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ULM pharmacy graduate students win big at research conferences

Published July 07, 2014

Graduate students in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s School of Pharmacy and Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences recently presented their research at two different meetings, bringing home best poster presentation awards.


The students, all seeking doctoral degrees in pharmacy, received recognition certificates and travel awards.
A poster by Hisham Qosa, advised by Dr. Amal Kaddoumi, associate professor of basic pharmaceutical sciences, was highlighted as a distinguished poster by the Neuroscience section and won a plaque and a travel award.

Qosa presented “Mixed oligomers and monomeric Amyloid-β disrupts blood-brain barrier integrity and reduces monomeric amyloid-β clearance” at the Fifth Biennial National Institutes of Health(NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) meeting in Washington, D.C.


Graduate students advised by Dr. Seetharama Jois, associate professor of basic pharmaceutical sciences, won best poster awards in the Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium 2014 in Little Rock, Ark. The winning posters were chosen out of nearly 60 entrants.

Sandeep Pallerla won the chemistry first prize; Rushikesh Sable won the chemistry second prize; and Shanthi Kanthala won the biology third prize.

Pallerla presented “Synthesis of doxorubicin-peptidomimetic conjugate for the specific delivery of doxorubicin to HER2 overexpressing cancer cells.”

Sable presented “Cyclotides grafted with CD2 epitopes to inhibit CD2-CD58 protein-protein interaction,” and Kanthala presented “Rationaly designed peptidomimetics for inhibition of protein-protein interactions of EGFRs.”