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Recent Graduates - Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy

Class of 2018

Ruta Sawant

Current Position: Manager, Global Immunology, AbbVie

Advisor: Sujit Sansgiry

Navneet Upadhyay

Current Position: Associate Principal Scientist, Merck & Co. Inc.

Advisor: Hua Chen

Class of 2017

Archita Bhansali

Dissertation Title: Breast Cancer Chemoprevention Among Women: Effect of Involvement and Message Format

Current Position: Senior Manager, Global Access Market, Philips Respironics

Advisor: Sujit Sansgiry

Farid Chekani

Dissertation Title: Safety of Atypical Antipsychotics in Elderly Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Johnson & Johnson

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu

Carmine Colavecchia

Current Position: Medical Outcomes Specialist, Pfizer

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu

Nandita Kachru

Current Position: Manager, Medical Affairs – HEOR, Gilead Pharmaceuticals

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu

Ya-Huei Li

Current Position: Data Analyst/Scientist, Billing Clinic

Advisor: James Essien

Manvi Sharma

Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Advisor: Michael Johnson

Sneha Sura

Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, University of Houston College of Pharmacy

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu

Xin Wang

Current Position: Consultant, HEOR, Real-World Evidence Solutions, IQVIA

Advisor: Susan Abughosh

Class of 2016

Nipun Atreja

Dissertation Title:The Impact of Long-Term Opioid Medication on Oral Antihyperglycemic Medication Adherence and Subsequent Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Related Hospitalization Risk Among Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Retrospective Database Analysis

Current Position: Manager, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Alkermes

Advisor:Marc Fleming

Rohan Medhekar

Dissertation Title: The Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pathway to Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and its Impact on the Receipt of MDD Treatment

Current Position: Health Economics Manager, Amgen

Advisor: Hua Chen

Pratik Rane

Dissertation Title: Safety Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors Among Community Dwelling Adults with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Current Position: Global Health Economics Manager, Amgen

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu

Aylin Yucel

Dissertation Title: Physician Patient-Sharing Networks and Prescription of Psychotropic Polypharmacy in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Mental Disorders

Current Position: Health Economics Manager, Amgen

Advisor: James Essien

Class of 2015

Erin Ferries

Dissertation Title: Epidemiology of Controlled Substance Prescription Drug Utilization in Texas: An Analysis of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data

Current Position: Research Scientist, Denver, CO

Advisor: Marc Fleming

Shivani Mhatre

Dissertation Title: Prediction and Evaluation of Medication Non-adherence among Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries with Diabetes

Current Position: Associate Scientist, San Francisco, CA

Advisor: Sujit Sansgiry

Ayush Patel

Dissertation Title: The impact of psychopharmacotherapy on Body Mass Index (BMI) of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder

Current Position: Epidemiologist, Philadelphia, PA

Advisor: Hua Chen

Jeetvan Patel

Dissertation Title: Medication Use Behavior Outcomes among Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients

Current Position: Global Health Economist, Thousand Oaks, CA

Advisor: Michael Johnson

Class of 2014

Vishal Bali

Dissertation Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Second Generation Antidepressants on Cognition and Dementia in the Elderly

Current Position: Health Outcomes Resarcher

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu

Parul Gupta

Dissertation Title: Risk of Hospitalization among Elderly Heart Failure Patients Initiating Beta-Blockers or ACE-Inhibitors

Current Position: Health Outcomes Researcher, Houston, TX

Advisor: Michael Johnson

Mark Kramer

Dissertation Title: Intravenous Busulfan in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Current Position: Director of Pharmacy Research, Houston, TX

Advisor: Michael Johnson

Hemalkumar Mehta

Dissertation Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers on the Risk of Dementia in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Galveston, TX

Advisor: Michael Johnson

Harshali Patel

Dissertation Title: Development and Testing of Prescription Informtion Leaflets to Improve Comprehension: An Information Processing Approach

Current Position: Global Health Economics Manager, Thousand Oaks, CA

Advisor: Sujit Sansgiry

I-Hsuan Wu

Dissertation Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Medications among Schizophrenic Smokers

Current Position: Merck Taiwan Ltd.

Advisor: Susan Abughosh

Class of 2013

Satabdi Chatterjee

Dissertation Title: Safety of Anticholinergic Medications in the Elderly

Current Position: Health Economics and Outcomes Researcher, Hyperabad, India

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu

Mo Yang

Dissertation Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Medications among Obese Smokers

Current Position: Senior Health Economics Researcher, Cambridge, MA

Advisor: Susan Abughosh

Class of 2012

Debajyoti Bhowmik

Dissertation Title: Safety and effectiveness of antidepressant in pediatric bipolar depression

Current Position: Health Economics Manager, Amgen, Newbury Park, CA

Advisor: Hua Chen

Abhishek Chitnis

Dissertation Title: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers, statins and dementia in patients with heart failure

Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Evidera, Boston, MA

Advisor: Machael Johnson

Nilanjana Dwibedi

Dissertation Title: Parents’ expectation to receive antibiotic prescription for children

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration, West Virginia University College of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV

Advisor: Sujit Sansgiry

Pravin Kamble

Dissertation Title: Concurrent stimulant and atypical antipsychotic use in children and adolescents with ADHD

Current Position: Research Scientist, Comprehensive Health Insights (Humana), Louisville, KY

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu

Sandhya Mehta

Dissertation Title: Dementia in older adults: Predicting and preventing risk

Current Position: Manager, Epidemiology, Quintiles Inc., Washington, D.C.

Advisor: Rajender Aparasu