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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 2005-2016 (below):

pie chart of alumni careers

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

alumni bar graph



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
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
 Roche PharmaceuticalsSenior Medical Director
Samuel Hassenbusch- deceased
MD Anderson
Texas Pain Society
Professor of neurosurgery
President of the Board of directors
Jonathan Pevsner
Kennedy Krieger InstituteResearch Scientist
Curtis Ruegg
Revance TherapeuticsExecutive Vice President of R&D
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
Sangamo BioSciencesVice President
Corporate Communications



(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Robert Mourey
 Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Consultant
John Newitt
Bristol-Myers SquibbPrinciple Scientist
Rimas Orentas
Lentigen Technology IncDirector, Translational Research and Development
M. Scot Roberts
(1986/G. Hayward)
Vaxin IncChief 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
Robert Streeper
BTNS (a start-up pharmaceutical company)CSO and co-owner
Traci Tanaka-Hall
Macromolecular Structure Group,
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Principle Investigator
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
Janssen Research and Development, LLCHead of Estrela Clinical Development (Janssen Incubator)
Mary Dwyer, MA
 OncoSec Medical IncScientist
Markham Luke, MD/PhD
Food & Drug AdministrationSupervisory Medical Officer/Clinical Deputy Director
Janet Meurer
EMD Serono, IncProgram Leader, MEK Inhibitors, Global Clinical Development



(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Marisela Gomez
 Author and Community Activist
Teresa Spehar
 Synthetic GenomicsVice President of IP




(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)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterFaculty, Human Oncology & Pathogenesis
Yuesheng Zhang
Roswell Park Cancer InstituteMember 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 Cheng
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterFaculty, Human Oncology & Pathogenesis
Deborah Croteau
National Institute on AgingStaff Scientist
Qi Huang
(1991/G. Hayward)
Biology Assembly PharmaceuticalsDirector
Ruth Luthi-Carter
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology LausanneAssistant Professor of Life Sciences
Keith Robertson
Georgia Regents University,
Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Associate Professor
Loretta Tse
Oxford Bioscience PartnersAssociate
Ishrat Waheed
(1990/G. Hayward)
 Biomedical Research and Education Consultant
Loren Walensky, MD/PhD
Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School;
Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Associate Professor
​Assistant Professor
Lynda Yang, MD/PhD
University of Michigan, Brachial Plexus Program
University of Michigan, Neurological Surgery
Associate Professor


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Mary-Elizabeth Harmon
Municipal Market of AtlantaSmall Business Developer
Karl Hoffmann
Aberystwyth UniversityProfessor of Parasitology
Scott Plafker
University of Oklahoma, Dept. of Cell BiologyAssistant Professor
Albert Ruff
US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical DefensePrincipal Investigator


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Brian Collins
Momenta PharmaceuticalsDirector
Gloria David
Rho Federal SystemsResearch Scientist
Mikael Eliasson, MD/PhD
Cardiovascular & Metabolism,NovartisGlobal Head New Products
Frank Guarnieri, MD/PhD
Maine General Medical CenterFamily practitioner/hospitalist
Yuang-Taung Juang
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterHead of The Human Lupus Laboratory
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
Invitrogen CorporationBusiness Area Manager
Stacy Mihalik Moore
Ciphergen Biosystems, Inc.Field Scientist
Dzung Nguyen
BioLegendDirector of Marketing
Kevin Staveley-O'Carroll
Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South CarolinaAlice Ruth Reeves Folk Endowed Chair in Clinical Oncology,
Professor of Surgery, and Medical Director of the Oncology Service Line


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
James Conway
(1993/G. Hayward)
Baltimore Neurosurgery and Spine CenterNeurosurgeon
Robert Georgantas
MedImmune, LLCScientist II
Daniel Krovich
Delta DentalCustomer Service Representative
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 CorporationSr. Principal Scientist
Renae Speck
Oak Ridge National LaboratoryManager of Technology Transfer and
Partnerships-BioEnergy Science Center
Fred Wu
(1998/G. Hayward)
Radiation Oncology, UCSFResident


