The spring 2016 University of Hawai‘i at Hilo commencement will feature the first two students in the Pacific region to earn a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences.
Mayuramas “Jan” Sang-ngern, who is originally from Thailand, came to UH Hilo with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rajabaht Suratthanee University, Thailand, and a master’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry and phytochemistry from Mahidol University, Thailand.
Her major professor is Dr. Leng Chee Chang. She received a full scholarship from the Office of the Civil Service Commission in the Thai Royal Government. After graduating, she will work as a lecturer at the School of Cosmetic Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand.
Susanne R. Youngren-Ortiz is from Merrillville, Indiana. She received a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences with specialization in industrial and physical pharmacy and minors in statistics and chemistry from Purdue University’s College of Pharmacy. Her major professors are Mahavir Chougule and Kenneth Morris. She hopes to work as a research and development formulation scientist within the pharmaceutical industry and gain more experience in the area of pharmaceutical inhalable aerosols and their FDA regulations.
The students are part of the inaugural group of seven students who began work on their PhD at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy in the fall of 2011. The doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences is the first program of this type to be offered by the University of Hawai‘i, and the only program of this nature to be offered in the state and the Pacific region.