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UT Tyler Fisch College of Pharmacy Ranked Among Top 100 Institutions for NIH Funding

The University of Texas at Tyler Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy ranked within the top 100 pharmacy schools in the nation to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2022.

In 2022, the NIH awarded only 21% of the applications with funding. Established in 2015, the Fisch College of Pharmacy ranked among many more established pharmacy colleges with greater numbers of faculty members.

“In the short time that FCOP has been in existence, these efforts demonstrate the passion and commitment of our faculty, supported by many talented post docs and students,” said Dr. Amy Schwartz, Fisch College of Pharmacy dean. “We look forward to the future.”

Dr. Rahmat M. Talukder, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Outcomes chair, agreed with Schwartz.

“Being a relatively new institution, our inclusion in this list highlights our rapid progress and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge,” said Talukder. “These grants will significantly enhance our research capabilities, leading to potential breakthroughs that can positively impact health care. We’re excited about the future possibilities.”

The following faculty were NIH grant recipients in fiscal year 2022:
• Dr. Santosh Aryal: $900,545
• Dr. Ayman Hamouda: $638,000
• Dr. May Abdelaziz: $380,750

These grants will support each faculty’s research initiatives in areas such as nanomedicine, treatments for Parkinson’s disease and bacterial resistance. This funding will expand research opportunities within the college and could lead to medical advances that benefit the entire community.

The Fisch College of Pharmacy offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. In 2023, 100% of students matched with a residency program and 100% passed the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment.

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With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students. Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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