Groundbreaking research could reduce opioids side effects


A research team led by Mamoun M. Alhamadsheh, PhD, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, recently published their research on a novel pharmacological probe that could lead to the development of pain medications with reduced side effects. Pharmacological probes are similar to drugs but investigate rather than treat. Probes investigate the site action of the drug, allowing researchers to better understand what causes side effects.

“Opioids are effective in the management of severe acute and chronic pain,” said Dr. Alhamadsheh. “However, they are often associated with dose-limiting side effects, such as sedation, nausea, vomiting, constipation and respiratory depression. Opioid induced constipation (OIC) is the most common side effect of opioid usage affecting 80 percent of patients who receive opioids for chronic or cancer-related pain. OIC can be difficult to manage and can be severe enough to require opioid discontinuation, exposing patients to unnecessary pain.”

Several peripherally acting mu-opioid receptor antagonists (PAMORAs) have been developed to lessen side effects such as OIC, but they are not very effective and often reverse the intended action of the opioid. Dr. Alhamadsheh’s research team has developed a new class of PAMORAs that does not cross the blood-brain barrier and as a result is effective in reducing side effects without lessening the efficacy of the opioid.

“The immediate application of this research is a more effective therapy for OIC; and potentially lowering the brain toxicity of some drug molecules,” he said.

Further, their research shows opioid receptors in the brain are linked to the cause of OIC, contrary to existing literature which suggests OIC is caused primarily by opioid receptors in the gastrointestinal tract.


Md Tariqul Haque Tuhin ’22, PhD, Dengpan Liang ’22, PhD, Fang Liu ’21, PhD, Hala Aldawod ’23, Toufiq Ul Amin ’23, Joshua S. Ho ’21, ’25, Rasha Emara ’24, Arjun D. Patel ’21, PhD, Melanie A. Felmlee, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, Miki Susanto Park, PhD, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, James A. Uchizono, PharmD, PhD, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, and Dr. Alhamadsheh published “Peripherally restricted transthyretin-based delivery system for probes and therapeutics avoiding opioid-related side effects” in Nature Communications on June 23, 2022.

Recent graduates Drs. Tuhin, Liang and Liu contributed equally to the initiation of the research and were supported by their fellow graduate students, and they worked together as a team to synthesize the new chemical molecules.

Pharmacy graduates receive national recognitions

Since 1955, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy has been training pharmacists who are innovators and leaders.

Continuing the legacy of excellence, Pacific’s doctor of pharmacy Class of 2022 have been recognized for their leadership, academic achievement and commitment to patient care.

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Academy of Student Pharmacists Mortar and Pestle Professionalism Award

For a graduating senior who exhibits characteristics inherent in a professional. 

Samantha Michiko Shilla Teshima

Alpha Psi Education, Scholarship and Leadership Foundation/Helen Rowland Scholarship
For a pharmacy graduate who has demonstrated extraordinary service and unique leadership within the School of Pharmacy, in memory of the wife of Ivan W. Rowland, founding dean and Alpha Psi/Phi Delta Chi chapter founder.

Kelsey Taylor Wong

American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists Senior Recognition Award
For a graduating senior who has most contributed to the local chapter. 

Samantha Michiko Shilla Teshima

AmerisourceBergen/Good Neighbor Pharmacy Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Practice Certificate
This certification program is designed to advance practitioners who develop entrepreneurial skills through both didactic and experiential work.

Elena Anne Que Andrada
Alvin Tien Chiem
Francine Doan
Roberto Roldan

Award of Excellence in Clinical Communication Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information
For a graduating senior who demonstrates high academic achievement and outstanding communication skills. 

Jessica Kaye

California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Central Valley Award
For graduating seniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement and service to the Central Valley.

Shameem Akhtar Bath
Irene Chia

Excellence in Building Community Award
For graduating seniors who have demonstrated an ability to work collaboratively and strengthen communities of all types.

Shameem Akhtar Bath
Jared Yasutake

Excellence in Dedication Award
For graduating seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary perseverance and dedication in the face of unexpected circumstances.

Woo Jin Lim
Rachel Marie Torres
Kyle Vo

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award
For graduating seniors who have shown outstanding leadership through a community service innovation, internship or scholarly research effort benefiting an economically, linguistically or otherwise diverse service population.

