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DYC Pharmacy Students Present at State Pharmacology Meeting

Buffalo, New York – May 20, 2014 – Three D’Youville School of Pharmacy students presented their research at the third annual Upstate New York Pharmacology Society Meeting at the University at Buffalo on Monday, May 19, with Dr. Shoshanna Zucker, assistant professor of pharmacy.

The students, Diana Bofinger, Brendan Sorrento and Zethan Koch are all P1 students, a term used for students in their first year of the pharmacy program and part of Dr. Zucker’s research team. They presented two research posters on the subject of oxidative stress and melanoma cells.

Koch has been selected to deliver one of the graduate student oral presentations, only one of six students selected to present at the meeting.

His topic is “Gap junctions increase the area of melanoma cell death induced by combination therapy with non-thermal plasma and tirapazamine” which represents the collaborative work of Dr. Zucker and Dr. Jennifer Zirnheld of the University at Buffalo’s Department of Electrical Engineering.

“Zethan is an exceptional student and is highly driven in his research,” Dr. Zucker said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for him to promote his career and we are excited to gain exposure for our research in a larger context.”

The annual regional meeting showcases research in pharmacology by students and faculty. This year’s theme is ‘Development and Disease across the Lifespan” and the keynote speaker will be Burns C. Blaxall, PhD, professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Director of Translational Research at the Heart Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

More Information

For additional information contact Dr. Zucker at 716-829 –7903 or