Research News


The 2022 CNU Research Symposium was a huge success! Special recognition goes to our students who gave podium presentations: Anmolpreet Kaur (faculty mentor: Dr. Justin Lenhard), Xinge Zheng (faculty mentor: Dr. Islam Mohamed), and Ngoc Nguyen (faculty mentor: Dr. Uyen Le). Congratulations also to our COP poster prize winners: Vy Tran Luu (1st prize, faculty mentor: Dr. Islam Mohamed) and Thao Do (2nd prize, faculty mentor: Dr. Eugene Kreys)

Dr. Fakhrul Ahsan has built a legacy on cutting-edge research, and his most recent grant awarded from the Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund, “Feasibility study for mass production of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)-based “PAH-on-a-Chip for investigators engaged in PAH research” is no exception to this trend. This $120,000 grant will allow Dr. Ahsan and his incredible team to continue building and expanding the horizons of medical research.

Exciting news from the lab of Dr. Zhu-Qiu (James) Jin! A new publication in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, “Dedifferentiation of Human Cardiac Myofibroblasts Is Independent of Activation of COX-2/PGE2 Pathway”. Congrats to Dr. Jin, and student authors Sang Phan and Vy Tran Luu.

Our CNU students are VIP!! The CNUCOP Industry Pharmacy Organization (IPhO) team placed 2nd out of 65 schools who competed in this year’s National  Value of Industry Pharmacists (VIP) Case Competition! The competition focuses on four functional areas of drug development: clinical development, regulatory affairs, medical affairs, and marketing/market access.

Kudos to CNUCOP team members: Andy Anthony Thoong (Team Leader), Quoc-Anh Tran (President), Thu Le, Jessica Cheung, Marco Aziz, Kevin Chau, Masis Manouk Ohanesyan, Anh Tran.

Specials thanks to faculty advisor Dr. Linh Ho, Dr. Tibebe Woldemariam and Dr. Milosz Blyszczek (CO 2020)

Dr. Linh Ho continues her important work in the field of insulin sensitivity and Sirtuin-3 . Her most recent publication, “Sirt3 Pharmacologically Promotes Insulin Sensitivity through PI3/AKT/mTOR and Their Downstream Pathway in Adipocytes”

was accepted to the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Impact Factor: 5.923).

Dr. Uyen Le, Chair of the CNU Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, is a force of nature! In addition to running our PBS department, she also finds time to do lab research and publish papers. Her most recent article, “Physical Stability and Release Profile of Compounded Gabapentin Containing Pluronic Lecithin Organogel for Neuropathic Pain Management” was accepted to the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding. Congratulations, Dr. Le!

Dr. Ashim Malhotra along with Dr. Eugene Kreys, and our own Dean Xiaodong Feng are a dream team! They collaborated to submit their paper, “Impact of a Prepharmacy Program on Students’ Self-Awareness of Pharmacist Professional Identity: Comparison between Virtual and In-Person Settings”, and we are proud to announce that it was published in the April issue of the journal Pharmacy.

We are so proud of Dr. Ahsan and his team, and we hope you will join us in congratulating them on their recent publication, “3D Printing in Solid Dosage Forms and Organ-on-Chip Applications”. Biosensors (Impact factor: 5.519)

Congrats to Dr. Tuan Tran, Dr. Uyen Le and Dr. Yihui Shi on their recent publication in PLoS ONE, “An effective up-sampling approach for breast cancer prediction with imbalanced data: A machine learning model-based comparative analysis.” This cutting-edge research is part of a collaboration between COM and COP faculty members, and we are so proud of the outstanding team effort!

Congratulations to faculty members Drs. Jennifer Courtney (PI), Erika Titus-Lay (co-I), Tiffany Kreys (co-I), Eugene Kreys (co-I), Ruth Vinall (mentor and co-I)! Their research project “Comparison of Virtual Versus In-Person Delivery of a Naloxone Certification Training Program Through the Use of Team-Based Learning” has been selected to receive funding from the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC). This is a competitive grant, and we are so proud of the continued successes of our team!

By partnering with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software, our program allows students to learn in a real-world environment using the most installed software for independent pharmacies. Students enhance their clinical and functional skills by training in a pharmacy system that is innovative, robust, and feature-rich.