Adam Aboubakare
Aasim Ameen Ahmed

Excellence in Innovation Award
For graduating seniors who have demonstrated a strong ability to develop and implement novel approaches to challenges facing pharmacy today.

Chance Alexander Glaves
Reina Marie Manguiat Sanz

Excellence in National and International Contributions Award
For graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding service with a domestic or global emphasis.

Elena Anne Que Andrada
Ricky Vigen Philipossian
Knarik Yegiazaryan

Excellence in Patient Advocacy Award
For graduating seniors who have brought attention to the pharmacist’s role in serving the health care needs of special populations.

Carly Ann Brent
Pauline Anhmi Nguyen
Tuan Pham
Michelle Cynthia Tang
Jessica Tzu Ting Wei

Excellence in Promoting Unity and Service Award
For a graduating senior who have exhibited dedication to their classmates by providing leadership in the creation of a culture of unity, collegiality and service to the School.

Tavleen Kaur Takhar

Excellence in Youth Mentorship Award
For a graduating senior who demonstrated a commitment to mentor the youth in our community and provide unique opportunities for youth to explore higher education and health care professions.

Tiffany Vu

MERCK and Company Incorporated Award
For graduating seniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement in pharmacy studies. 

Emilia Simin Abdollahian
Soo Hyun Emily Hong
Simran Kaur
Lisa Thi Nguyen
Tiffany Vu

Norman Silva Scholarship San Joaquin Pharmacists Association Award
For a graduating senior who has demonstrated achievement and service to the School and the profession.

Jessica Tzu Ting Wei

Rho Chi Award
For a graduating senior who has achieved the highest GPA and who has shown excellent leadership.

Jessica Tzu Ting Wei

“Spirit of Pacific” Award
For graduating seniors who have dedicated their time, talent and resources to help further the mission of the School.

Emilia Simin Abdollahian
Irene Chia
Samantha Michiko Shilla Teshima

For graduates who have obtain the highest academic achievement in the class.

Jessica Kaye
Jessica Tzu Ting Wei

Viatris Excellence in Pharmacy Award
For a graduating senior in the top 25 percent academically who intends to enter practice upon graduation and demonstrates high personal motivation and possess a unique ability to communicate drug information.

Emilia Simin Abdollahian


Pharmacy alumna advocates for women in STEM

April Nguyen ’16, PharmD, RAC chose Pacific because she knew it was a place she could pursue two of her biggest passions for the pharmacy profession – patients and legislation.

As a student, she took advantage of the many leadership opportunities available to her. Her list of leadership roles and accomplishments is long, but she highlights one of the standout experiences being the creation of California Pharmacists Association’s inaugural Outreach Week and the now international Pharmacy Legislative Week (PLW) initiative, which advocates for health equity in marginalized communities.

“Together with my team, we were able to organize the first collaborative health fair between Pacific and California Northstate University, providing patient consultations to 400 community members in Hmong, Spanish and Vietnamese,” said Dr. Nguyen. “I channeled that momentum to create PLW in 2014 and had no idea it would grow into a collaboration between 38 schools of pharmacy across the United States and Canada. Over the past nine years, this student-led and student-driven coalition has focused on addressing barriers facing the health care profession and has since hosted virtual panels on advocacy, fighting health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community and burnout in the profession. These past two years, the program has advocated for marginalized communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Today Dr. Nguyen is a senior manager for regulatory affairs at Biogen, a Boston-based biotechnology company. She enjoys serving on the company’s employee resource networks to promote environmental sustainability initiatives and the empowerment of women and girls in STEM. She also created the Pharmacists at Biogen Community of Practice network to highlight the diverse roles that pharmacists can play in industry.

Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys volunteering with community-based organizations such as the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations to assist philanthropy and human rights efforts in Vietnam. She has also fostered seven dogs through a non-profit in the Sacramento area as they waited to find their “furrever homes.”

Of all her pursuits, Dr. Nguyen is most excited to empower women and girls in STEM and help advance diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the community.

“We can break down barriers in STEM by intentionally promoting inclusive and diverse cultures, giving women equal opportunities to pursue and thrive in their careers.”

