University of Wisconsin–Madison

DiscoveRx Magazine – Fall 2018

Fall 2018 DiscoveRx masthead

Alumni Spotlight

Edgerton PharmacyRedesigning Community Pharmacy Practice

Eric and Jenna Gresens (BS ’98) relaunched their small-town pharmacy to focus on meeting the health care needs of their community well beyond prescriptions, including everything from researching essential oils to preparing for a future of pharmacogenetic testing.

Alumni Pharmacy Careers

Julie Bartell (PharmD ’06), an ambulatory care pharmacist, chose her career because of her drive to help others.

Now, as a clinical pharmacotherapist, she plays a critical role on the health care team in improving patients’ health in out-patient clinical settings, working one-on-one with patients and building trusting relationships.

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PharmD Innovation

PharmD students at orientation for a new business option in the PharmD program

School of Pharmacy Creates Business-Focused PharmD

In partnership with the Wisconsin School of Business, the School created a new, first-of-its-kind Pharmacy Operations and Technology Management concentration within the PharmD program to prepare future pharmacists for leadership roles earlier.

Improving Public Health

Opioid safety game characters

Beating the Opioid Epidemic One Level at a Time

Assistant Professor Olufunmilola Abraham (MS ’11, PhD ‘13) teamed up with Gear Learning to develop a video game to teach high school students about opioid safety and how to navigate the potential social repercussions.

Latest Research

Unraveling an Enzyme Mystery

Assistant Professor Jiaoyang Jiang is hot on the case of an unusual pair of enzymes that play a critical but unknown role in major human diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancer.

Jiaoyang Jiang

Efficient Cancer Targeting

Professor Seungpyo Hong's new grant from the National Science Foundation will fund his research to develop a new type of nanocarrier that combines synthetic and biotic components to better penetrate cancerous areas.

Seungpyo Hong

Driven by Discovery

The need for new antibiotics fuels Professor Tim Bugni’s highly collaborative push to find novel molecules in marine bacteria. One of his methods, co-culturing, has led his team to file three patents for potential new drugs in the summer of 2018.

Tim Bugni

New Directions

Professor Weiping Tang received an exploratory grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a different type of chemistry to streamline the process of carbohydrate synthesis.

Weiping Tang

Tumor Breakthrough

Professor Glen Kwon and former student Tony Tam (PhD '18) developed a stabilized form of a common chemotherapy agent that has proven more effective than the standard form in inhibiting tumor growth in early models.

Tony Tam and Glen Kwon

Photo Gallery

PSW Annual Meeting and PAA Luncheon

The annual meeting of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin brought together pharmacists from around the state for networking, recognition, and a look toward the future of pharmacy. During the meeting, seven Badger pharmacists took home awards.

See photo gallery >>
UW-Madison crest at the Pharmacy Alumni Association Luncheon at the annual PSW meeting


Each summer, the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacy Professional Development hosts four Land O’ Lakes conferences geared toward keeping those in the pharmaceutical industry informed about the newest technologies and techniques. In case you missed them, here’s your chance to get caught up:

Formulation Development and Drug Delivery Conference: Continuous Manufacturing  >> Read more
Bioanalytical Conference: Staying Ahead of the Curve >> Read more
Pharmaceutical Analysis Conference: Analytical Considerations for a Comprehensive Control Strategy >> Read more

Class Notes

Fall 2018 Class Notes

Fall 2018 Class Notes

Since the summer issue of DiscoveRx, your UW–Madison School of Pharmacy alumni peers have been busy. They’re moving, marrying, striking up new side projects, and more, and you can stay up to date with it all by checking class notes in each DiscoveRx.

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Upcoming Events


Alumni are invited to participate in the career fair to connect with student pharmacists, share information about open positions or APPE rotations, and conduct interviews.

See more details and register.


During the annual meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in Washington, D.C., join your fellow School of Pharmacy alumni and friends for a Badger gathering.

Find more details and RSVP.

Professional Development

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Applied Drug Development Certificate

Expand your knowledge and optimize your drug development process by earning your Applied Drug Development Certificate:

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100% Online Certificates

Did you know that Division of Pharmacy Development offers two certificate programs 100 percent online?

Biologic Therapeutic Drug Development Certificate
Learn more and register >>

This brand-new online program is designed for scientists to expand their knowledge about biologics.

Certificate in Formulary Drug Evaluation Processes
Learn more and register >>

This certificate program trains current and aspiring members of Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committees to improve communications and make evidence-based decisions.

hospital pharmacist

Upcoming Pharmacy Conferences

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to keep up with the latest industry updates and earn your CE.

2018 Fall Milwaukee Conference: Infectious Diseases | Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield, Brookfield, WI | September 28 | Learn more and register >>

2018 Fall Madison Conference: Biologics | Marriott Madison West, Middleton, WI | November 8 | Learn more and register >>

2018 Pharmacy Invitational Conference on Antithrombotic Therapy (PICAT) | Anaheim, CA | December 1 | Sign up for invite >>


Executive Editor  |  Alyson Kim
Editor-in-Chief Katie Gerhards
Photographer  |  Sally Griffith-Oh
Contributing writers  |  Katie Ginder-Vogel, Jill Sakai
Contributing photographers  |  Ingrid Laas, Paul L. Newby II, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin

DiscoveRx magazine is a quarterly digital publication by the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy.


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