PTR welcomes new graduate students in fall 2021

PTR grad students 2021
The department of pharmacotherapy and translational research welcomed these new graduate students in the fall 2021: Pictured from left to right, Abelardo Montalvo, Eissa Jafari, Qingchen Zhang, Francisco Marchi, Islam Eljilany and Brian Gawronski. Not pictured was Samia Shabnaz.

Islam Eljilany

Islam was raised in Cairo, Egypt and received a PhD from the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Barcelona School of Management at the University of Pempu Fabra in Spain and a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Pharmacy at Cairo University in Egypt. His professional interests include academia and learning about fundamental and technical analysis. His interests outside of pharmacy include traveling, picking, swimming, watching action and suspense movies, and playing chess. Fun fact: Islam is crazy about eating spicy food and drinking Pepsi.

Brian Gawronski

Brian is originally from Merritt Island, FL, and earned his PharmD from the University of Florida. His professional interests include precision medicine, cardiovascular and oncology pharmacogenomics, and AI and machine learning research techniques. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking and camping, travel, fitness, aerospace industry, theme park design, and attending live theater and musical performances. Fun fact: Brian’s first job was at the Kennedy Space Center.

Eissa Jafari

Eissa joins us from Jazan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and obtained his PharmD at Jazan University in Saudi Arabia and a Master of Science degree in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics from the University of Georgia. His professional interests include academia and research in pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine. Outside of pharmacy, Eissa enjoys playing soccer. Fun fact: Eissa did three summer trainings during his PharmD training at the University of Kentucky and Virginia Commonwealth University, all of which were life-changing experiences.

Abelardo Montalvo

Abelardo was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, earning a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Miami and his PharmD from the University of Florida. His professional interests include diabetes, autoimmune conditions, infectious disease, oncology, and pharmacogenomics. Some of his other interests include playing chess, video games, and card games, going outdoors, animals, Pokémon, cooking, and food science. Fun fact: Abelardo has three cats, and one is named after a Pokémon (Litten).

Francisco Marchi

Francisco grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. His professional interests include liquid biopsies for cancer, multi-omics integration, machine learning, and bioinformatics. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys philanthropy through his nonprofit Heroes of Medicine. Fun fact: Francisco has no background in pharmacy.

Qingchen Zhang

Qingchen joins us from Yinchuan, Ningxia, China, and received his MS from Tufts University. His professional interests are pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling, in-vitro to clinical scaling, drug metabolism, drug-drug interaction (DDI), and enzyme kinetics. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys kickboxing and MMA and playing video games, especially StarCraft 2. Fun fact: The pronunciation of his name is Americanized a lot. In Chinese, it is pronounced like “qzing chen”, but most people here call him “king chen”. He doesn’t mind either of the pronunciations!