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The Dr. George Aynilian Family Fund for Ph.D. Students in Pharmacognosy

Dr. George H. Aynilian received his B.S. in Pharmacy and M.S. in Pharmacognosy from American University of Beirut in 1968 and 1970 respectively.  He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in 1973, having had Professor Norman R. Farnsworth as his major advisor. 

After one year of post-doctoral studies at the College, Dr. Aynilian joined Abbott Labs in 1974 and worked in several disciplines and positions across three divisions, including International Regulatory Affairs, International Clinical Research, Global Operations Manager, and Global Director of Strategic Operations.

Dr. Aynilian retired from Abbott Labs in 2004 and consulted with Takeda/Abbott Pharmaceuticals for two years and with the Malaria Venture of the World Health Organization for four years as advisor for regulatory filings of the Pharmacy/Chemistry sections of New Drug Applications of new pharmaceuticals to FDA and European Union health authorities.

Dr. Aynilian is married, has two children and just welcomed a new grandson.

Why he created the scholarship:

In creating the Dr. George Aynilian Family Fund for Ph.D. Students in Pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Aynilian acknowledges the assistance the College offered him for four years, from 1970 to 1974.  With humble gratitude, he hopes with the Fund to repay a portion of what he received. 

Moreover, Dr. Aynilian believes that the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy is doing cutting-edge research in the discovery of new frontiers in medicinal sciences and he wishes to assist in that effort.  By supporting graduate students who need funding, he is enabling them to carry on with the research work.

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