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AAPS-USC Student Chapter


The AAPS University of Southern California (USC) Student Chapter was established in 1996 by graduate students Neil Mathias, Wilson Meng, and Silvia da Costa in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which was recently renamed the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.

The USC Student Chapter was one of the only four student organizations within AAPS in 1996. While its chapter members have continued to uphold the chapter's reputation for active involvement in speaker programs, social events, and networking, AAPS USC Student Chapter's main pride lies in the success of its annual "Moving Targets" multidisciplinary symposium.

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AAPS-USC Student Chapter


The AAPS University of Southern California (USC) Student Chapter was established in 1996 by graduate students Neil Mathias, Wilson Meng, and Silvia da Costa in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which was recently renamed the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.

The USC Student Chapter was one of the only four student organizations within AAPS in 1996. While its chapter members have continued to uphold the chapter's reputation for active involvement in speaker programs, social events, and networking, AAPS USC Student Chapter's main pride lies in the success of its annual "Moving Targets" multidisciplinary symposium.

Alick Tan is a third year Ph.D. student in the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics program. He received his B.S. degree in Bioengineering: Premedical at UC San Diego in 2010. Under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Rodgers, he is developing novel therapeutics with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases.

Alick Tan is a third year Ph.D. student in the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics program. He received his B.S. degree in Bioengineering: Premedical at UC San Diego in 2010. Under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Rodgers, he is developing novel therapeutics with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases.

Alick Tan

Chair

Menglu Han is a first-year M.S. student at the USC School of Pharmacy. She got her B.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a minor in Human Nutrition at Ohio State University. She is now working with Dr. Zhang Yong (Tiger) to investigate the protein post-translational modification (PTM) for identification of novel therapeutic targets and design of small-molecule PTM enzyme inhibitors for drug discovery. 

Menglu Han is a first-year M.S. student at the USC School of Pharmacy. She got her B.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a minor in Human Nutrition at Ohio State University. She is now working with Dr. Zhang Yong (Tiger) to investigate the protein post-translational modification (PTM) for identification of novel therapeutic targets and design of small-molecule PTM enzyme inhibitors for drug discovery. 

Menglu Han

Secretary

Dr. MacKay received his B.S. in chemical engineering and biology from MIT in 1999 after which he joined the Bioengineering department at UCSF-Berkeley in 2000. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 2005, he joined the Biomedical Engineering department at Duke University, where he earned a postdoctoral fellowship. He is currently an Assistant Professor at USC since 2009.

Dr. MacKay received his B.S. in chemical engineering and biology from MIT in 1999 after which he joined the Bioengineering department at UCSF-Berkeley in 2000. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 2005, he joined the Biomedical Engineering department at Duke University, where he earned a postdoctoral fellowship. He is currently an Assistant Professor at USC since 2009.

J. Andrew MacKay

Faculty Advisor

Aarti is a first year PhD Student in the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics program. She earned her BPharm (2011) from University of Mumbai and MS in Biology (2013) from Georgia State University. She also worked as a Research Associate in BRNI- Alzheimer's disease diagnostic laboratory. She is currently working with Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton to understand the role of inflammation in the development and progression of Alzheimer's Disease.

Aarti is a first year PhD Student in the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics program. She earned her BPharm (2011) from University of Mumbai and MS in Biology (2013) from Georgia State University. She also worked as a Research Associate in BRNI- Alzheimer's disease diagnostic laboratory. She is currently working with Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton to understand the role of inflammation in the development and progression of Alzheimer's Disease.

Aarti Mishra

Vice Chair

Yiwei (Yvette) Wang is a second year Ph.D student in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics. She received her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at USC in 2013. Yvette is currently a student in Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton's lab, where she conducts research on Alzheimer's disease with a focus on the impact of mitochondria.

Yiwei (Yvette) Wang is a second year Ph.D student in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics. She received her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at USC in 2013. Yvette is currently a student in Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton's lab, where she conducts research on Alzheimer's disease with a focus on the impact of mitochondria.

Yvette Wang

Social Chair

Jingwen (Julianna) Chen is a first year Ph.D. student in the department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rhodes College in 2014. Julianna is currently rotating in Dr. Tiger Zhang's lab where she is conducting research in developing antibody-drug conjugates.

Jingwen (Julianna) Chen is a first year Ph.D. student in the department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rhodes College in 2014. Julianna is currently rotating in Dr. Tiger Zhang's lab where she is conducting research in developing antibody-drug conjugates.

Julianna Chen

Treasurer

Chien-Yu (Joshua) Chen is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology program. He has a M.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at USC. He is interested in the roles of liver stem cell in hepatocarcinogenesis and is conducting research in Dr. Bangyan Stiles’s lab.

Chien-Yu (Joshua) Chen is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology program. He has a M.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at USC. He is interested in the roles of liver stem cell in hepatocarcinogenesis and is conducting research in Dr. Bangyan Stiles’s lab.

Joshua Chen

Communications Chair

Moving Targets History


Moving Targets was one of the first student-run symposia supported by AAPS in 2002. Students Hovhannes Gukasyan, Mohamed Qaddoumi, Jennifer Links, Jennica Zaro, Maureen Barnes and Melina Bayramyan formed the first Symposium committee. The support given by AAPS helps students in the pharmaceutical sciences face perhaps one of the biggest challenges for a new scientist: finding the time and energy to develop the other important skills that are earned along with the degree.

The goals of the chapter are to inform on the latest advances and discoveries in pharmaceutical sciences, to provide opportunities for professional advancement and leadership development, and to foster student participation in outreach activities that further the goals and objectives of AAPS at the local, regional, and national levels.

Over the past several years, the AAPS-USC student chapter has successfully organized and hosted the Moving Targets symposium on a diverse range of topics, including:

2014 - New Horizons in Anti-Cancer Therapeutics
2013 - Neurodegenerative Disease: Therapeutic Challenges & Opportunities 
2012 - Metabolic Syndrome: Past, Present and Future 
2011 - Aging and Oxidative Stress 
2010 - Frontiers in Immunotherapy 
2009 - Drug Delivery and Therapeutics to the Tumor Microenvironment 
2008 - Diabetes: Mechanisms and Treatments 
2007 - Stem Cell Technology

Moving Targets History


Moving Targets was one of the first student-run symposia supported by AAPS in 2002. Students Hovhannes Gukasyan, Mohamed Qaddoumi, Jennifer Links, Jennica Zaro, Maureen Barnes and Melina Bayramyan formed the first Symposium committee. The support given by AAPS helps students in the pharmaceutical sciences face perhaps one of the biggest challenges for a new scientist: finding the time and energy to develop the other important skills that are earned along with the degree.

The goals of the chapter are to inform on the latest advances and discoveries in pharmaceutical sciences, to provide opportunities for professional advancement and leadership development, and to foster student participation in outreach activities that further the goals and objectives of AAPS at the local, regional, and national levels.

Over the past several years, the AAPS-USC student chapter has successfully organized and hosted the Moving Targets symposium on a diverse range of topics, including:

2014 - New Horizons in Anti-Cancer Therapeutics
2013 - Neurodegenerative Disease: Therapeutic Challenges & Opportunities 
2012 - Metabolic Syndrome: Past, Present and Future 
2011 - Aging and Oxidative Stress 
2010 - Frontiers in Immunotherapy 
2009 - Drug Delivery and Therapeutics to the Tumor Microenvironment 
2008 - Diabetes: Mechanisms and Treatments 
2007 - Stem Cell Technology