Spotlight on Research

Featured Research at WesternU 


(re-posted from This Week@WesternU, Nov. 23-25, 2015. for the most current info, follow WesternU on twitter, instagram, and facebook )

Congratulations to the following Pharmaceutical Sciences Department members and their colleagues on their most recent accomplishments:

Parrisa Solaimani, PhD, (Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Arezoo Campbell’s Lab), for her first-place award in the Postdoctoral Poster presentation at the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (SCCSOT) Meeting on October 12, 2015, in Carlsbad, Calif. The title of the poster is “Exposure to airborne ambient ultrafine particulate matter alters the expression of several noncoding RNAs and Metallothioneins in primary human neurons.” The award included a $500 cash prize.


Kabir Lutfy, PhD, for his National Multiple Sclerosis Society Sub-Award. Dr. Lutfy is co-investigator and will be working with Virginia Commonwealth University’s principal investigator Carmen Sato-Bigbee PhD on the project titled “The Role of Mu-Opioid/Nociceptin-Orphanin FQ Receptor System in Oligodendrocyte Development and Remyelination.” The project will study the role of the endogenous ligand of the mu-opioid receptor and its counterpart ORL1 receptor. The Sub-Award is approximately $20,000 per year for three years. 

Peter Oelschlaeger, PhD, MSPS Alumni Alecander E. LaCuran, Eleanor M. Liu and their collaborators on their most recent publication: Lacuran AE, Pegg KM, Liu EM, Bethel CR, Ai N, Welsh WJ, Bonomo RA, Oelschlaeger P. Elucidating the role of residue 67 in IMP-type metallo-β-lactamase evolution. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2015; 59(12) doi: 10.1128/AAC.01651-15. Click here to read the article.

Please also explore each of the nine colleges’ home pages. Each has a link to their research page.

Here is a list of faculty researchers (in pdf) and searchable database of faculty, by topic of expertise.

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