GMU PharmD Students Complete a Summer Research Internship at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

The College of Pharmacy at Gulf Medical University has a partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) that involves student exchange and summer research internship programs. GMU participants in the program this year were Dalia and Nourhan who are now just starting their 5th year of the PharmD program at GMU.

On September 9, 2019 the student trainees gave a storytelling seminar where they shared their VCU experience with their peers from the College of Pharmacy at GMU.

Dalia presented on her pharmacogenomics research project in Dr. McClay’s lab. Her focus was on the use of ketamine as a rapid-acting and long-lasting antidepressant based on its epigenetically mediated mechanism. Nourhan presented on her pharmaceutics research project in Dr. Gerk’s lab. Her focus was on improving the bioavailability of different drugs and analysis using HPLC and Mass Spectrometry.

Dean Khalifa said: The Summer research internship program is an excellent opportunity for students to explore their potential and experience lab based research first hand. This will definitely help them as they make important decisions and career plans. We are looking forward to receiving VCU students for research and APPE internships in the near future.