“Women are significantly underrepresented in STEM majors, with even greater gender disparities at higher levels of leadership,” Dr. Nguyen said. “We can break down barriers in STEM by intentionally promoting inclusive and diverse cultures, giving women equal opportunities to pursue and thrive in their careers. The world needs women at every table where decisions are being made. Women, and especially women of color, make history every day, and there is no limit to what we can accomplish together.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Nguyen was honored with the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished New Practitioner Award and the Sacramento Valley Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacist of the Year Award in recognition of her contributions to the development of student pharmacists and impact on the profession. She also serves as a member of the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association where she says she “enjoys developing innovative and sustainable initiatives to grow the Pacific ‘pharmily.’”

Serving peers and patients is highest priority for pharmacy graduate


A distinctive character trait peers would use to describe Samantha Teshima ’22 is her dedication to serving others. As the 2020-21 president of Pacific’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) she was at the helm of the umbrella organization that manages all the pharmacy-related student groups.

Her vantage point overseeing 230 leadership positions as APhA-ASP president gives her a unique perspective for encouraging students to pursue leadership opportunities.

“Get to know the current leaders,” Teshima said. “Talk to people – you would be amazed at how interacting with others can give you a better idea of the organization’s culture, values and ideals – and if they fit your own.”

Serving as APhA-ASP president was transformative to her leadership development and opened doors to networking with leaders of state and local professional organizations. Teshima received the John J. Carbone Memorial Scholarship from the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation.

This scholarship is a reminder of how far I have come since starting pharmacy school,” said Teshima. “I not only have incredible mentors who have supported me but also had the opportunity to serve as a mentor as well. This scholarship is a promise to myself to continue to serve my patients, the profession and my future mentees.”

Service to others extends to patients.


2020-2021 APhA-ASP Executive Board

Top left to right: Nicholas Bolin ’22, Samantha Teshima ’22, Alexis Hand ’22, Jared Yasutake ’22. Bottom left to right: Erika Wang ’22, Kelsey Wong ’22, Kaitlyn Lehtola ’22.

“I am a second-generation pharmacist in the making,” she said. “I have constantly been inspired by my parents’ dedication to the profession. Pharmacists are known as the most accessible health care providers – I wanted to pursue a health care profession that is accessible to all because patient care is very important to me.”

An interest in chemistry led her to earn a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical chemistry from University of California, Davis.

“Pharmacists are considered the chemists of the health care team,” she explained.

“I am a second-generation pharmacist in the making. Pharmacists are known as the most accessible health care providers – I wanted to pursue a health care profession that is accessible to all because patient care is very important to me.”

Outside the world of pharmacy, she loves writing and traveling.

“If I had unlimited time and resources, I would spend more time with my family,” she said. “My grandmother has never been to Japan; I would take her on trips to Japan and other countries across the world. I would get back into writing and editing, and possibly take up journalism again. I would also like to learn at least one other language.”

After graduating this May, she is excited to embark on the next phase of her personal and professional development through a PGY1 residency at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco.

American Cancer Society Committee members inspired by loved ones to reduce the global impact of cancer

Cancer — few words can provoke as visceral a response. Pacific’s American Cancer Society Committee (ACSC) knows cancer profoundly impacts millions worldwide and these future pharmacists are committed to lessening its devastating impact.

“Our mission is to raise cancer awareness by educating the community at health fairs, hosting speaker events and raising funds to support the American Cancer Society’s research,” said Victoria Te ’23. “Through informational posters and anatomical models, we teach patients how to perform self-examinations, what signs and symptoms to look out for and what prevention methods are recommended to lower the risk of cancer.”


Every October ACSC collaborates with local businesses, artists and vendors to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society during Breast Cancer Awareness Week. ACSC also participates in health care outreach and fundraising events, including Relay for Life, throughout the year.

Co-chairs Te and Christine Phan ’23 have a personal connection to ACSC’s mission.

“I have had close ones who have lost their battles with cancer and know of others who are still fighting,” said Te. “These individuals are some of the strongest people I know, their strength and perseverance inspire me. Coming to pharmacy school, I wanted to continue my dedication to helping those affected by cancer, as well as learn about current drug treatments and ongoing research.”