(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
Genomics Institute of Novartis FoundationResearch Investigator
Kara Scheibner
University of MarylandAssistant Professor
Ruijiang Song
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research CenterResearch Scientist
Ji Sun
Investigational Drug Service,
UC San Diego Health System
Senior Manager
Shan Zha
(1998/W. Isaacs)
Columbia University Medical CenterAssistant Professor


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Yingbei Chen
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterFaculty
Kelly Kroeger
Bio-Rad ResearchSenior Scientist
Jeffrey Shaman
Genewiz, Inc.Business Development Lead
& Associate Manager
Christopher von Seggern
ClearView Healthcare PartnersPrinciple


(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 HospitalResident in Psychiatry
Ihid Leao
University of California Davis Health SystemProject Scientist
Lan Lin
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterFellow in Hematopathology
Brock Peters
Complete Genomics, Inc.Director of Research


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Tony Agoston
Brigham and Women's HospitalAssociate Pathologist
Rebekah Gundry
Medical College of WisconsinAssistant Professor
Daniel Krosky
MerckTeam Lead Enzymologist
Brian Ladle
Johns Hopkins UniversityPediatric Oncology Fellow
Elizabeth (Manning) Duus
Helsinn Therapeutics (US), Inc.Director of Clinical Research
Yingfeng Qiao
Fairfield, CAPharmacist
Johns Hopkins UniversityAssociate Professor
Xiang Yu
National Library of MedicineClinical Trials Results Analyst


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Elin Simms Agoston
StemgentSenior Scientist
Jiameng Chen
Food and Drug AdministrationClinical Pharmacology Reviewer
Staci Deaton Cummings
Articulate Science, The Nucleus GroupAssociate Scientific Director
Aliya Courtney Hines, MD/PhD
Heidelberg DermatologyDermatologist
Xiaoyi Hu
Eli Lilly and CompanyResearch Scientist
Peter Kim
Emory UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow
Heather Martin
(2001/D. Hayward)
University of PennsylvaniaPostdoctoral Fellow
Niraj Mehta
FDA, Center for Drug Evaluation and ResearchSenior Pharmacologist
Omonike (Omotoso) Olaleye
Texas Southern University College of PharmacyAssistant Professor
Lauren (Seiple) Parker
Sieman Healthcare DiagnosticsNew Product Development
Paul Zarek
U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficePatent Examiner


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Curtis Chong
Dana Farber Cancer InstitutePostdoctoral Fellow
Matthew Vaughn
Citrics BiomedicalVice President of Scientific
Ling Wang
New Haven, CTStay-At-Home Mother


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Michael Allen
US Patent and Trademark OfficePatent Examiner
Lisa DiPilato
Perelman School of Medicine, University of PennsylvaniaSenior Research Investigator
Ashley (Beasley) Green
National Institute of Standards and TechnologyBioanalytical Chemist
Xin Huang
Boston Consulting Group, Beijing OfficeConsultant
Bingnan Kang
Immune at Decision ResourcesDirector
Aaron LeBeau
University MinnesotaAssistant Professor of Pharmacology
Soona Shin
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dept of GeneticsInstructor
Courtney Silverthorn
Senior Interagency Policy SpecialistNational Institute of Standards and Technology
Jing Xu
Eli Lilly and CompanyResearch Scientist
Melinda Yates
M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterAssistant Professor
Mark Zabawa, MA
Iowa Lakes Community CollegeChemistry/Biology Instructor
Jian Zhu
(2004/D. Hayward/Zhu)
University of Rochester,�Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyAssistant Professor


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Bradley Barnett; PhD: 2010, MD: 2012
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Wilmer Eye InstituteOphthalmology Resident
Hyo-Eun Bhang
Novartis OncologyPresidential Postdoctoral Fellow
Jason Dinoso
GenentechSenior Research Associate
Jason Howard
Director of Epitope-Based Vaccine ProjectVaccinogen
Nicolette Louissaint
U.S. Department of StateAAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Andrea Mountney
U.S. Army, Walter Reed Army Research InstituteResearch Psychologist
Zachary Reichert, MD/PhD
University of Michigan, Dept. of Internal MedicineClinical Lecturer
Lin Shen
University of PittsburghMedical Resident
Xiaosong Zhang
University of California, San FranciscoHematology Oncology


