Hi everyone, my name is Julianna and I am a second year Ph.D. student in Dr. Tiger Zhang’s lab in School of Pharmacy. I am currently the treasurer of AAPS-USC student chapter and I participated in organizing this year’s Moving Targets. If I were to be chair this year, there are three projects that I would like to work on:
·Moving Targets 2016 in Chemical Biology
·Professional development series
·Partner up with the Regulatory Science department and the career center on HSC campus to invite alumni from industry to help students with specific career consultation and resume building etc.
·Bring in more short-term/long-term internship opportunities for both the Master and Ph.D. students and use our strong alumni network to push forward the Trojans Hire Trojans program.
·Pair students who are interested with clinical pharmacists as mentees and mentors. The students can interact extensively with their pharmacist mentor while shadowing in a clinical setting.
I believe those projects will bring more opportunities for us so I would love to have all of your support in voting for me as chair of AAPS-USC student chapter. I am really looking forward to serving all of you next year!
I am a third year Ph. D student in CXPT. This past year, I served as the social chair for AAPS-USC student chapter, where I gained thorough understanding of the logistics of Moving Targets. I led the organization of the poster competition session and vendor communication, and also gained ample experiences raging from speaker selection to marketing. Beyond Moving Targets, I also helped implement the student-initiated Big Data seminar series.
Leveraging my past experience, I have confidence in carrying out another successful Moving Targets next year. Our feedback from this year suggested that attendees liked to have a single core topic branching out into multiple fields of research. In response, I plan to develop the next symposium around the theme of “novel therapies targeting mitochondria”, diverging into subtopics on drug development, metabolic disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, mitochondrial genetic disorders, and cancer therapy. The plan is provisional, and I am open to ideas from potential board members and you.
I also believe it is time for AAPS-USC to expand beyond Moving Targets. AAPS is a professional organization, and it fits our mission to help students at school of pharmacy with professional development. I plan to implement professional development workshop series or even a corporate dinner, where students can talk with recruiters over a formal dinner.
If you like my plan, please vote for me. If you have suggestions for either Moving Targets or professional development workshops, please email me at email@example.com. I look forward to seeing you at our future events!
Greetings! I’m Ishan and I’m here to earn the chance to serve as the Chair of this year’s AAPS-USC student chapter. I am a 4th year PhD student in the Molecular Pharmacology program, currently studying mechanisms of brain aging with Dr.Enrique Cadenas. During my time at USC, I’ve realized that serving on this committee is a great privilege but requires one to shoulder a colossal responsibility, not only to uphold the chapter’s reputation, but also to better our means of serving the student body professionally. Although this will be my first foray into becoming the chair, I’ve served as the social chair previously for the 2013-14 chapter. This was the first time that Moving Targets symposium got a revamped website and was live-streamed, making it more accessible to the scientific community than ever before. My focus then, and still remains, was to build on this brand that is “Moving Targets”, into the best student-organized event among all the AAPS chapters. Each committee before has improved on the idea of this multidisciplinary symposium significantly into what it is now. I intend to advance this idea by expanding its presence in the digital space, insisting on greater participation from the Regulatory Science and the Pharmacoeconomics programs, and promoting it as a platform to set up professional connections and trigger scientific collaborations. In addition, I strongly advocate for establishing a much-needed alumni network and continue organizing seminars for students to explore career options after graduate school. In association with the AAPS national chapter, I also hope to initiate k-12 student outreach programs to allow current students to gain invaluable teaching experience. As a leader, I pride myself on being proactive about realizing my vision, being receptive to criticism and new ideas, while constantly holding myself to higher standards. Ultimately, if you resonate with my vision for AAPS-USC for the coming year, I hope to have gained your vote and your trust. Thank you!
Neil Desai is a 3rd year PhD student and a Provost Fellow in the CXPT program. After completing his MD from Grant Govt. Medical College in Mumbai (India), he is currently involved in Alzheimer’s disease research in the lab of Dr. Brinton. His research focuses on using bioinformatics and next generation sequencing tools to interpret system level changes in the aging brain as well as evaluate therapeutic benefit of Allopregnanolone from a systems biology point of view.
1. Treasurer, Moving Targets 2014, “New Horizons in Anti-Cancer Therapeutics”.
2. PGA Board member, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
3. Co-founder and Vice President of Graduate Student Consulting Club at USC, 2015-2016.
Vision for AAPS-USC student chapter:
Besides organizing one of the biggest student-run symposium, Moving Targets, Neil believes AAPS-USC should serve as a bridge between industry and academia. His aim is to integrate AAPS-USC more closely with the professional development of PhD students. Graduate students develop a wide variety of skills that are in demand in academic and non-academic environments. His personal interaction with Dr. Helen Chen, COO of Ambryx and Dr. Rudy Bellani, founder and CEO of Oystir.com made him realize that graduate students can accomplish anything they set their mind on provided the right doors are open for them. Through AAPS-USC, Neil wants to invite industry-based speakers for seminars and hold networking events for recruitment of graduate students. His ultimate goal is to ensure that AAPS-USC personally benefits each and every one of you.