Irandokht Khaki Najafabadi (PharmD ‘18) has worked on various research projects with Vicky Mody, PhD.
Irandokht Khaki Najafabadi (PharmD ‘18) is currently a fourth-year student in the PCOM School of Pharmacy at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in developmental biology from the University of Tehran in Iran. She hopes to become a faculty member after completing her PharmD degree and a residency program.
I worked under the mentorship of Vicky Mody, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, on various research projects including the development of a system to deliver xanthohumol to adipose tissues, and evaluating the compatibility of norepinephrine bitartrate with various antibiotics for simulated Y administration.
While I was pursuing my master’s degree, I had an opportunity to work in various research projects with Dr. Bahman Zeynali in the basic science and pharmacy department. I enjoyed my time doing research and it gave me immense pleasure to learn various experimental procedures. Personally, I realized that I have a passion for research and I want to carry out research in the field of health care.
Fortunately, I received excellent opportunities to be involved in different research projects. Some of the projects I have worked on previously include:
In my latest research project, I assisted in the:
Our main goal for this study was to synthesize these molecules, which will be selectively targeted onto the specific tissues. USPIO are easy to synthesize and provide an advantage in drug delivery where they can be used to target tissues due to their small size or via the use of tissue specific ligands. Additionally, USPIO can be directed to specific sites under the influence of an external magnetic field. Once these drug loaded magnetic nanoparticles are injected into a patient, an external magnet can be placed on the outside to attract drug loaded nanoparticles to the desired site to attain a site specific therapeutic effect.
I had the opportunity to prepare a poster and present our research at GA-PCOM’s annual Research Day in May. Recently our abstract was accepted for the poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition to be held December 3-7, 2017.
Our work is still in progress. I really enjoyed developing nanoparticles. Nanotechnology has found application in the targeted delivery of various molecules such as small-molecule drugs, peptides, proteins and nucleic acids. The use of nanoparticles provides improved pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics as it can increase the loading capacity of drugs due to the increase in the surface area of small sized nanoparticles. I believe nanotechnology is the future of medicine and the magic bullet as envisioned by Dr. Richard Feynman in 1959. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work under the mentorship of Dr. Mody during my time as a PharmD student at GA-PCOM.
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