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
William Brennan
Oncology, Johns Hopkins UniversityResearch Fellow
Michael Koldobskiy, MD/PhD
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins HospitalResident
Meng Li
Johns Hopkins HospitalPathology Resident
Moira McMahon
Ludwig Inst. for Cancer Research, Cellular& Molecular Medicine
University of California, San Diego
Postdoctoral Fellow
Meghdad Rahdar
University of California, San DiegoPostdoctoral Fellow
Katie (Herbst) Robinson
ETHOS Health CommunicationsStaff Strategic Consultant
Traci Speed; MD/PhD
Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins HospitalAssistant Resident
Marie Webster
Wistar InstitutePostdoctoral Fellow
Brice Wilson
(2004/W. Isaacs)
National Cancer InstitutePostdoctoral Fellow
Crystal Woodard
(2005/D. Hayward/Zhu)
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Inst.Postdoctoral Research


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Blake Aftab
Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.Director of Preclinical and Translational Science
Lindsay Avery
PfizerSenior Scientist
Andrea Benedict
Agedi Boto; MD/PhD
Yale HospitalResident
Mark Castanares
Eli Lily and CompanyResearch Scientist
Isabel Martinez Ferrando
Comparative Medicine, Johns Hopkins UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow
Christine Jelinek
Neurology, Johns Hopkins UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow
Michael Manning
National Cancer InstitutePostdoctoral Fellow
Omoruyi Osula
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & FoxPatent Agent
Vedani Sample
Harvard Medical SchoolPostdoctoral Fellow
Liang Shan
Yale UniversityPostdoctoral Associate
Denis Titov
Harvard Medical School and
Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Fellow
Sifei Xing
Emory UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Ying-Chun Lo
Yale New Haven HospitalPathology Resident
John Skoko
University of PittsburghPostdoctoral Fellow
Feiran Zhang
Emory UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Akrita Bhatnagar
Johns Hopkins UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow
David Bolduc
Brigham and Women's HospitalPostdoctoral Fellow
Meng-Jung Chiang
FDA Office of Clinical PharmacologyPostdoctoral Fellow
Elisabeth Hersman
University of ChicagoPostdoctoral Fellow
Darshil Jhaveri
C1 ConsultingAssociate Consultant
Nene Kalu
Anderson Cancer CenterPostdoctoral Fellow
Yanhui Lu
FDA Office of Clinical PharmacologyPostdoctoral Fellow
Johnathan Neiswinger
National Institute of HealthPostdoctoral Fellow
Romeo Papazyan
University of PennsylvaniaPostdoctoral Fellow
Polina Prusevich
IDEXX LaboratoriesR & D Scientist- Product Support
Elaine To
ScientistVerseon Corporation
Ijeoma Uzoma
USAMRIIDORISE Postdoctoral Fellow
Frank Vendetti
University of PittsburghPostdoctoral Fellow
David Walker
Active MotifKey Account Manager
Melissa Zarr
FDAORISE Postdoctoral Fellow


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Anne Cieniewicz
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & JohnsonPostdoctoral Scientist
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 MedicinePostdoctoral  Fellow
Nicholas Wyhs
The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicinePostdoctoral Fellow
Jessica Yang
Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

Dental Student


(Matriculation date/Mentor)
AffiliationJob Title
Atinuke Seun Ajiboye
The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicinePostdoctoral Fellow
Jessica Cades
FDAInterdisciplinary Scientist
Nicholas Calcaterra
The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicinePostdoctoral Fellow
Sarah Head
The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicinePostdoctoral Fellow
Adrian Kizewski, MA
(2013/J Isaacs)
Georgetown UniversityMBA Student
Daniel Marous
University of Notre DamePostdoctoral Fellow
Linde Miles
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterPostdoctoral Fellow