About AAPS - Board Members
Shili Xu is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC School of Pharmacy. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Nouri Neamati. The title of his research project is "Development of Novel Small Molecule Agents for Cancer Chemotherapy." His research focuses on the development of novel small molecule inhibitors targeting proteins (gp130, Stat3, survivin, PDI, et al) essential for cancer progression
Harsh Sancheti is a graduate student at USC School of Pharmacy in the laboratory of Dr Enrique Cadenas. He is working with triple transgenic mice with Alzheimer’s disease phenotype to ascertain the effects of a dithiol compound in treating Alzheimer’s disease. He completed a Masters in Pharmaceutics in 2010 from USC and is currently pursuing a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a second Masters degree in Regulatory Sciences.
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AAPS-USC Social Chair
Ni Zeng is a graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC School of Pharmacy. She is currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Bangyan Stiles. Her research focuses on understanding the regeneration and aging process of pancreatic beta cells
Zhechu Peng is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC School of Pharmacy. She was an exchange student to School of Pharmacy last semester and then become a new student in PhD program. She is now doing her lab rotations.
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J. Andrew MacKay
AAPS-USC Faculty Advisor
Dr. MacKay received his S.B. in chemical engineering and biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. After working for a Boston area biotechnology company, he entered the Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering at the University of California at San Francisco and Berkeley. At UCSF-Berkeley, he earned a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 2005, Dr. Mackay joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, where he earned a Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. MacKay joined the faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor in December 2008.