Genewiz, Inc.Business Development Lead
& Associate Manager
Christopher von Seggern
Coriell Life SciencesDirector of Business Development


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Brian Cornblatt
Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.Medical Director
Christopher Farrell
(1998/D. Hayward)
Merck Research LabsAssociate Principle Scientist
Jian Huang
(1999/D. Hayward)
Invitrogen Greater China, Hong KongTechnology Sales Specialist
Paul Kim
Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineAssistant Professor
Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
Ihid Leao
Food and Drug AdministrationCommissioner Fellow
Lan Lin
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterFellow in Hematopathology
Brock Peters
Complete Genomics, Inc.Senior Director of Research


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Tony Agoston
Harvard Medical SchoolAssistant Professor, Pathology;
Gastrointestinal and Surgical Pathologist
Rebekah Gundry
Medical College of WisconsinAssociate Professor of Biochemistry
Daniel Krosky
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & JohnsonPrincipal Scientist
Brian Ladle
Johns Hopkins UniversityAssistant Professor of Pediatrics and Oncology
Elizabeth (Manning) Duus
Helsinn Therapeutics (US), Inc.Senior Director of Clinical Research
Yingfeng Qiao
Fairfield, CAPharmacist
Johns Hopkins UniversityAssociate Professor
Xiang Yu
University of Maryland, School of DentistryResearch Specialist


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Elin Simms Agoston
 Bridge Street BioPrincipal
Jiameng Chen
Food and Drug AdministrationClinical Pharmacology Reviewer
Staci Deaton Heise
Bristol-Myers SquibbAssociate Director, HQ Medical Publications
Aliya Courtney Hines, MD/PhD
University of Michigan Institute for Health Policy and InnovationNational Clinician Scholar
Xiaoyi Hu
Ferring PharmaceuticalsScientist II
Peter Kim
MerckSenior Scientist
Heather Martin
(2001/D. Hayward)
University of PennsylvaniaSenior Research Investigator
Niraj Mehta
MerckDirector for Global Quality Compliance
Omonike (Omotoso) Olaleye
Texas Southern University College of PharmacyProfessor
Lauren (Seiple) Parker
Sieman Healthcare DiagnosticsSenior Manager
Paul Zarek
 Harness, Dickey & Pierce P.L.C.Patent Agent


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Curtis Chong
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterMedical Oncologist
Matthew Vaughn
UmbrexIndependent Consultant
Ling Wang
New Haven, CTStay-At-Home Mother


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Michael Allen
US Patent and Trademark OfficePatent Examiner
Lisa DiPilato
 AdMed IncMedical Director
Ashley (Beasley) Green
National Institute of Standards and TechnologyStaff Scientist- Project Lead
Xin Huang
 Suzhou Cowin Venture CapitalPartner
Bingnan Kang
Zitter Health InsightsDirector of Innovation
Aaron LeBeau
University MinnesotaAssistant Professor of Pharmacology
Soona Shin
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterAssistant Professor
Courtney Silverthorn
Senior Policy AdvisorTechnology Partnerships Office at National Institute of Standards and Technology
Jing Xu
UT Southwestern Medical CenterResident Physician
Melinda Yates
M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterAssistant Professor
Mark Zabawa, MA
Iowa Lakes Community CollegeChemistry Instructor
Jian Zhu
(2004/D. Hayward/Zhu)
The Ohio State UniversityTenured Associate Professor


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Bradley Barnett; PhD: 2010, MD: 2012
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Wilmer Eye InstituteOphthalmology Resident
Hyo-Eun Bhang
Novartis OncologyInvestigator III
Jason Dinoso
GenentechSenior Medical Science Director, US Medical Affairs
Jason Howard
Sanofi GenzymeMedical Science Liaison
Nicolette Louissaint
Healthcare ReadyExecutive Director
Andrea Mountney
U.S. ArmyAssistant Product Manager in Chemical Defense Pharmaceuticals
Zachary Reichert, MD/PhD
University of Michigan Health SystemHematologist
Lin Shen
University of PittsburghMedical Resident
Xiaosong Zhang
GenentechAssociate Medical Director


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
William Brennan
Oncology, Johns Hopkins UniversityAssistant Professor
Michael Koldobskiy, MD/PhD
 Johns Hopkins University-SOMResearch & Clinical Fellow,
Pediatric Oncology
Meng Li
EMD Serono (Merck KGaA)Associate Medical Director,
Moira McMahon
Ionis PharmaceuticalsSenior Scientist
Meghdad Rahdar
Ionis PharmaceuticalsSenior Scientist
Katie (Herbst) Robinson
Vindico Medical EducationAssociate Director,
Medical Research and Quality Outcomes
Traci Speed; MD/PhD
Johns Hopkins HospitalPsychiatrist
Marie Webster
Wistar InstituteStaff Scientist
Brice Wilson
(2004/W. Isaacs)
National Cancer InstituteResearch Fellow
Crystal Woodard
(2005/D. Hayward/Zhu)
Bristol-Myers SquibbClinical Educator Liaison


