Student Hightlight Interviews

Vadryn Pierre, BS

How long have you been a Member of ACCP? I have been a member of ACCP since spring 2011, my 2nd semester at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Please describe your studies/research? I am currently working with Dr. Schentag on inflammatory signals and immune response in Chronic Hepatitis C patients analyzing trends in cytokines levels during therapy.

Why did you choose the field of clinical pharmacology? Clinical Pharmacology merges the core STEM subjects with clinical pharmacy in ways that allows creativity whether you choose bench or clinical research. I find it fascinating that I can contribute to drug development with modeling and simulation which I had prior exposure to as an engineer.

Who was most influential to you in selecting your career path? The faculty members at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are thought leaders in the area of clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics. After talking to Dr. Schentag about the field, I was convinced that this would be the right path to obtain advanced training and conduct research in clinical pharmacology.

What advice would you give to another Student considering membership in ACCP? My advice to other students would be to join and network with other students and professionals in the field who can be potential mentors in the future. Take advantage of the resources available on the website regarding internship opportunities in industry or academia. If you are considering a career in drug development or translational science this is the right organization to join.

What qualities have you worked on during your graduate studies to become a successful scientist? Networking and formulating a thorough, testable hypothesis with feasible endpoints or deliverables. I have also worked on developing good statistical analysis skills through course work in the program.

How has involvement in ACCP helped shape your career and what benefits have you enjoyed as a result of being an ACCP member (Mentoring, Committees, posters at Annual Meetings, etc.? As a member of ACCP, I do get access to the latest research published on the journal. As previously mentioned, the various student-focused activities and resources in the annual meetings are very encouraging and supportive of student involvement in the college. In terms of my career, I think the various members and leaders who are pharmacists really inspire me to continue to strive and be more productive my career.

How would you recommend that students get involved in the various initiatives of the college? If you feel that you can contribute to your school, your peers, and other members through suggestions, or student activities at the meeting, I do recommend all students to become part of the committee, or write to the college about your thoughts.

Please tell us about your experience as a Student at the ACCP Annual Meeting or on an ACCP Committee? As a student, I was pleased to watch my professor from UB deliver lectures on antibody pharmacokinetics. I was also intrigued by the dynamics of the interaction between pharmaceutical industry scientists and FDA regulators during a panel discussion.

What networking opportunities are available for students attending the ACCP Annual Meeting? Leaders from academia, industry, FDA and scientists from all over the world are all present ready to listen or interact with you.

What are some of the long term benefits of getting involved in ACCP as a student? Depending on your level of activity, and leadership demonstrated as a student in the college, the skills and connections you make can be helpful in your career as a student and a professional.

What do you do when not working (i.e. other activities like sports, art, music etc.)? I enjoy rock climbing, cooking, and listening to a variety of music.