BS Degree, Masters Degree, Other Degrees: PharmD, University of Jordan & Masters in Pharmeceutical Science, University of Jordan
Track: Pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
PI: Dr. Roberto Guzman and Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy
Graduation year: 2023
Q: What inspired you to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Arizona?
A: When I was in college, a professor once told us that “The best way to learn is through teaching.” This quote resonated very well with me and inspired me to apply to graduate school at the University of Arizona.
Q: Do you have any role models that inspire you at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy?
A: R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy has many of the top scientists in their field, and I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to learn from them.
Dr. Georg Wondrak specifically has taught me that to be a successful scientist and a strong leader: compassion and kindness are a must.
Q: Have you experienced any challenges in school? How did you overcome them?
A: Choosing to apply to a Ph.D. program was not an easy decision; however, I have enjoyed the journey of being in graduate school. Yes, of course. I have faced some challenges, but by keeping an open mind and a positive attitude, along with the great support I received from our college leaders, I overcame these challenges.
Q: What is your research focused on?
A: The effect of obstructive sleep apnea on inflammatory markers and formulating a drug that could possibly treat sleep apnea.
Q: What do you enjoy most about the graduate program?
A: I love getting to do research, and I like that at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy, we are provided with reasonable resources to conduct groundbreaking research. For me, research is similar to narrating a story where the beginning starts by asking the research question, but the difference here is that the story never ends as people evolve and continue to look for answers.
Q: Do you have any words of advice for students interested in pursuing a pharmaceutical graduate degree?
A: Perseverance is the secret. Sometimes things do not go the way you planned, but that is a part of the training, and it will help shape your future career. Be patient and never give up!
Q: What are your goals after graduation?
A: To continue learning every day. I would also like to be an instructor for a pharmacy school.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity to talk about my experience in graduate school. I am so grateful to be part of this institution.
Story by: Gracie Lordi