Phan is honoring her aunt’s legacy.

“A huge motivator for me to become a pharmacist was my aunt, who was a pharmacist,” said Phan. “Unfortunately, she passed away from breast cancer and leukemia during my college years. Losing one of the strongest people I knew was a huge shock to me. When I got into pharmacy school, I wanted to join ACSC to be an active part of promoting awareness about cancer symptoms and news about cancer research. I hope that by promoting awareness of cancer, more people can look out for themselves and be more proactive in getting medical attention when they notice the signs and symptoms.”

“As health care professionals, we have a responsibility to help propel this research forward by showing our support for new treatments and cures in order to improve the prognosis of those affected by cancer.”

— Inderdeep Saggi ’24

May is National Cancer Research Month, a time to bring awareness to the ongoing efforts to develop more effective and accessible treatment options. In 2020, cancer was the leading cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization and the second leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Cancer affects people on a global scale, so it is imperative that cancer prevention, education and treatment has just as wide of a reach,” said Inderdeep Saggi ’24. “As health care professionals, we have a responsibility to help propel this research forward by showing our support for new treatments and cures in order to improve the prognosis of those affected by cancer.”


Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide


Cancer is the second highest cause of death in the U.S.

Oncology is a career path within pharmacy where pharmacists can be part of interdisciplinary teams working directly with cancer patients.

“Oncology pharmacists are responsible for providing direct patient care, such as medication management and managing the side effects that often accompany chemotherapy,” said Phan. “Their clinical experience and direct patient-patient interactions also allows them to help write institutional guidelines to streamline evidence-based decision making to improve patient care.”

Find Pacific’s ACSC on Instagram at @ACSC.UOP or on Facebook.

Critical care pharmacist joins pharmacy practice faculty

Caroline L. Ko, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, associate clinical professor of pharmacy practice, was drawn to the pharmacy profession as it allowed her to combine her interest in biology with her passion for teaching — teaching patients about their medications, precepting learners in pharmacy and educating other health care providers on medication therapy considerations.

“I am excited to bring my experience as a member of many interdisciplinary health care teams in critical care and emergency medicine to the classroom,” said Dr. Ko. “I hope to integrate practical decision-making skills into the classroom to prepare Pacific students for acute care rotations and residencies. I want to inspire future critical care and emergency medicine pharmacists.”


Dr. Ko has served as a preceptor for Pacific since 2015 and in 2019 she was recognized as the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year for the San Jose region. Prior to joining the Pacific faculty, she served as an emergency medicine and critical care pharmacist specialist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

She earned her bachelor of science in molecular biology from University of California, San Diego and her doctor of pharmacy from University of California, San Francisco. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at San Francisco VA Medical Center.

“I am excited to bring my experience as a member of many interdisciplinary health care teams in critical care and emergency medicine to the classroom.”

“My critical care preceptor was an amazing mentor and role model, and I quickly learned how much I enjoyed working in an interdisciplinary team to manage complex patients,” she said. “In the intensive care unit, the perspectives of all members of the team are important to create the best possible treatment plan. I realized the impact a critical care pharmacist could have on patient outcomes.”

A PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency at Stanford Hospital allowed her to explore the world of emergency medicine.

“Both critical care and emergency medicine are areas where you are constantly learning something new, and no two days are alike,” she said.

Dr. Ko is passionate about promoting diversity in pharmacy. She serves as a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Dr. Ko is a founding member of the PharmGradWishlist Leadership Team, which was founded in April 2021 with the goal of supporting and encouraging minority pharmacy students, residents and fellows.

“Since PharmGradWishlist was founded, we have led fundraising efforts to provide funds for moving expenses, laptops and licensing fees to graduating students and awarded 20 scholarships to fund residency application fees,” Dr. Ko said. “Creating diversity in health care professions is an important step in advancing health equity.”

Her interests include dancing and teaching ballet. She enjoys exploring the food scene in the Bay Area with her husband. She loves to write and travel, and she could envision herself authoring a travel blog.

Pharmacy students connect with the Vietnamese community


Since 2007, Pacific’s Vietnamese Cancer Awareness, Research & Education Society (VN CARES) has drawn on a valuable resource — doctor of pharmacy students who speak fluent Vietnamese.

