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 2017)

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
Nikhil Bhagvandas MS* BluePath Solutions, Santa Monica
Barbara Blaylock PhD Stratevi
Morgan Green [Bron] PharmD/MS Baxalta
Patrick Bonnet BPharm/MS Abbvie
Caroline Burk PharmD/MS Private consultant
Michael Cattaneo   Pfizer
Robert Charles PharmD/MS MedImpact
Usa Chaikledkaew PhD* Mahidol University, Thailand
Shraddha Chaugule PhD* Dexcom
Jerry Chang PharmD/MS PharMedQuest
Craig Cheetham PharmD/MS Retired
Christina [Chen] Chamberlain PhD Analysis Group [Boston]
Lei Chen PhD** BMS
Kristina Chen PharmD/MS Shire
Rebecca Cheng PharmD/MS Private consultant
I-Ning (Elaine) Cheng MS* Roche Diagnostics
Karen Chu MS VA Sepulveda
Li-Hao Chu Ph.D./MPH Landmark Health
Janice Chung PhD Medtronic
Danielle Colayco PharmD/MS Komoto Healthcare
Yao Ding PhD QuintilesIMS
Emmanuel Drabo PhD Post doc at Stanford
Hung Du PharmD/MS Unknown
Flavia Ejzykowicz PhD Merck
Josh Epstein PhD Stratevi
Lida Etemad PharmD/MS United Health Care
WeiWei Feng PhD Econ USC Consultant, Beijing
Zige Feng   Genegle Inc., Chengdu, China
Marcio Fletes CPhil Major, USAF Wichita KS
Vaidy Ganapathy PhD* Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Robert Gerber PharmD/MS Pfizer
Cynthia Gong PharmD/PhD  
Ning Gu PhD St Jude Medical
Hsin-Yen (Monica) Ho MS* GSK, Taiwan
Louis Yiyu Huang MS SCAN Health Care, Long Beach
Rita Hui PharmD/MS Kaiser
Yawen Jiang PhD Amgen
Michael Juzba PharmD/MS Deceased
Tripthi Kamath PhD* Genentech
Aniket Kawatkar PhD* Kaiser
Quang Le PharmD/PhD Western U of Health Sciences
Lauren Lee PharmD/MS Pfizer
Henry Lee PharmD/MS Kaiser
Janet Shin Lee PharmD/PhD Gilead
Jackie Letourneau-Wagner PharmD/MS Sav-on Drugs
Kevin Livengood PharmD/MS Wellpoint
Michelle Luo PhD/MS Takeda
Roger Luo PhD Vector Oncology
Ramon Lyu MS J&J Shanghai
Tom Marshall PharmD/MS Abbvie
Angelo Mathes PharmD/MS Private consultant
Tara Matsuda PhD Amgen
Justin McGinnis PhD BMS
Andrew Messali PharmD/Phd Analysis Group
Parvez Mulani PhD* Deceased
Sangeeta Krishnan [Narayan] PharmD/MS Bioverativ
Trisha Nguyen PharmD/MS VA West L.A.
Weiyi Ni PhD Millennium Health
Xiaoli Niu PhD*  Inovalon
Annie Ogostalick PharmD/MS Abbvie
Yongtae Oh PharmD/MS Mom
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
Masoom Priyadarshini BPharm/MS INOVA Health
Anna Purdum PharmD/MS Kite Pharmaceuticals
Nazia Rashid PharmD/MS Kaiser
Elizabeth Schwartz PhD Shire
Nishan Sengupta PhD* Johnson and Johnson
Juliana Setyawan PharmD/MS NovoNordisk
Jinhai Shi PhD** Retired
Lizheng Shi PhD* Tulane University
James Spalding PharmD/MS Astellas
Dana Stafkey-Mailey PharmD/PhD Xcenda
Kimberly Sterling PharmD/MS Sanofi
Jaekyung Suh R.Ph/PhD NECA Korea
Haesun Suh PhD* Pusan Nat. U
Patrick Sullivan PhD Regis Univ., School of Pharmacy
Jennifer Sung PharmD/MS Novartis
Rima Tannous-Totah PharmD/MS Consultant
Tom Tencer PhD Celgene
Patrick Thiebaud PhD Econ  
Christin Thompson PhD Stratevi
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 J&J
Pam Vo PharmD/MS Novartis, Basel Switzerland
Sharon Wang PharmD/MS MedImpact
Jennifer Wang PharmD/MS Anthem
Jeff White PharmD/MS Anthem
Phil Wiegand PharmD/MS J&J
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* Axovant, Basel, Switzerland
Camilla Hanwen Zhang
Lihua Zhang PhD** Optum
Xinke Zhang PhD* Amgen
Jenny Zhou PhD** Analysis Group
Sara Zolfaghari MS Ovation

* International pharmacy degree     ** International medical degree