Department of pharmaceutics graduate students Brian Cicali, M.S., and Tamara King have been awarded fellowships from the Dr. Allen Spiegel Graduate Endowment in Pharmaceutical Research to support their graduate studies at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.
Cicali’s research primarily focuses on using computational modeling to better understand the mechanisms of clinical drug safety and efficacy. His mentor is Stephan Schmidt, Ph.D., F.C.P., an associate professor of pharmaceutics and the Certara Endowed Professor.
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen to be a Spiegel Graduate Fellow and am very grateful to the Spiegel family for making such an honor possible,” said Cicali, a second-year student. “I will continue to work hard to show I am deserving of this award and the value it adds to my graduate education at UF.”
King’s research focuses on bioanalytical method development and preclinical pharmacokinetics of discovery compounds, specifically targeting the central nervous system. Her primary mentor was the late Bonnie Avery, Ph.D., a clinical professor of pharmaceutics. King is now mentored by Chris McCurdy, Ph.D., FAAPS, a professor of medicinal chemistry, and Thomas Schmittgen, Ph.D., chair and professor of pharmaceutics and the V. Ravi Chandran Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
“Being awarded the Spiegel Fellowship provides financial security to focus on my research and writing in the final stages of my doctoral program,” said King, a fifth-year student.
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