April 21, 2021

Leticia Salvador Vieira Named Magnuson Scholar Award Recipient

Congratulations to the Department of Pharmaceutics’ Leticia Salvador Vieira for being named the UW School of Pharmacy’s 2021-22 Magnuson Scholar Award recipient. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to six outstanding students nominated by each of the Health Sciences Schools.

“I am extremely grateful to have been selected as a Magnuson Scholar,” she said. “This award provides me with a unique funding opportunity and boosts my self-confidence in completing my PhD research.”

Also a Levy Endowed Fellow – a graduate fund created by Pharmaceutics Emeritus Department Chair, Rene Levy – Leticia was nominated on the basis of outstanding academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences.

“Leticia has a natural talent in leadership,” said Joanne Wang, Professor of Pharmaceutics. “She is extremely talented, self-driven and passionate about research. She takes pride and ownership on her thesis research and always stays on top of her academic work and research projects.”

A native of Rio Claro, Brazil, Leticia studied Pharmacy and Biochemistry at the University of São Paulo. During her undergraduate study, she was awarded a scholarship at UC Davis where she worked on drug delivery research. In 2018, she was recruited to the University of Washington’s PhD program, where she began studying drug transporters, a rapidly emerging and promising field that has gained more attention from researchers and regulatory agencies.

After obtaining her PhD, Leticia aspires to become both a leader in pharmaceutical research and a mentor for other students.

“My goal is to contribute to the discovery and development of safer and more effective drugs to treat human diseases,” she said. “This is an incredible opportunity for my professional development, and I hope to be an active advocate for academia and industry partnership, acting as a future mentor and tutor for students in pharmaceutical sciences.”