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Blake Aftab
Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.Senior Director, Preclinical and Translational Science
Lindsay Avery
SanofiDMPK Project Rep., Senior Scientist
Andrea Benedict
Agedi Boto; MD/PhD
HistowizChief Medical Officer
Mark Castanares
Eli Lily and CompanySenior Research Scientist
Isabel Martinez Ferrando
Comparative Medicine, Johns Hopkins UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow
Christine Jelinek
Michael Manning
Omoruyi Osula
Hylton-Rodic Law, PLLCPatent Agent
Vedani Sample
Regeneron PharmaceuticalsCMC scientist
Liang Shan
Washington University School of Medicine in St. LouisAssistant Professor
Denis Titov
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Sifei Xing

Scientific Editor


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Ying-Chun Lo
Brigham and Women's HospitalThoracic and Pulmonary Pathology Fellowship
John Skoko
University of PittsburghPostdoctoral Associate
Frank Vendetti
University of PittsburghSenior Postdoctoral Associate
Feiran Zhang
Emory UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Akrita Bhatnagar
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesMedical Student
David Bolduc
 H3 BiomedicineInvestigator I
Biochemistry and Lead Discovery
Meng-Jung Chiang
Office of Biotechnology Products, CDER,US FDAResearch Fellow
Elisabeth (Hersman)  Walker
Thermo ScientificField Application Scientist
Darshil Jhaveri
Pipeline Marketing Sciences (Oncology), Gilead SciencesManager
Nene Kalu
Lonza Viral TherapyProcess Development Scientist
Yanhui Lu
FDAClinical Pharmacology Reviewer
Johnathan Neiswinger
Bellhaven UniversityAssistant Professor of Biology
Romeo Papazyan

Regulus Therapeutics

Scientist II
Polina Prusevich
LonzaMSAT Process Scientist II
Elaine To
Verseon CorporationScientist II
Ijeoma Uzoma
David Walker
Active MotifKey Account Manager
Melissa Zarr


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Anne Cieniewicz
Metacrine, IncScientist
Evelyn (Eisele) Gurule
The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineMedical Student
Martin Taylor, MD/PhD
Massachusetts General HospitalPathology Resident
Yung-Sheng (Melody) Tsui
WilmerHaleTechnology Specialist
Qing Wang
The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineOncology Research Associate
Nicholas Wyhs
The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicinePostdoctoral Fellow
Risheng Xu MD/PhD
Johns Hopkins HospitalResident Physician
Jessica Yang
Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

Dental Student


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Atinuke Seun Ajiboye
International and American Associations for Dental ResearchDirector of Science Policy and Government Affairs
Jessica Cades
FDAInterdisciplinary Scientist
Nicholas Calcaterra
UC BerkeleyLaw Student
Sarah (Head) DiBartolo
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)Postdoctoral Fellow
Dominique Figueroa
University of Maryland Mass Spectrometry CenterPostdoctoral Fellow
Eric Gardner
Weill Cornell MedicinePostdoctoral Associate
Kirill Gorshkov
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)Senior Scientist
Po-Yuan "Robert" Hsiao
McKinsey & CompanyAssociate
Adrian Kizewski, MA
(2013/J Isaacs)
CognizantSenior Consultant in Life Sciences
Julie Lade
Ruojing Li
FDAPharmacometrics Reviewer
Daniel Marous
Wittenberg UniversityVisiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Kirsten Meyer

Antimicrobial Discovery Center
Northeastern University
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Linde Miles
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterPostdoctoral Fellow


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Taarika Babu
SGSClinical Trial Assistant
Zan Chen
Harvard Medical SchoolPostdoctoral Fellow
John Kosowicz
Food and Drug AdministrationCommissioner Fellow
Alyssa Martin
NIHPostdoctoral Fellow
Oliver Rogers
Revolve BiotechnologiesResearch Scientist
Kyle Seamon
Inscripta, Inc.Scientist I


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Amer Al-khouja
Johns Hopkins UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow
Matthew Arwood
Johns Hopkins UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow
Nina Chu
Johns Hopkins UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow
Hugh Giovinazzo
Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children's Hospital/
Harvard Medical School
Postdoctoral Fellow
Zheng Wang
MedImmune/AstraZenecaScientist I