Students and Alumni

Current Students and Graduates

The first cohort of graduate students was admitted into the Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy’s master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Fall of 1994. Since that time, the program has graduated 70 MS and 25 PhD degree students with two ABD doctoral students working full time in the pharmaceutical industry. The majority of graduates work in the pharmaceutical industry (33), consulting (9), HMO/PBMs (23), academia (6) and government (6). The program currently has a cohort of 14 doctoral students and an incoming class of 12 doctoral students and 7 MS students.

A distinguishing characteristic of the USC graduate program is the degree to which our students, faculty and alumni are actively engaged in publishable research. The School’s faculty, student and alumni are consistently well represented at the annual  International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) meeting. USC students have won at least one of the 6 ‘best student poster’ or ‘best student podium’ presentation for the last 11 years.

Current Doctoral Students in Residence

  1. Li-Hao Chu, BS Agricultural chemistry, National Taiwan University; MS Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, University of Illinois-Chicago; MPH Epidemiology, University of Michigan.
  2. Cynthia Gong, BS in Biological Sciences and BA in Music, USC; PharmD USC.
  3. Chia-Wei Lin, BS Pharmacy, National Taiwan University, MS Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota. Provost Fellow
  4. Samira Massachi, BA Economics, UCLA; PharmD USC, Provost Fellow
  5. Weiyi Ni, BS Biological Sciences Fudan University Shanghai China; PhD Genetics, University of Florida.
  6. Xinke Zhang, BA Economics and MS Pharmacoeconomics, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing China.
  7. Cho-Han Lee: BS in Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Biotechnology, National Taiwan University; MPH in Health Services Research, University of Michigan, School of Public Health
  8. Christina Chen: BS, Biomedical engineering from USC; Provost Fellow
  9. Emmanuel Drabo: RAND Graduate School
  10. Justin McGinnis: BA Economics, USC
  11. Yuchen Ding, BS in Biological Pharmacy, Huazhong University, Wuhan, China and MS in Biochemistry, USC 
  12. Xiayu Jiao, BA, Business Administration [Pharmaceutical Marketing], Pharmacy University of China, Nanjing China.
  13. Darshan Mehta, B.Pharm and MBA in Pharmacy Technology, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India.
  14. Ning Ning, China Pharmaceutical University,
  15. Nilay Patel, [part-time]: PhD in Neurobiology, SUNY Stony Brook
  16. Xue Han: MPH student at USC
  17. Yawen Jiang, B. Pharmacy, Jinan University and MS Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, USC
  18. Tara Matsuda, BA in Biology and Economics, USC
  19. Xiaoli Niu, Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University
  20. Christin Thompson, BA in Economics from USC.
  21. Laura Henkhaus: BA Environmental Economics and Policy from UC Berkerley.
  22. Tianyi Lu: MA in International Economics, Beijing University.
  23. Kinpritma Sangha: BA Cell Biology, UC Davis; MPH in Health Policy, George Washington University
  24. Yifan Xu: BS Pharmacy, Shanghai Jaiotong University; MS in Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health.
  25. Wendy Cheng: BA Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University; MS University of Illinois-Chicago, Pharmaceutical Economics.
  26. Andy Nguyen: BA Economics and Political Science, Loyola Marymount Univeristy.
  27. Roxanna Seyedin: BA Economics and International Studies, UCLA; MPH USC
  28. Zifan Zhou:  BS, Pharmaceutical Economics/Economics, Dual degree program between China Pharmaceutical University and George Mason University

Alumni (as of 2015)

