Pharmaceutical Sciences



Associate Professor Jennifer Prescher REsearches bioluminescence; teaches chemistry to l.a. rams

Jen Prescher



Associate Professor Jennifer Prescher is featured in the University of California news for her research on synthesis of bioluminescent molecules to help decode multicellular interactions in the human body, which may foster breakthroughs in the fight against cancer and infectious diseases. She also taught the L.A. Rams about Chemistry while they trained mentally and physically at UCI.


Excellence in Biomedical Research Award

for undergraduate student poster

Lynette Jackson




Lynnette Jackson, an undergraduate student in Professor John Chaput's lab, received the excellence in biomedical research award for her poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida.


BEST IGERT traineeship awarded to graduate student

Sarah Nainar


Sarah Nainar, a graduate student in Professor Rob Spitale's lab, was selected for the BEST IGERT research traineeship that will provide funding up to two years of doctoral education. Her project is to develop light-activated methods to probe the function of RNA inside living cells.


Professor Young Kwon featured on cover of ACS Nano

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“Killing two birds with one stone”: manipulating two pathological pathways for synergistic and targeted therapy using chimeric nanoparticles (ChNPs) synthesized with a viral core to express a cell-death-promoting protein and an acid-degradable polymeric shell encapsulating small interfering RNA to silence a pro-survival protein simultaneously. The ChNPs efficiently and specifically killed leukemia in vitro and in vivo, while avoiding inactivation by the immune system.

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PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES PROFESSOR Dr. Mahtab Jafari, featured in the Wall Street Journal

Dr. Mahtab Jafari Wall Street Journal News article


Seeking elixir of life

Testing cinnamon and other common substances to see if they extend life and health

A research lab at a University of California campus has a big ambition—to extend the number of years people live disease-free..


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