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Dr. Gina Biglane Name: Gina Biglane
Educational Training: BS Pharmacy, Pharm.D., MBA Candidate 2015
Clinical/Research Interest: Quality Improvement
Work Experience: Retail, hospital, home infusion, hospice
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, home improvement, outdoor activities

Dr. Jessica Brady Name: Jessica Brady
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
Clinical/Research Interest: Internal medicine, personality types, learning styles
Work Experience: PRN Inpatient, LA Medicaid consultant
Hobbies: Reading, volunteering for my sorority (Phi Mu)
Extra: LSHP Advisor

Dr. David Caldwell Name: David Caldwell
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency-Ambulatory Care and Academia
Clinical/Research Interest: Educational/teaching, personality types, item writing and assessment
Work Experience: Retail: WalMart (4 years), clinical:  outpatient viral disease (7 years)
Hobbies: Water sports; I enjoy rock climbing but there's nowhere to practice around here
Extra: Active at my church; White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, involved in medical missions

Dr. Mike Cockerham Name: Mike Cockerham
Educational Training: BS-Biology, MS-Biology/Physiology, BS-Pharmacy, PharmD, Oncology residency
Clinical/Research Interest: Oncology/bone marrow transplant, pain management
Work Experience: Dialysis technician, veterinary assistant, nuclear research lab tech, chain pharmacy, independent pharmacy, VA inpatient pharmacy
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, tennis, guitar, snow skiing, camping, hiking, photography
Other information: I’m very active in professional organizations and pharmacy political activism

Dr. Jill Comeau  Name: Jill Comeau
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, PGY-2 Pharmacy Practice Residency-Oncology, Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist
Clinical/Research Interest: Malignant hematology/oncology (mostly patient outcomes related), academia
Work Experience: Hospital, chemotherapy outpatient infusion center
Hobbies: Baking, playing with dog Rocket, the Red Sox, movies, playing the saxophone, spending time with friends and family
Extra: Email is the best way to contact me

Dr. Khalid El Sayed Name: Khalid El Sayed
Educational Training: Postdoctoral training 1995-1998, 2000-2001, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, Marine Natural Products.Ph.D. 1993 Pharmacognosy, Mansoura University, Egypt.M.Sc.1989 Pharmacognosy, Mansoura University, Egypt. B.S., 1983 Pharmacy, Mansoura University, Egypt
Clinical/Research Interest: Anticancer drug discovery based on natural products including herbals, marine and microbial bioactive secondary metabolite. We use molecular modeling/computer-aided drug design and advanced pharmacology, in addition to traditional natural products chemistry to optimize the activity and selectivity of our anticancer natural products. Examples of current projects in the laboratory are the optimization of olive phenolics as c-Met inhibitors, supported by the National Cancer Institute. We also study endophytic fungi in olive tree,  lichens phenolic acids, Red Sea sponges as a source for breast cancer inhibitory scaffolds.
Work Experience: I have been working as practicing retail pharmacist 1983-1986 overseas, where I was doing several traditional compounding products
Hobbies: I enjoy watching soccer and I am a fan of Chelsa and Real Madrid, in the British and Spanish leagues.  I also enjoy cooking Middle Eastern food, including falafl and Mesaka!
  My daughter, Raghda, was a ULM 2009 PharmD. graduate and my son, Moustafa, graduated ULM Biology 2012 and currently in the second year of LSUHSC- Shreveport Medical School. This made me know how it feels for professional students as a parent before being a faculty member.

Dr. Jeff Evans Name: Jeffrey D. Evans
Educational Training: BS in chemistry, Pharm.D.
Clinical/Research Interest: Pharmacy law issues, Indigent care, lack of access to care, health care policy, alternative teaching and testing methods.
Work Experience: Tutored in college, Secretary at Child Support Enforcement Office, Independent pharmacy, Retail pharmacy and Hospital pharmacy.
Hobbies: Video games (PC/XBOX), running, gardening
Extra: I have a wonderful wife and two wonderful children.  I am from North Florida.  We have lived in FL, TX, GA, and now LA.  I am licensed in TX, GA, and LA.  Prior to working here I was at a small private school.  I am allergic to dogs and cats (we have two cats).

