Some Departmental Alumni

Dr Sridhar Balasubramanyan
Joined our graduate program in 2002; graduated PhD in 2006
Undergraduate degree: B.Pharm., Chennai, India; MSc in Pharmacology, NIPER, India
Graduate research: Changes in the properties of substantia gelatinosa neurons induced by peripheral nerve injury
Current employment position: Pharmacist, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Washington State, USA

Dr Christian R. Carter
Joined our graduate program in 2004; graduated PhD in 2010
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Specialization) in Pharmacology, University of Alberta
Graduate research: Cys loop receptor pharmacology: alterations in agonist or receptor structure may provide insight into receptor activation
Current employment position: Clinical Research Coordinator, The Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC)

Dr Jason Derry
Joined our graduate program in 1999; graduated PhD in 2004.
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Honours) in Pharmacology, University of Alberta
Graduate research: Structure-function relationships of the benzodiazepine binding site on the GABA-A receptor
First employment position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Current employment position: Manager, Corporate Planning at Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Government of Alberta

Dr Robert A. Holt
Joined our graduate program in 1993; graduated PhD in 1997
Undergraduate degree: BSc in Life Sciences, University of British Columbia
Graduate research: Molecular characterization of GABA-A receptors
First employment position: Laboratory Manager, Celera Genomics
Current employment position: Head of Sequencing, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency

Dr Jay Jaswal
Joined our graduate program in 2000; graduated PhD in 2007
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Honours) in Pharmacology, University of Alberta
Graduate research: Regulation of cardiac energy metabolism and ischemia reperfusion injury by stress-responsive protein kinases
First employment position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mazankowski Heart Institute, University of Alberta
Current position: Program Manager, Programs, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Dr Paul Jurasz
Joined our graduate program in 1998; graduated PhD in 2002
Undergraduate degree: BSc in Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Graduate research: Tumour cell-induced platelet aggregation
First employment position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Institute of Molecular Medicine
Current position: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta

Dr Terry P. Kenakin
Joined our graduate program in 1971; graduated PhD in 1975
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Honours) in Chemistry, University of Alberta
Graduate research: Mechanisms of histamine receptor antagonists
First employment position: Postdoctoral Fellow, laboratory of Professor Sir James Black, University College London, UK
Current position: Principal Research Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline R&D, Research Triangle Park, USA

Dr Janna Kozuska
Joined our graduate program in 2003; graduated PhD in 2007
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Specialization) in Pharmacology, University of Alberta
Graduate research: Activated states of the GABA-A receptor
First employment position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Dundee, Scotland
Current position: Quality Assurance Manager, CTIRC, University of Alberta

Dr Van B. Lu
Joined our graduate program in 2003; graduated PhD in 2007
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Honours) in Pharmacology, University of Alberta
Graduate research: Role of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor in the generation of central sensitization and neuropathic pain
First employment position: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA

Dr Puja Sapra
Joined our graduate program in 1999; graduated PhD in 2003
Undergraduate degree: BSc, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Graduate research: MSc in Pharmacology, University of Strathclyde
Current position: Senior Director, Oncology Research Unit, Pfizer, New York, USA

Dr Raymond Tam
Joined our graduate program in 2009; graduated MSc in 2011
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Honours) 2008 in Pharmacology, University of Alberta
Graduate research: MSc 2011 in Pharmacology, University of Alberta
Current position: Resident (Family Medicine), Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Canada

Dr Haitao You
Joined our graduate program in 2003; graduated PhD in 2008
Undergraduate degree: BSc in Pharmacology, Fudan University, China; MSc in Neuropharmacology, University of Bristol, UK
Graduate research: GABA-A receptor characterisation
First employment position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary
Current position: MBA Candidate, Hayskayne School of Business, University of Calgary