My UMSOP Story: Sooriya Jhanagan, MS ’22, pharmacovigilance analyst, IQVIA

Sooriya Jhanagan, MS ’22, is a 2022 graduate of the MS in Regulatory Science program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University. She is also currently pursuing an MBA in pharmaceutical healthcare and marketing at Saint Joseph’s University and expects to graduate in December 2023.

What interested you in learning more about regulatory science? What was your prior exposure to these topics?

I became a pharmacovigilance analyst at IQVIA after graduating from Penn State. It was through my mentor and boss that I learned of the MS in Regulatory Science program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. I knew further education could help me better understand the subject and move up the pharmacovigilance career ladder.

What drew you to attend the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy?

It was my boss who recommended that I check out the School of Pharmacy. He had a few colleagues who raved about the school and knew I could succeed with a degree from UMSOP.

What was your experience like in the regulatory science program?

My experience in the program was incredible. It was wonderful to meet so many working professionals from various backgrounds.

What were some of the highlights of the program? What were your interactions like with faculty, staff, and students?

The professors were the greatest part about this entire program. Each one took their time with students to ensure that everyone was understanding the material. We could ask a limitless number of questions and our professors were there for us, especially Jim Polli, PhD, graduate program director and Ralph F. Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics, who I will always be grateful for.

What is your advice to prospective students who might be considering whether to apply to this program?

If you are thinking about whether to apply or not, just apply. Do not overthink it because you have nothing to lose. I was initially on the fence about applying since it would have been difficult to balance work and school, but the professors truly want the best for their students. They will do what they can to ensure you will succeed in both your education and your career.

About the MS in Regulatory Science program: The MS in Regulatory Science program addresses all major areas of drug product regulatory science, including chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC); clinical research; and post-approval surveillance, as well as drug discovery. Learn more and apply today.

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