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Pharmacology Industry Internships for PhD Students (PIIPS) Program 

The College of Pharmacy at UIC invites graduate students to apply for the Pharmacology Industry Internships for PhD Students (PIIPS) Program. The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for PhD students interested in non-academic careers. As a participant, you will put your PhD training into practice, learn new skills, develop professionally, and make valuable contacts with industry leaders.

The PIIPS Program is funded by an institutional award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

PIIPS Program Description

The ASPET-sponsored PIIPS program is for UIC College of Pharmacy graduate students who have or will have passed their candidacy exams by the date of the internship and who are interested in careers in industry related to their field of study upon graduation. Only students from participating faculty members' labs, who will not have graduated by the time of the internship, may apply for the PIIPS award. Participating labs may change annually, so check back for updates. The award comes with a stipend of $7,000 for the summer.

The 2018 Application Cycle is now open. Please read application instructions carefully and apply by March 12, 2018.

Download the flyer.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Doctoral Students who have passed (or will pass) their candidacy exam prior to the summer of 2018.
  • Mentor is participating in the program (if your mentor is not and you would like to apply, please contact
  • GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Cannot graduate before the internship.

Application Components and Process:

  • Application form (Download).
  • Graduate Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  • CV
  • Personal statement (for each company)
  • Mentor letter of recommendation/support
  • Submit completed application form, personal statement, and transcripts as a SINGLE PDF file by e-mail to by March 12, 2018.
  • Request that your letters of references are e-mailed to by March 12, 2018.

*Note: International Students will need to apply for CPT, and all students will need to enroll in 6 credit hours over the summer to be eligible for the fellowship.

For BPS students, this is can be:

  • BPS 598/599: Thesis/Dissertation Research

For MCP students, this can be:

  • MDCH 599: Doctoral Research in Medicinal Chemistry
  • PMPG 599: Doctoral Research in Pharmacognosy


All effort will be made to notify applicants no later than April 16, 2018 regarding their status. Applicants chosen to participate in the 2018 PIIPS program will be sent an offer letter via e-mail.



Participating Companies

Click on the links below for information on both the company and internship experience offered.

Adello Biologics (formerly TPI)



Program Mentors


Research Area

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Judy Bolton

Chemical toxicology; Chemical biology of dietary constituents


Joanna Burdette

(Program Director)

Drug Discovery; Cancer biology


Alessandra Eustaquio Drug discovery & development from natural products; Synthetic biology; Polyketide biosynthesis and engineering

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Scott Franzblau

Drug discovery; High throughput screening assay development; Drug target identification


Richard Gemeinhart

Drug Delivery

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Leslyn (Les) Hanakahi

DNA repair; Cancer biology


Hyunyoung (Young) Jeong

Drug metabolism; Pharmacokinetics


Alexander (Shura) Mankin

Antibiotics: action and resistance

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Terry Moore

Drug Discovery; Medicinal chemistry

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Brian Murphy

Drug discovery


Jimmy Orjala Drug discovery from cyanobacteria and plants


Pavel Petukhov

Chemical biology; Drug discovery

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Laura Sanchez Mass spectrometry;  Metabolites of pathogenesis; Ovarian cancer; Host-microbe chemical communication


Greg Thatcher

Mechanistic organic chemistry and synthesis of probes of biological systems; Chemical biology; Chemical toxicology; Drug discovery


Douglas Thomas

Cancer etiology; Epigenetic modifications that lead to cancer; Oncogenic proteins


Nora Vazquez-Laslop

Antibiotics: action and resistance