Two Graduate Students Receive Prestigious FellowshipsJun 26, 2013
Kimberly Carmony and Theresa Downey, graduate students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, have received American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year.
According to AFPE, Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the Pharmaceutical Sciences “support the most exceptional PhD students during the advanced, research phase of their pharmaceutical sciences course of study and enable them to focus intensively on industry-oriented subjects such as: drug development, drug delivery, clinical trial design and management, pharmacoeconomics, and manufacturing quality control.”
Carmony received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kentucky, and is a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Kyung-Bo Kim. Her dissertation project is focused on examining the role of proteasome catalytic subunit composition in resistance to proteasome inhibitors, which is a major limitation of these drugs in the clinical treatment of cancers. The results of her work may provide information for designing novel proteasome inhibitors that can overcome resistance to those currently in clinical use. Following completion of her PhD, Carmony plans to pursue an academic career in pharmaceutical research.
Downey recently completed her third year of graduate study in the Drug Discovery Division under the guidance of Professor Jürgen Rohr. Prior to joining the Rohr lab, she graduated summa cum laude from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe PA with a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry in 2010. The overall goal of her thesis project is to utilize combinatorial biosynthesis and enzyme engineering to create new polyketide anticancer antibiotics. Following the completion of her PhD, Downey plans to pursue research related to her current studies in drug discovery.