AAPS recognizes Biswas with Graduate Student Research Excellence Award
VCU School of Pharmacy Ph.D. student Deblina Biswas has been awarded the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists 2016 Graduate Student Research Excellence Award in Analysis and Pharmaceutical Quality. She is one of four graduate students in the APQ section to have won the award, presented during the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition in November in Denver.
The award, sponsored by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, recognizes students judged to have provided the most outstanding contributions, through their research, in the fields of pharmaceutics, bioanalytical chemistry and pharmaceutical analysis. Biswas’ major research area is biopharmaceutical analysis, and her advisor is Department of Pharmaceutics assistant professor Matt Halquist.
The topic of her poster presentation was “Characterizing Release of a Locally Acting Implant, Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 From Different Biodegradable Scaffolds Using a Biorelevant In Vitro Model.” Her fellow award winners represented the University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Hamburg.
Biswas is an active member of the AAPS, serving as student representative for the association’s Analysis and Pharmaceutical Quality section and also as student representative for the In Vitro Release and Dissolution Testing focus group.
The Graduate Student Research Excellence Award includes a plaque, $250, complimentary annual meeting registration and reimbursement of annual meeting travel expenses up to $1,000.