During the recent Temple Duquesne basketball game, Dr. Magid Abou-Gharbia, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry & Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Moulder Center and Dr. Nicole Sifontis, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, were recognized by the Department of Athletics, for their extraordinary contributions to teaching, service and scholarship.
Before joining Temple University's School of Pharmacy, Dr. Magid Abou-Gharbia had an outstanding career at Wyeth Research for 26 years where he eventually rose to the level of Senior Vice President for Chemical and Screening Sciences. As a senior researcher and leader in Drug Discovery, Dr. Abou-Gharbia led a group of scientists that developed six (6) marketed drugs for a broad range of disease states. He is a co-inventor on more than 100 US patents and 300 international patents.
Dr. Abou-Gharbia joined the School of Pharmacy in 2008 as Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the School's Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research. In this capacity he is spearheading a University initiative in drug discovery that is creating collaborative groups of scientists from across the university to work on the development of new chemical entities for the treatment of neurological disorders, cancer, infectious disease, and cardiovascular disease. He has established numerous research partnerships between the Moulder Center and several highly respected academic research institutions including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Rochester Medical Research Center, and the Wistar Institute, as well as with several biotech companies.
Dr. Abou-Gharbia has received international recognition and numerous prestigious awards including: the American Chemical Society's Alfred Burger Award which is the highest award in Medicinal Chemistry; Heroes of Chemistry Award from the ACS; induction into the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame; Fellow of the American Chemical Society; Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London); and, many others.
Dr. Nicole Sifontis joined the School of Pharmacy in 2001 as a Clinician Educator, serving as the School's Transplant Specialist at Temple University Hospital. Her clinical practice serves as the venue for Doctor of Pharmacy experiential rotations under her very able mentorship. Dr. Sifontis has been an active collaborative clinical researcher, has received outside funding as both a principal investigator and sub-investigator, and has developed several treatment protocols for immunosuppression and for the treatment of HIV transplant recipients. In recognition of her disciplinary expertise, Dr. Sifontis has been appointed a Board Member of the American Liver Foundation Medical Advisory Committee.
Dr. Sifontis excels as an educator in every dimension, as a clinician, lecturer, research mentor, and as an advisor to student professional organizations. She embodies the role model of excellence both in the service of patient care and of student development. She is recognized by her peers as an innovator in developing team-based learning approaches to education, and through her use of open-ended test questions that require expository answers from students. Dr. Sifontis' personal dedication to excellence and innovation is manifest in the new initiatives she undertakes, such as developing the School of Pharmacy's first international medical mission. Next week she will lead a team of students on her third medical mission to Guatemala to provide pharmaceutical care and public health services to rural villages. Dr. Sifontis was promoted to Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice in 2012, coincident with her election as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.