“As an undergraduate student I had the privilege of working with VN CARES as a Vietnamese translator at many of their health fairs,” said second-year co-chair Yvette Luong ’23. “Many of the patients I had the opportunity to help told me their stories and how difficult it was for them to access health care. These health fairs were the only way they could receive updates and check on their health.”

“Many of the patients I had the opportunity to help told me their stories and how difficult it was for them to access health care. These health fairs were the only way they could receive updates and check on their health.”

— Yvette Luong ’23

While language is an effective tool for reaching and serving the Vietnamese community, VN CARES is dedicated to promoting health for individuals of all ethnicities.

“As a committee we strive to serve and promote health to underserved community members as a whole,” said Luong.

VN CARES hosts annual health fairs in Stockton, Sacramento and San Jose. At the health fairs, students educate community members about anemia, breast cancer and cervical cancer. VN CARES collaborates with other outreach committees to offer health screening services, including bone mineral density, blood pressure, asthma, cholesterol and memory decline. In addition, influenza immunizations and COVID-19 vaccinations are offered. They also invite local vendors to offer their services, whether it be access to medical clinics or discounts at nearby medical supply stores.


April is National Minority Health Month and is a platform for bringing awareness to the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion within health care.

“Celebrating National Minority Health Month raises awareness toward the disparities experienced by numerous underserved minority populations,” said first-year co-chair Judy Tran ’24. “As racial and ethnic discrepancies continue to exist, it is important to commemorate those affected by these disparities.”

The student leaders describe VN CARES as a progressive committee comprised of passionate, hard-working future pharmacists.

“VN CARES is inclusive to all students, regardless of identity,” said second-year co-chair Nhi U. Bui ’23. “Another unique feature in VN CARES is that our members each have designated roles which they focus on. While the roles are defined, we continue to collaborate among one another to meet our common goals and purpose.”

Find VN CARES on Instagram at @uopvncares or on Facebook.

Pharmacy student has a personal connection to research

Chiron Tran ’24 has his sights sets on a pharmacy career focused on cardiology. At Pacific, he is gaining hands-on research experience under the guidance of Roshanak Rahimian, PharmD, MSc, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

Existing scientific literature suggests that the effect of diabetes on the vascular system may differ between males and females; however, not enough evidence has been found to establish the timeline of events and the underlying mechanisms. The goal of Dr. Rahimian’s research team is to investigate the arterial function of the pre-diabetic and diabetic states in both sexes and examine the potential relationship between sex hormones and vascular dysfunction in diabetes.

“One of my close family members almost passed away due to a rare cardiovascular disease,” said Tran. “By participating in the review of scientific literature on topics related to our research focus, such as the effect of estrogen on lipid metabolism, I’ve been able to develop a better understanding, not just about our group’s work on diabetes, but also about the cardiovascular system and the significant role that the interactions between these processes play in maintaining one’s health.”

Engaging with research has helped him hone his critical thinking skills.


“One of the most important skills that a pharmacist should possess is the ability to apply their knowledge of evidence-based medicine to make informed decisions about the best possible treatment options for their patients,” Tran said. “Participating in research can play an important role in helping aspiring pharmacists develop both aspects of this skill.”

This experience is also reinforcing his understanding of the body’s underlying mechanism of biological and chemical processes, which will help him serve patients throughout his career.


“One of the most important skills that a pharmacist should possess is the ability to apply their knowledge of evidence-based medicine to make informed decisions about the best possible treatment options for their patients. Participating in research can play an important role in helping aspiring pharmacists develop both aspects of this skill.”

Honoring our mentors on International Women’s Day

Since 1977, March 8 has been celebrated as International Women’s Day. Our students and alumni shared stories of women who inspire them.


Nancy DeGuire [’89] was my first contact at UOP. Nancy has always guided and encouraged me to think beyond what I know I can do and challenge myself to be more. She set the bar high as a pharmacy professional and as a mentor. Several years ago, out of the blue, she walked through the door of my pharmacy. I was excited to show her my world and talk about my plans for the future.”

Bianca Bradshaw ’04, PharmD is the owner of Elmore Pharmacy in Red Bluff, possibly the oldest continuously operated pharmacy in California. She stays connected to her alma mater as a Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association (PPAA) board member.

