Focus on Graduates With Lamyaa Kadhim Al Sarkhi
This month, April 2017, Lamyaa AL-Sarkhi, graduates
from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy in the Master of
Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program. Al Sarkhi joined
the Winkle College of Pharmacy in August
How did you come to UC?
I knew there was an extremely distinguished faculty,
strong graduate program, high-quality coursework and research
facilities which motived me to choose the University of Cincinnati
for my graduate studies. After thorough research and speaking to
friends, I became convinced that UC was the shortest way to achieve
What is your background?
I hold a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical
sciences (‘07) from the University of Basra, College of
Pharmacy, Iraq. It is one of the top colleges in Iraq. After that,
I worked as a pharmacist in hospitals and a medical health center
from 2008 to 2013. During that time, I had many experiences like
treating patients, solving problems precisely. My ambition now is
to work hard to find what can best serve our community and cancer
patients, especially in the future.
Any particular area of research
you are interested in pursuing?
I am more interested in studying the cause and
prevention of cancer. A wide variety of cancer types make the field
of cancer research very challenging. Cancer involves all organs and
all ages. The attraction to cancer researchers is the variety of
molecular mechanisms which are involved in cancer pathogenesis. My
hope is to develop a new therapy or biomarker in the early stage of
cancer to prevent the spreading of the disease.
What is the benefit of the program
you decided to pursue?
The program I chose here helped me to improve my knowledge in
cancer research, enhanced my research expertise, and took me closer
to my goal. Hard work combined with determination is the best way
to succeed at what I believe in.
Associate professor Georg Weber, PhD, is my advisor and
mentor. He provided me with a framework of strategies for
conducting research that will be useful over the years. He is a
great advisor, mentor, teacher, and friend. He is always available
to answer any questions.
Where do you go from here?
From here, I plan to work for a specific
pharmaceutical company and engage research opportunities. Also, I
would like to continue my studies to get my PhD and engage in
independent research in pharmaceutical science.
What are your interests outside of
My interests outside of pharmacy are reading, and
playing with my kids. I have three kids: nine, six and our new
addition. So, most of my free time is spent with them. Most
students say that graduate school is hard enough, and having kids
makes it much harder. I disagree, I could not imagine going through
my MS without them. I believe, they make me more energetic.
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