Ronald T. and Pamela K. Borchardt Travel Fellowships

The Globalization of Pharmaceutics Education Network (GPEN) was founded in 1996 and incorporated on November 10, 1998 by Professor Ronald T. Borchardt and the faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas. GPEN, Inc. was created for the sole purpose of fostering and facilitating cultural exchanges and international scientific exchanges in the pharmaceutical sciences.

GPEN sponsors a biennial meeting for graduate students and postdocs from universities from more than 50 member and associate member academic institutions around the world.

The Ronald T. and Pamela K. Borchardt Travel Fellowships are awarded annually to students of member institutions to do collaborative research at the host university in support of facilitating global research collaborations within GPEN member universities.



Lloyd Wei Tat Tang, National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • Advisor: Dr. Eric Chun Yong Chan
  • Topic:  CYP3A4-mediated Metabolism of Tucatinib 
  • Host: Dr. Klarissa Jackson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

"I am extremely thankful and honored to be one of the recipient of the Borchardt Travel Fellowship. This fellowship awarded by GPEN provided generous financial support which allowed me to travel to the United States and collaborate with Dr Klarissa Jackson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Furthermore, it also gave me the opportunity to attend the biennial GPEN 2022 meeting held at the University of Minnesota and present our findings to other researchers. More importantly, the highlight of this meeting for me was connecting with other amazing graduate students from different universities who are working in the field of pharmaceutical sciences." - Lloyd Wei Tat Tang


Minzhi Yu, University of Michigan, USA

  • Advisor: Dr. Anna Schwendeman
  • Topic: Biorelevant In Vitro Release Conditions for Leuprolide PLGA Microspheres 
  • Host: Christel Bergström, University of Uppsala, Sweden

"With the support of GPEN and Borchardt Travel Fellowship, I traveled to Sweden to conduct collaborative research between Dr. Bergström’s lab at Uppsala University and Schwendeman’s lab at the University of Michigan. During my stay at Uppsala University, I got trained in the in situ UV fiber optic technique, based on which I developed a new method to monitor the initial burst release kinetics of polymeric microparticles. The visit also greatly benefited my career development by connecting me with other pharmaceutical scientists and cultivating future collaborations in a broad international context. This experience allowed me to forge friendships, learn new ideas, and grow both professionally and personally. The memory will be cherished for my life." - Minzhi Yu


Jasleen K. Sodhi, University of California San Francisco, USA

  • Advisor: Dr. Leslie Benet
  • Topic: Investigating the Clinical Significance of Proposed Organic Anion Transporter 2 (OAT2) Substrates
  • Host: Dr. Janne Backman, University of Helsinki, Finland