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New faculty join School of Pharmacy

Jerika T. Lam, PharmD
Jerika T. Lam, PharmD
Two new faculty have recently joined the School of Pharmacy departments of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science, and pharmaceutical sciences.

Jerika T. Lam, PharmD, assistant professor, HIV/infectious diseases, has joined the department of pharmacotherapy and outcomes sciences department.

Dr. Lam received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California of Los Angeles in 1998, and her PharmD degree from the University of Southern California in 2003.

She pursued residency in general pharmacy practice at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, affiliated with the University of California at San Francisco, in 2004. In addition, she completed a two-year fellowship in HIV pharmacotherapy at USC in 2006. 

Dr. Lam anticipates her practice site will be at the Desert AIDS Project (DAP) Clinic. DAP is a non-profit organization providing medical care and comprehensive support to those living with HIV/AIDS in the desert community. It also provides free, anonymous HIV testing, counseling, legal services, HIV prevention, and education outreach.

“My role there will be to work alongside with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals,” sa
Victoria Maskiewicz, PhD
Victoria Maskiewicz, PhD
ys Dr. Lam. “I will help manage their antiretroviral regimens, ensure medication compliance, provide counseling and education about the medications and the HIV disease, monitor for drug-drug and drug-food interactions and toxicities, and participate in clinical trials research.”

Victoria Maskiewicz, PhD, has also recently joined the department of pharmaceutical sciences.

Prior to coming to LLU, Dr. Maskiewicz served as a consultant in intellectual property, emphasizing biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents.

She has extensive pharmaceutical industry experience, specializing in transdermal delivery of small molecules, and injectable and implantable drug delivery systems for recombinant proteins and peptides.

Dr. Maskiewicz received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, and her PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of California at San Francisco.

She will be teaching pharmaceutics, pathophysiology, and drug information and literature evaluation.

Her husband, Richard Maskiewicz, PhD, joined the School of Pharmacy’s department of pharmaceutical sciences in July 2006. They have two children.

By Jim Pinder, MBA

TODAY news for Thursday, July 2, 2007