Dr. Stephen Hill Name: Stephen Hill
Educational Training: PharmD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
Clinical/Research Interest: Ambulatory Care, Educational/Testing
Work Experience: Hospital (five years), independent community
Hobbies: Reading, LSU/Saints football, traveling, playing with my kids

Extra: I am a new faculty member, but I have experience mentoring students/residents at my previous job. I have an open door policy and want to help our students succeed in pharmacy school and their chosen career path in any way that I can.

Dr. Alexis Horace Name: Alexis Horace
Educational Training: Pharm.D., BS biology, PGY2 Ambulatory Care, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Teaching Certificate Program
Clinical/Research Interest: HIV AIDS, Dyslipidemia, Student Performance
Work Experience: Walgreens internship program (3 years)
Hobbies: I love to exercise and run. I train for half-marathons throughout the year. I'm also addicted to shopping. My favorite stores are Banana and J.Crew. I also spend waaaay too much money at baublebar.com. I also do extensive graphic design, artwork, and fashion related work on the side. I run an online digital publication and I do magazine layouts. I also am skilled with adobe photoshop CS6. I'm really interested in learning how to use Maya autodesk, blender, and 3DMax to make really cool virtual designs :) Enough of the geek talk! I love to read. I'm an avid reader and my favorite book as of this very moment is Ready Player One. Gone girl (or anything by Gillian Flynn) is a close second.
Extra: I'm looking for somebody that feels comfortable in contacting me and calling me any time. Somebody who is seeking advice, and curious about residencies or other job opportunities outside of strictly retail.


Dr. Tibb Jacobs Name: Tibb Jacobs
Educational Training: Pharm.D., B.S. Psychology, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency-Primary Care
Clinical/Research Interest: Hypertension, diabetes, students interested in residencies and post graduate training, academia
Work Experience: Retail
Hobbies: Travel, reading LSU football, taking my kids to all of their extracurricular activities
Extra: I'm always happy to help students with their resumes or CV's.  I review many of them through the year.  I also enjoy working with students that are interested in applying for residencies.  Best way to contact me is by email.

Dr. Keith Jackson  Name: Keith Jackson
Educational Training: B.S., Ph.D., Postdoc Fellowship
Clinical/Research Interest: Hypertension research with an emphasis on prevention of cardiovascular and renal dysfunction
Work Experience: Industry and NIH
Hobbies: Coaching football, coaching soccer and playing basketball

Dr. Seetharama Jois  Name: Seetharama Satyanarayanajois
Educational Training: Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics, Post-doctoral training in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Clinical/Research Interest: Drug design and discovery, Cancer and autoimmune diseases
Work Experience: Research in pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry
Hobbies: Oil painting, hiking, travel

Dr. Amal Kaddoumi  Name: Amal Kaddoumi
Educational Training: PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan'  Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;  Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle.
Clinical/Research Interest: Research interest in Alzheimer's disease and drug development
Work Experience: Research scientist
Hobbies: Reading (other than science!!)

 Dr. Liz Lafitte Name: Liz Lafitte 
Educational Training: Pharmacy Practice Residency (2011) - LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport Doctor of Pharmacy (2010) - Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Pre-pharmacy coursework completed at Troy Univeristy
Clinical/Research Interest: Clinical interests include adult internal medicine.  Intend to conduct research on quality management related issues for hospital inpatients (including medication event and adverse drug reaction reporting/monitoring, and potentially the impact of pharmacist education on readmission for chronic diseases) 
Work Experience: Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist (June 2011-July 2014): rounded with a multidisciplinary team and participated on pharmacy and hospital committees 
Hobbies: I am a passionate Auburn football fan! I LOVE reading! I also enjoy spending time with family and friends. 

