Selecting a graduate program is a very important decision, and one that should not be made lightly. The Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) PhD Program, which currently includes 27 students, invites you to learn about some of its students' experiences by exploring the profiles below.


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Aakash Bipin Gandhi

Originally from Mumbai, India, Aakash earned his bachelor’s in pharmacy from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai. After graduating, he joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Florida (UF) as a Short-Term Research Scholar. There, he gained a better understanding of the field of pharmaceutical health services research and applied to the PhD program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. At the end of his third year in the program, he had an internship with the Real-World Evidence (RWE) team at Sanofi. His research interests lie in utilizing healthcare information from multiple sources of data to understand factors that play a role in determining patient-related clinical and economic outcomes.

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Laura Gressler

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Laura received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Hendrix College in 2015, and her masters degree in Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2017. After completing an internship with the Drug Safety Division at Celgene in Munich, Germany and working for the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas, Laura decided to pursue her doctorate in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She currently serves as an ORISE fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Following matriculation, she plans to secure a career either in academia or government.

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Jacquelyn McRae

Originally from Virginia Beach, Va., Jacquelyn earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Norfolk State University, where she participated in the prestigious Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) mentorship program. She later completed her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Through her involvement in the School of Pharmacy’s International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) student chapter, she learned about the field of pharmaceutical health services research and was motivated to apply for the Thomas Jefferson University/Janssen Health Economics and Outcomes Research fellowship and subsequently apply for the PhD program in PHSR.

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