“I want to show my gratitude for my mom, Adelina Miranda Gapac, MSW, LCSW. She migrated from the Philippines to the U.S. in the early 1960s with clear goals to achieve academic and professional success while enduring discrimination, workplace hardships and health and personal challenges. A formidable career woman, successful therapist and community leader with the New Jersey Board of Education for over 30 years, my mother served as an anchor role model, fiercely defending her family, profession, student advocacy and community engagement.”

Jeanne Gapac Brady ’93, PharmD is a clinical pharmacy manager at LaRoc Enterprise. She passes on her knowledge of acute care and clinical pharmacy to future health care professionals as an adjunct faculty member and PPAA board member.


“I want to show my gratitude for The Honorable Consuelo Maria Callahan [’75]. She has mentored me throughout my undergraduate and professional pharmacy education. Sharing her personal experiences, she has taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance in times of adversity. Her generous scholarship contributions have helped me and other students continue our education. I strive each day to become the same kind of role model to others.”

Celine Chandler ’23 serves as vice president of legislative affairs for American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) and project manager for Student Pharmacist Advocacy Coalition.

“ I want to show my gratitude for Carmen Swanson. She has always been so kind and willing to help in any way. I admire her work ethic and passion to serve the school of pharmacy. I am so grateful to have met Carmen and to work alongside her.”

Jane Ham ’23 serves as vice president of membership and finance for APhA-ASP and secretary for Phi Lambda Sigma. She also serves a project manager for the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation and Pacific Outreach for Youth Services and Education.


“I would like to recognize my former preceptor and fellow Pacific alumna Alma Ochoa [’08]. During my 6-week long-term care rotation, she inspired me to pursue geriatric pharmacy and has since mentored me throughout my career thus far. Her passion for her patients and continued perseverance for pharmacy despite the challenges we face are traits I’ve always admired. Thank you for inspiring me to dream big and to strive to reach my fullest potential.”

Irene (Andrada) Solorio ’15, PharmD, BCGP is pharmacist in charge at Omnicare, a CVS Health company. She mentors students as a PPAA board member.

“I want to show my gratitude for Erica Betz. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with her for many events and have implemented her communication and organizational skills into my professional career. She continues to inspire me to create new initiatives and to strive for more student outreach. I am always ecstatic to enter her office space because she consistently exudes positivity and genuineness.”

Serena Young ’23 serves as vice president of correspondence for APhA-ASP and project manager for the Bone Mineral Density committee. She represents the School as an Associated Students of the University of the Pacific senator. She is also a member of Phi Delta Chi.


Remembering Edward S. Sherman, PharmD


Edward S. Sherman, PharmD
Jan. 22, 1940 – Dec. 22, 2021

Edward S. Sherman, PharmD will be remembered as a knowledgeable pharmacist, astute businessman and passionate educator. A guest lecture on the business of pharmacy led him to serving as an adjunct faculty member for the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy for over 22 years.

He helped mold students into compassionate professionals and creative entrepreneurs. Through his Opportunities in Pharmacy elective course, he challenged students to consider their role in their profession, their community and their family. Dr. Sherman and his wife, Sheila, were dedicated to the School and our students. They regularly attended School events to share industry knowledge about independent pharmacy.

Becoming a licensed pharmacist in 1963, his career spanned six decades. Dr. Sherman made a lasting impact on his community through his career as a pharmacist and was a tireless advocate for community pharmacists. He was an active member of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). In 2011, he was recognized as the NCPA Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year. He was a member of the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association for 30 years, serving in numerous roles, including on the board of directors.

Dr. Sherman was a loyal brother, devoted husband and proud father and grandfather. His children, Pam and Joel, fondly remember him coaching baseball and softball and taking them camping and fishing. Dr. Sherman and his wife recently celebrated 59 years of marriage. They were avid travelers. Their adventures took them around the world, including Antarctica, Asia, Australia and South America.

His family and friends will miss his good-natured teasing and genuine love for all people.

To honor his memory, the CPhA Educational Foundation Sherman Family Entrepreneur Scholarship was established to support future pharmacists exploring an entrepreneurial career in pharmacy and identifying opportunities to further pharmacy practice through business. Learn more.


