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How Dr. Joanna Burdette Is Making A Difference

Pharmaceuticals are a $460 billion a year industry and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy is preparing students for it in an innovative new way. Thanks to a competitive internship program, doctoral students can spend a summer working with such industry giants as Takeda, AbbVie, and Sirenas. 

“From working on regulatory affairs and drug discovery to running experiments, our students are getting a valuable firsthand look at industry,” says program director Dr. Joanna Burdette.

The “Pharmacology Industry Internships for PhD Students,” or PIIPS for short, receives institutional support from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy’s PIIPS program is one of only three such programs in the nation, and the only one housed within a college of pharmacy.

It’s just another way that the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy has been taking students from classroom to career since 1859.

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