Luo one of five graduate students to win AAPS scholarship

Dandan Luo was honored for her work in developing and assessing new formulations for light-triggered drug release.

by Jane Stoyle Welch

Published June 22, 2017

Dandan Luo, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). The 2017 AAPS Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship is awarded to five students on a merit basis and provides a $10,000 fellowship.

“Dandan has made great progress in not only learning how to make materials for next-generation cancer treatments, but also learning how those materials behave in the body.”
Jonathan Lovell, assistant professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering

The award recognizes students’ excellence in their academic performance and validates that their research is deemed outstanding by an expert panel of outside pharmaceutical scientists.

Luo completed her BS in pharmaceutical sciences at Chongqing Medical University in China prior to joining the Lovell lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Her work involves developing and assessing new drug formulations for light-triggered drug release. She has led research on this topic that has been published in journals including Biomaterials, Journal of Controlled Release, and Small.

“Dandan is an incredibly motivated graduate student. Even though our lab focuses mostly on biomedical engineering, she has a strong passion for pharmaceutical science-related research and was able to steer her project in that direction completely by her own hard work,” said Jonathan Lovell, assistant professor of biomedical engineering. “She has made great progress in not only learning how to make materials for next-generation cancer treatments, but also learning how those materials behave in the body.”

UB’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is a joint program between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.