 Dr. Mary Gauthier-Lewis Name: Mary Gauthier-Lewis 
Educational Training: BS, PharmD, Pharmacokinetics/Critical Care and Ambulatory (Neurology) Fellowship, ASHP Critical Care Traineeship 
Clinical/Research Interest: Critical Care Intensive Care – medicine and burn, Development and implementation of a model to predict student success in pharmacy school, Keppra’s use in status epilepticus 
Work Experience: Research Associate at National Institute of Health-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Research Associate at Tulane’s University School of Medicine – Departments of Neurophysiology and Physiology, Research Associate – Alton Ochsner Research Institute, High School Biology Teacher, Lab Tech – East Jefferson Hospital, Pharmacist – Walgreen’s and Methodist Hospital 
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, potting plants, shopping, listening to inspirational music, collecting porcelain dolls, food connoisseur, volunteering at various service projects (e.g., Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Parker House – a place for abused children, etc.), meditating, singing in the church choir, serving as a mentor for underprivileged children, high school students, and adults 
Extra: I’m a mother of two; have two grand doggies (Yoshi and chief), married to a pharmacist (retired from pharmaceutical industry, but still working in a hospital and in retail); 37 years an active Greek (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority); I love being a critical care clinical pharmacist; I’m also KE and belong to other professional organizations. 

Dr. Yong-Yu Liu  Name: Yong-Yu Liu 
Educational Training: MD and PhD in Biochemistry; postdoctoral fellow in Molecular Endocrinology and Oncology 
Clinical/Research Interest: Cancer drug resistance; gene regulation and cancer stem cells 
Work Experience: Principal investigator in cancer research, adjunct professor of Tulane University School of Medicine 
Hobbies: Photography, music, driving 

Dr. Shawn Manor  Name: Shawn Manor
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, BCPS
Clinical/Research Interest: Adult inpatient medicine
Work Experience: Military, retail
Hobbies: Reading, working out, my kids
Extra: Interested in helping/guiding students interested in residencies

Dr. Adam Pate  Name:  Adam Pate
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and teaching certificate
Clinical/Research Interest: Scholarship of teaching and learning (how do students learn best), health and fitness, emergency preparedness
Work Experience: Retail, independent pharmacy
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening, spending time with my family
Extra: I grew up in Natchez, MS and never dreamed I'd be a pharmacy faculty member during pharmacy school.  I know pharmacy school can be very challenging and push your limits and I am here to help students learn more than just about pharmacy.  I have an open door policy while I am in my office and am generally a pretty laid back guy.

Dr. Kristen Pate  Name: Kristen Pate
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
Clinical/Research Interest: Scholarship of teaching and learning; diabetes, hypertension, and other primary care disease states; medication therapy management
Work Experience: Medication Therapy Management, Tobacco Cessation, Ambulatory Care
Hobbies: Cooking, spending time with family and friends, being outside, DIY projects

No Photo Available  Name: Savannah Posey
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
Clinical/Research Interest: Patient care in emergency medicine, therapeutic hypothermia, drug induced diseases
Work Experience: Independent pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy practice, and institutional pharmacy practice
Hobbies: I enjoy running, reading, and any general fun out of doors

 Dr. Courtney Robertson Name: Courtney Robertson 
Educational Training: PharmD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency 
Clinical/Research Interest: Internal medicine, active learning, laboratory practice, experiential education, and women's health
Work Experience: Retail, Independent/Community, and Hospital Pharmacy 
Hobbies: Reading, baking, and spending time with my family and friends 
Extra: I co-advise Kappa Epsilon.  I want to be an encouragement to our students, supporting them as they achieve their goals.  My door is always open!  Please feel free to come by my office anytime for anything! 


Dr. Laurel Sampognaro  Name: Laurel Sampognaro
Educational Training: Pharm.D., BLS Certification, Immunization Certification, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, APhA Medication Therapy Management Certificate
Clinical/Research Interest: Evaluation of student pharmacists health and wellness, impact of medication therapy management
Work Experience: Independent community, retail
Hobbies: Gardening, knitting, reading and cooking

Dr. Connie Smith Name: Connie Smith
Educational Training: BS Pharmacy, Pharm.D.
Clinical/Research Interest: Experiential Education
Work Experience: Hospital pharmacist, Home infusion
Hobbies: Painting, Gardening