Dr. Sherman second from right

Unique pharmacy practice fellowship opens many doors

Standing before a lecture hall full of students for the first time can be intimidating. This challenge is one of the experiences Allison Mac ’19, PharmD, BCPS and Laura Meyer, PharmD took on when they became fellows of Pacific’s Pharmacy Practice Fellowship.

This unique fellowship was designed for those with dual interests in academia and research. Fellows hone their skills in teaching, research and clinical practice through immersive experiences in the classroom and in clinical settings. They also serve as preceptors at health care outreach events. Six rotations are offered, ranging from acute inpatient medicine to geriatric outreach. Fellows earn a master of science in health care outcomes and clinical services.

Allison Mac ’19, PharmD, BCPS
Laura Meyer, PharmD

Dr. Mac was a pre-pharmacy student at Pacific. She earned her doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) from University of the Pacific in 2019. She completed a PGY1 acute care residency at Western University of Health Sciences and St. Mary Medical Center in Southern California.

Dr. Meyer earned her bachelor of science in biological sciences from Colorado State University and her PharmD from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2020. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

What inspired you to pursue this fellowship?

Dr. Mac: “Ever since I was an undergraduate student, the faculty and staff have always been extremely supportive and invested in my growth as a professional. I wanted to pursue this fellowship to start my own journey in helping to grow future generations of innovative and compassionate pharmacists.”

Dr. Meyer: “The fellowship had all the components I was looking for to get started in academia; hands on teaching experience, research experience, the opportunity to further my own education and mentorship to grow as an educator. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”

What is something that brightens your day?

Dr. Mac: “Spending time with my family and my dog, Benji. And ice cream — I’ll eat ice cream no matter how cold it is outside.”

Dr. Meyer: “Seeing the look on a student’s face when something finally clicks and they understand how what they learned in lecture applies to the patient they are caring for.”

What is your hidden talent?

Dr. Mac: “I can make a box of cookies disappear quite quickly.”

Dr. Meyer: “Skiing and rock climbing.”

If you had unlimited time, what would you do more of?

Dr. Mac: “Cooking and baking. Hiking through national parks.”

Dr. Meyer: “Hiking, cooking and reading.”

Pacifican will get a preview of the future through Bayer fellowship


Chance Glaves ’18, ’22 has the opportunity to look into the future of pharmacy. He will be embarking on a fellowship at Bayer in partnership with the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program. At Bayer, he will be working in the business development and licensing division, which he describes as “the engine of the company that drives the company forward in terms of innovative acquisitions.”

As a fellow, he will investigate new opportunities to present to the deals committee.

“Going into business development and licensing gives you the experience of working in the future of pharmacy,” said Glaves. “One of the goals is to spot new opportunities in the market for Bayer to either partner with or acquire. I will be working with companies developing products consumers probably won’t see for half a decade or more.”

The clinical knowledge and soft skills he gained at Pacific have prepared him to rise to the challenge of adapting to new environments. He also credits his mentors for shaping him into who he is today.

“I will be working with companies developing products consumers probably won’t see for half a decade or more.”

“I’ve had a lot of very supportive mentors over my time at University of the Pacific that have supported me throughout my overall development, both as a person and as a professional,” he said.

While Glaves was an undergraduate student studying biochemistry, Jerry Tsai, PhD, professor of chemistry, helped him explore career paths and encouraged him to investigate pharmacy. Wade A. Russu, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, helped him gain invaluable hands-on experience working in a pharmaceutical research lab. Dan Wadhwani, PhD, professor of business, ignited his passion for entrepreneurship during the master of business administration program. Glaves also counts his colleagues, Nicholas Bolin ’22, Dylan Holt ’22 and Samantha Teshima ’22, among his mentors.

Speaking from experience, he advocates for taking risks.

“Apply to that fellowship program you think you may not get into or apply to that residency that you don’t feel too confident about,” he said. “You might have the best interview of your life and that can lend you the opportunity that you’re looking for.”

At Pacific, he was introduced to the pharmaceutical industry through Pacific Industry Pharmacists Organization and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. He served the community as a member of Operation Immunization. Glaves is also a proud member of Beta Theta Pi, Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma.