DiscoveRx Magazine – Summer 2022

Summer 2022 DiscoveRx masthead featuring alumni Richard Gantt, Dawn Moore, and 2022 PharmD graduates.

The School of Pharmacy's 2022 Five of the Future: Anna Engstrom (BS '11), Dalia Saleh (PharmD 14), Joohyun Park (MS '17, PhD '19), Richard Gantt (PhD '12), and Jevon Oliver (MS '18).
2022 Five of the Future

This second-annual feature celebrates rising stars from each of the School of Pharmacy’s degree programs. From creating new platforms to improve the accessibility of health care to helping to develop new diagnostics that improve patient outcomes, these five are pushing research and patient care into the future in unique ways.

Caffeine for Preemies

Caffeine is one of the most commonly prescribed therapies for premature infants. To improve its dosing and infant outcomes, Assistant Professor Sin Yin Lim led a study that is earning him recognition from the Pediatric Pharmacy Association.

Sin Yin Lim standing outside Rennebohm Hall

Leveraging Pharmacists for 'Whole Health'

Social determinants of health account for up to 80% of health outcomes, but only 16% of clinic practices report screening their patients. That’s why Christina Nguyễn (PharmD '21) led a study to see how pharmacists can fill that gap.

Christina Nguyen outside of her Ralph's Pharmacy

New Toolkit for Safer Opioids

Developed by School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and alumni, such as Tyler Prickette (PharmD '17), the toolkit aims to save lives, especially in rural areas hit the hardest by opioid misuse.

Alum Tyler Prickette (left) speaking to a colleague at the FortHealth Care Pharmacy.

Alumni working at local and national levels to improve DEI in pharmacy: Bruce Scott, Dawn Moore, Tabarius Smith, and Melissa Theesfeld
Alumni Enhance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Pharmacy

At state and national levels, six School of Pharmacy alumni are working to improve representation and inclusion in the pharmacy profession. Learn how Tabarius Smith (PharmD ’03), Melissa Theesfeld (PharmD ’06), Jenevieve Van Order (PharmD ’21), Dawn Moore (MS ’01), Melissa Ortega (MS ’12), and Bruce Scott (BS ’79) are helping pharmacists to feel represented and to better serve diverse patient populations.

Alumni Innovators - Milwaukee

The School held a reception to bring Milwaukee-based alums together to hear from pharmacy innovators Annie Biesboer (PharmD ’10), Kwadwo Owusu-Ofori (PhD ’10), and Dalia Saleh (PharmD ’14), and to reconnect over a meal.

A group of alumni smile together during the Milwaukee innovators alumni event

Alumni Innovators - Madison

This Madison-area alum event featured talks from alumni and faculty who are advancing their fields, including Steve Rough (BS ’91, MS ’94), Scott Canfield (PharmD ’13), Sara King (BS ’99), Ed Portillo (PharmD ’14), Professor Paul Hutson and more.

A group of alumni gathered in Coopers Tavern

Fourth-year PharmD student Cindy May; PharmD student Linda Zheng with preceptors Jocelyn Kerl (PharmD '12) and Erica Guetzlaff (PharmD '07) (top right); and PharmD student Laurel Pfeil, and PharmD student Fitim Useini.
Record-Setting Residency Match Rate

In 2022, the School of Pharmacy’s graduates earned one of their best ASHP Residency Match Rates to date: 92%. Learn where some of these grads are headed for their residency, what they’re focusing on, and what they think helped them stand out as competitive applicants.

Dean Steve Swanson speaks at the PharmD Graduation Awards Celebration.


As the School’s 2021-22 academic year comes to a close, School of Pharmacy Dean Steve Swanson reflects on some of the greatest accomplishments of the School’s students and faculty, and looks forward to what challenges the School will be tackling next to remain one of the best pharmacy schools in the nation.

PharmD student delivering a COVID vaccine


The student experience at the School of Pharmacy is top-notch thanks to alumni support for critical career programming and community-building activities.

Make a gift today to help us reach 139 total by June 30 and unlock an additional $18,250 from Board of Visitors members. Graduated in the last 10 years? Your gift will be matched by the Pharmacy Alumni Association (up to $2,500).

Support Student Success >

National Presentations

Three PharmD and two Health Services Research in Pharmacy students were selected for coveted podium presentations at the 2022 American Pharmacists Association meeting, sharing their impactful research.

PharmD students Nassim Nassim Sarkarati and Luke Schwerer, Associate Professor Olayinka Shiyanbola, PharmD student Bailey Stevenson, and Health Services Research in Pharmacy graduate students Deepika Rao and Adati Tarfa at the 2022 American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting

Cancer-Fighting Gel

A new biodegradable gel, developed by Assistant Professor Quanyin Hu and collaborators, improves the immune system’s ability to keep cancer at bay after tumors are surgically removed.

A high-magnification of the hydrogel (in blue) encapsulating T cell-activating platelets (in red) and nanoparticles that release a drug to inhibit tumor-boosting cells (in green). This gel inhibited the growth of cancer cells after surgical removal of different types of tumors.

Data Visualization Award

Director of Global Health Laurel Legenza (PharmD '13) and Health Services Research in Pharmacy graduate student Apoorva Reddy are winners in a national competition for their visualization of data on suicide and overdose deaths.

Laurel Legenza and Apoorva Reddy

Pharmacy Experts: Naloxone Injection Administration for Opioid Relapse Prevention

Watch the School of Pharmacy’s full Pharmacy Experts webinar, hosted by Assistant Professor Jay Ford, featuring Eric Jachthuber, John Lemke (PharmD ’15), Thad Schumacher, and Jenni Villeneuve (PharmD ’02). These experts discuss how pharmacists can get involved in treatment for substance misuse disorder.

University Place: Psychedelics and Mental Health

Assistant Professor Cody Wenthur is featured on PBS’ University Place series discussing how psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy may be used to treat end-of-life anxiety, treatment resistant depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Watch his full talk here or catch it on the Wisconsin Channel: June 19 at 6 am or June 20 at 4 pm.

PAA board members Kim Lintner, Jason Bergsbaken, Nate Menninga, Jason Lau, and Heather Stoner, with PAA PharmD student liaison Maria Hill


As she prepares to leave the Pharmacy Alumni Association board, alumna Kim Lintner (PharmD ’01) reflects on how the organization has evolved and expanded over the years to build connections and offer support to all School of Pharmacy alumni.

Read her reflection >
A collage of alumni who submitted class notes for Summer 2022, including Miranda Bowers, Kishan Patel, Stephanie Smith, George MacKinnon III, Laurel Legenza, Lee Vermeulen, and Cierra Brewer


Our Pharmacy Badgers are kicking off the summer with professional and personal achievements, awards, new jobs, bigger families, and more. Keep in touch with your School of Pharmacy alumni peers through class notes.


23nd Annual PAA/WSPS Golf Outing

Alumni, faculty, and current students unite for a day of golf and catching up with good friends and colleagues. Proceeds from this event benefit student scholarships.

August 18, 2022, 9 am-4:30 pm

Alumni & Friends Tailgate

After a year off, this popular alumni gathering is back on the books! Join alumni and friends of the School to cheer on the Badgers as they face the New Mexico Aggies.

September 17, 2022, 2.5 hours before kickoff 

Reminder: Alumni Link Sign-Up

The Badger Pharmacy network is a priceless resource. Through Alumni Link, we connect established alums with recent grads to help them take their first steps into the profession.

Sign up by June 20 to connect

Webinar: Digital Therapeutics

Dalia Saleh (PharmD ’14) and physician Steven Driver discuss the history, future, and regulatory landscape of digital therapeutics, where software acts as medicine for patients.

July 19, 2022, 7:30 pm

PAA Luncheon at PSW Annual Meeting

Join the Pharmacy Alumni Association to hear updates on alumni activities and celebrate the Alumni of the Year, who will be announced at the luncheon.

August 27, 2022, 12 pm

Pharmaceutical Science Opportunities

2022 Bioanalytical LAND O’ LAKES CONFERENCE | Madison, WI | July 11-14, 2022

2022 Pharmaceutical LAND O’ LAKES CONFERENCE | Madison, WI | August 1-4, 2022

CMC Project Team Leadership | Madison, WI | October 3-6, 2022

Save the Date

2nd Annual UW–Madison Psychedelic Symposium will be held October 27-28, 2022 at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery on the UW Campus. More information and registration coming soon.

Pharmacy Invitational Conference on Antithrombotic Therapy (PICAT) will be held virtually this year on December 5, 2022. More information and registration coming soon.

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Editor-in-Chief  |  Katie Gerhards
  |  Sally Griffith-Oh
Contributing Photographers | Todd Brown, Ingrid Laas, Paul L. Newby II, Deanne Fitzmauritz, Carla Osberg, Stephanie Howard
Contributing Writers  |  Katie Ginder-Vogel, Jessica Steinhoff, Eric Butterman
Editorial Interns | Brianna Foth, Ben Cadigan
Editorial Advisors  |  Alyson KimDavid Mott

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