Touro College of Pharmacy graduates present capstone projects

College awards three students for research on drug interactions, pneumonia, birth control pills

NEW YORK — The Touro College of Pharmacy awarded three graduating students for their research into drug interactions, pneumonia treatment and access to birth control pills.

The New York-based college requires its fourth-year students to do year-long capstone research projects that culminate in poster presentations. The school awarded certificates of excellence to three of the students: Hanh Thai, who studied the protein binding of the herbal product rhodiola rosea to determine its safety profile and possible drug interactions; Michelle Friedman, who examined patients in the Brooklyn Hospital Center who developed pneumonia that is resistant to a particular type of antibiotic; and Christina Choi, who researched divergent access to birth control pills among the populations of South Korea and the United States.

"The capstone project enables our students to demonstrate their abilities in ways that are significant and meaningful," founding dean of the college Stuart Feldman said. "They learn to develop research plans, design questions and create experiments to find answers to those questions. They learn how to think about ways their research can make a difference."

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