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NJIT Student Wins First Place at International Research Poster Contest

Shyamala Pillai, doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, won first place at the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Graduate Poster Contest in San Francisco in November.  Student poster finalists showcased visual displays and program highlights of their research.  Distinguished industry judges selected the international graduate and undergraduate winners, who are recognized at the Annual Meeting Membership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony and in ISPE publications.  Shyamala’s winning poster, “Fluorescent Derivatives of Caspofungin and Posaconazole for Diagnostic Imaging of Invasive Fungal Pathogens,” received encouragement to further clinically validate her diagnostic model and turn the design into a product for the market.  Her research advisors are Dr. Lev N. Krasnoperov, NJIT professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science, and Dr. Arkady Mustaev, assistant professor in the department of microbiology and molecular genetics at UMDNJ.