Name Degree Company
Gus Aranda PharmD/MS BMS
Jaejin An PhD* Western School of Pharmacy
Karen Bailey PharmD/MS Independent consultant
Arie Barlev PharmD/MS Medivation
Karl Barnum PharmD/MS Retired
Barbara Blaylock PhD OECD in Paris
Morgan Bron PharmD/MS Baxalta
Patrick Bonnet BPharm/MS Abbvie
Caroline Burk PharmD/MS Private consultant
Michael Cattaneo   Pfizer
Robert Charles PharmD/MS Prescription Solutions
Usa Chaikledkaew PhD* Mahidol University, Thailand
Shraddha Chaugule PhD* Independent consultant
Jerry Chang PharmD/MS PharMedQuest
Craig Cheetham PharmD/MS Kaiser
Lei Chen PhD** Novartis
Kristina Chen PharmD/MS Shire
Rebecca Cheng PharmD/MS Private consultant
I-Ning (Elaine) Cheng MS* Roche Diagnostics
Karen Chu MS VA Sepulveda
Janice Chung PhD Medtronic
Danielle Colayco PharmD/MS Komoto Healthcare
Yao Ding PhD  Truven
Hung Du PharmD/MS Unknown
Flavia Ejzykowicz PhD Merck
Josh Epstein PhD Private consultant
Lida Etemad PharmD/MS United Health Care
WeiWei Feng PhD Econ USC J&J China [Beijing]
Marcio Fletes CPhil Major, USAF Wichita KS
Vaidy Ganapathy PhD* Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Robert Gerber PharmD/MS Pfizer
Ning Gu PhD St Jude Medical
Hsin-Yen (Monica) Ho MS* GSK, Taiwan
Rita Hui PharmD/MS Kaiser
Tripthi Kamath PhD* Genentech
Aniket Kawatkar PhD* Kaiser
Quang Le PharmD/PhD Western U of Health Sciences
Lauren Lee PharmD/MS Life Cell
Henry Lee PharmD/MS Kaiser
Janet Shin Lee PharmD/PhD OptumRx
Jacky Letourneau-Wagner PharmD/MS Sav-on Drugs
Kevin Livengood PharmD/MS Wellpoint
Michelle Luo PhD/MS Baxter Bioscience
Roger Luo PhD Vector Oncology
Ramon Lyu MS J&J Shanghai
Tom Marshall PharmD/MS Abbott Labs
Angelo Mathes PharmD/MS Private consultant
Andrew Messali PharmD/Phd Analysis Group
Sangeeta Krishnan [Narayan] PharmD/MS Biogen IDEC
Trisha Nguyen PharmD/MS VA West L.A.
Annie Ogostalick PharmD/MS Abbott Labs
Jinhee Park PhD* Novartis
Bimal Patel PharmD/MS MedImpact
Pankaj Patel PharmD/MS Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Vaishali Patel PharmD/MS Allergan
Jiat Ling Poon PharmD/PhD* Evidera
Robert Popovian PharmD/MS Pfizer
Anna Purdum PharmD/MS BMS
Nazia Rashid PharmD/MS Kaiser
Elizabeth Schwartz PhD Baxter
Nishan Sengupta PhD* Johnson and Johnson
Juliana Setyawan PharmD/MS Shire
Jinhai Shi PhD** Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biotechnology and Medicine:
Lizheng Shi PhD* Tulane University
James Spalding PharmD/MS Astellas
Dana Stafkey-Mailey PharmD/PhD RTI
Kimberly Sterling PharmD/MS Sanofi
Jaekyung Suh R.Ph/PhD NECA Korea
Haesun Suh PhD* Yonsei U
Patrick Sullivan PhD Regis Univ., School of Pharmacy
Jennifer Sung PharmD/MS Sanofi
Rima Tannous-Totah PharmD/MS Consultant
Tom Tencer PhD Celgene
Patrick Thiebaud PhD Econ  
Ivy Tonnu-Mihara PharmD/MS VA Long Beach
Irwin Tran PharmD/MS Roche [London]
Nhu [Josephine] Tran Pharmd/MS Optum Rx
Adam Turpcu PhD Genentech
Francesca Venturini PharmD/MS University Hospital, Italy
Reggie Villacorta PhD Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia
Pam Vo PharmD/MS  
Sharon Wang PharmD/MS MedImpact
Jennifer Wang PharmD/MS Wellpoint
Jeff White PharmD/MS Wellpoint
Phil Wiegand PharmD/MS Johnson & Johnson
Eric Wu PhD Analysis Group
Andrew Yu PhD Private consultant
Yanni Yu MS Boehringer Ingelheim
Elaine Yu PharmD/MS Genentech
Yong Yuan PhD** Bristol Myers-Squibb
Danielle Zammit PhD* IMS Health, Basel, Switzerland
Lihua Zhang PhD** Optum
Jenny Zhou PhD** Analysis Group
Sara Zolfaghari MS Ovation

* International pharmacy degree     ** International medical degree