Dr. Greg Smith Name: Gregory W. Smith
Educational Training: BS Pharmacy, Pharm.D., Asthma Educator, Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Clinical/Research Interest: Internet Resource Evaluation, Education Outcomes
Work Experience: Poison Control Center, Prior Authorization Pharmacist & Asthma Education in Medicaid Office
Hobbies: Fishing, swimming, weightlifting, singing, playing guitar, cooking


Dr. Jennifer Smith  Name: Jennifer Smith
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
Clinical/Research Interest: Internal medicine (adult inpatient), international health research interests:  antimicrobial stewardship, quality improvement in transitions of care
Work Experience: Medical writer (healthcare communications company), editorial assistant (UpToDate)
Hobbies: Traveling, biking
Extra: I took a slightly non-traditional path to pharmacy school and my career in pharmacy. I completed a BS degree and worked for several years before deciding to return to school and complete a Pharm. D. degree.

Dr. Roxie Stewart  Name: Roxie Stewart
Educational Training: BS in Pharmacy, Pharm. D., APhA Faculty Trainer Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery, AHA faculty Trainer, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, Immunizations, MTM, Diabetes, BLS
Clinical/Research Interest: Ambulatory care, immunizations, active learning, sterile compounding, laboratory practice
Work Experience: Hospital
Hobbies: I love to spend time with my family, shop, watch movies, do crossword and Sudoku puzzles, eat chocolate and play with my 16-pound miniature Yorkie (Rufus). 
Extra: My door is always open to any student whether as an official mentor or not!

Dr. Amanda Storer  Name: Amanda Storer
Educational Training: BS in Dietetics, Pharm. D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency 
Clinical/Research Interest: Nephrology (Currently PI for a study investigating risk factors for bleeding while performing kidney biopsies)
Work Experience: Started teaching straight out of PGY-1 residency
Hobbies: Traveling, sports in general
Extra: I love my job and get excited about the profession of pharmacy.

Dr. Paul Sylvester Name: Paul Sylvester 
Educational Training: BS Biology, Western Michigan University; PhD Physiology, Michigan State University; Postdoctoral Training Pharmacology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY 
Clinical/Research Interest: Characterization of the intracellular mechanisms involved in mediating the effects of anticancer particularly tocotrienols, a rare form of vitamin E.  Role of hormones and nutrition mammary tumor development and autonomy 
Work Experience: Neuroendocrine and oncology research 
Hobbies: Gardening, boating, swimming, dogs 

Dr. Jamie Terrell  Name: Jamie Terrell
Educational Training: Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
Clinical/Research Interest: Ambulatory care, Women's health, residency training and interview skills
Work Experience: Independent retail as a student, Target/CVS PRN, LA Medicaid consultant
Hobbies: Reality TV, reading, sewing, playing with my two girls
Extra: I like to help students interview for residencies or other jobs. I work in clinics at UH-S with mostly indigent patients helping them manage their diabetes and hypertension in the most economical way possible.

Dr. Hilary Tice  Name: Hilary Tice 
Educational Training: PharmD, Texas Tech; board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist; neonatal pharmacotherapy fellowship 
Clinical/Research Interest: Neonatal pharmacotherapy, pediatric pharmacokinetics, complementary and alternative medicine 
Work Experience: Inpatient clinical pharmacist, North Carolina; Pharmacy intern, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas TX 
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, reading, kickboxing 

Dr. Michelle Zagar  Name: Michelle Zagar
Educational Training: BS of Arts in Education, Master of Education, Pharm.D., Certified Geriatric Pharmacist
Clinical/Research Interest: Geriatrics, diseases and conditions affecting older adults
Work Experience: Kindergarten teacher, independent and grocery store chain pharmacy
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, cooking, crafts, all types of music, hiking nature trails
Extra: My route to pharmacy was a little different than most. I spent the first 8 years of my professional career as a kindergarten teacher, then I went to pharmacy school. So I have combined 3 degrees into one career in pharmacy. My teaching background comes in handy in the pharmacy school classroom and in educating my older patients about their medications and disease states.


Contact Information

David Caldwell David Caldwell, Pharm.D., AAHIVP
Director of Professional Affairs
Email:  dcaldwell@ulm.edu
Phone:  318-342-3800
Fax:  318-342-3802