Keck Graduate Institute - KGI

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) is a graduate school in Claremont, CA, that offers certificate, master' KGI consists of three schools: Henry E.

Keck Graduate InstItute (KGI) was founded in 1997 as the fIrst higher education Institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to education and research related to the applied life sciences. KGI offers innovative postgraduate degrees and certificates that integrate life and health sciences, business, pharmacy, engineering, and genetics, with a focus on industry projects, hands-on industry

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Thank you to Claremont's Mayor, Ed Reece, for visiting our campus and discussing potential collaborations. We are excited about the possibilities of working together to improve health initiatives in the community and look forward to continuing the conversation!


We are proud to have MSPA Program Director Dr. Christy Eskes as a part of our esteemed faculty at KGI. Her dedication to promoting Physician Associate/Assistant (PA) advocacy has been recognized nationally, where she recently presented at the PA Education Association conference.

Dr. Eskes shared, "PA advocacy is a key part of our curriculum at KGI. We discuss PA laws and regulations in the first semester so the students have a lens on the past, present, and future of the profession they enter before they begin learning the bulk of their clinical medicine. We want them to understand where our profession fits in the landscape of medicine and what we need to do to advocate for ourselves in every area of medicine, from the bedside to the boardroom. It is part of our strategy for teaching our students to be leaders and innovators in our field."

At KGI, we believe in educating our students on the importance of advocacy, and Dr. Eskes' work inspires us all. Congratulations on your outstanding work promoting the PA profession!


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Research Scholars Program Scientists Advancing HIV Research 12/01/2023

Today is World AIDS Day.

We want to take a moment to recognize one of our corporate partners, Gilead Sciences, employer to 33 KGI alums, and their incredible work related to AIDS.

Through their Research Scholars Program (RSP), Gilead supports 50 early-career investigators committed to advancing scientific knowledge in unmet medical needs for people affected by HIV. These scholars are working tirelessly to develop interventions that can eliminate latent HIV in populations worldwide and reduce barriers to entry for underrepresented applicants. The RSP also facilitates connections between scholars globally to encourage collaborative research approaches to help end the HIV epidemic for everyone, everywhere.

We are grateful for Gilead's commitment to finding innovative solutions to address health inequities and prevent HIV-related deaths.

Research Scholars Program Scientists Advancing HIV Research For nearly a decade, the Gilead Research Scholars Program has funded early-career investigators who work to advance scientific knowledge in areas of unmet me...

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๐Ÿ Friday friends! Are you going to the Winter Gala:

It will be epic, and everyone will have a great time, but please do so responsibly. As your mascot bee buddy, I'm here to remind you that it's important to bee safe and make smart choices when out and about for the holidays. Keep the hive mind from taking over, and always designate a sober drone driver or use a ride-sharing service. And if you're hosting a house-swarming party, provide plenty of non-alcoholic options for your guests.

Let's all work together to keep our community safe and sound.
Happy holidays! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿน

Photos from Keck Graduate Institute - KGI's post 11/30/2023

We are thrilled to announce that KGI students have won first place in the recent study quest session organized by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy!

Congratulations to the OTD class of '25 students, Izzy Reilly, Viviana Avila, Ray Martinez, and Maria Calderon, for their outstanding performance. We are proud of our students and grateful to the Occupational Therapy Association of California for their support.

This victory would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our students and the guidance of our faculty. We are excited to see what the future holds for our OTD students! ๐ŸŒŸ

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Congratulations to the KGI Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), who recently received the CSHP - California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Chapter of Distinction and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Recognition for the 2022-2023 year!

These professional acknowledgments are a huge accomplishment and a testament to the SSHP's hard work and dedication. The student organization had to meet specific requirements like hosting a residency roundtable, inviting guest speakers to campus, and running a membership drive to earn these awards. And get this - KGI SSHP has maintained these honors for five years straight!

Congrats to the team ๐ŸŽ‰


Hear from Beth Walkenbach, Director of Corporate Partnerships at KGI, about how Team Master's Projects support companies looking for help and students looking for experience.


At KGI, we're on a mission to empower and educate the brightest minds in higher education. But we can't do it alone. That's where YOU come in! ๐Ÿค

Your support can make a world of difference for KGI's talented students. Whether funding scholarships, advancing research, or supporting our student organizations, your generosity paves the way for brighter futures.

Join us in celebrating the spirit of by making a gift today. Together, we can help students achieve their goals and make a lasting impact on our ever-changing world.

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Let's empower our students to reach new heights.
Thank you for being a part of the KGI family!


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Photos from Keck Graduate Institute - KGI's post 11/24/2023

๐Ÿ Hello again, Friday friends!

Beaker Bee here to introduce you to Neha Dafria, MBS '14; Barath Muralidharan, MBS '19; Yashwanth Ravishankar, MBS '15; Eric Young, MBS '20; and Camille Ybanez, MEng '21. This whole KGI crew and many of our other bee buddies work at Amgen.

Let's celebrate the bonds that connect usโ€”past, present, and future. If you're part of the KGI community, shout below, and let's create a hive of support and encouragement. And to our incredible alums at Amgen, you're the bee's knees!


Today, we give thanks to recent graduate Jemal Hussein, PharmD '23, who has been doing a fantastic job giving back to the community.

As an 8-year-old refugee originally from Ethiopia, Jemal knows firsthand what it means to be part of a low-income and vulnerable community. Now, as a proud PharmD graduate, he's continuing to use his knowledge and expertise to make a difference in the lives of others.

Jemal and his friends established a non-profit organization, T'ena Health, that provides health screenings and hygiene kits for underserved communities in the Los Angeles area. His passion for healthcare and community service has significantly impacted those who need it most, and we couldn't be more proud of him for his ongoing dedication and commitment to helping others.

Let's all take a moment today to show our appreciation for Jemal and his great work to make a difference in our community. Support Jemal and the T'ena team by donating, volunteering, or partnering with them:

Together, we can positively impact the lives of those around us.

Photos from Keck Graduate Institute - KGI's post 11/22/2023

Thank you to Dr. Talia Puzantian and the KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) for being excellent overdose educators this year!

Drug overdose deaths continue to rise, with the majority of deaths due to fentanyl. While most first responders carry the opioid overdose reversal medication, Naloxone, a delay of even a few minutes can be critical. Having Naloxone widely available in our communities and educating the public about opioid overdose can help save lives.

This summer, Dr. Puzantian created the new Naloxone Distribution Program (NDP) at KGI. The NDP team of trained PharmD students has been participating in outreach events ever since to provide overdose education and medicine to communities. Last month alone, the team distributed over 1,500 doses of Naloxone.

The recent Village Venture event team included Adrienne Uhlyarik, PharmD '25, and Mary Bessell, MSMDE '23, along with Oliver Atkinson and Jerry Liu, both high school juniors from the Carlow Center for Medical Innovation program at La Salle College Prep.

Another KGI SPHS team worked on the Drug Take Back effort during the Village Venture event. The purpose of the biannual effort is to allow community members to get rid of old, expired, or unused medications safely to help keep the environment clean and to help curb accidental poisonings, as well as drug misuse and overdose deaths.

In collaboration with the Claremont Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration, the KGI Drug Take Back team included faculty, Dr. Greg Reardon, Skai Fu, PharmD '25, Bethany Anidi, PharmD '27, Asha Kamack, PharmD '27, and Kyle Lim, PharmD '27. The team successfully collected six boxes of expired and unused medication.

Thanks again, SPHS superstars!


It's , and we are so close to the holidays that Beaker Bee just wanted to give an early thanks to Uchechukwu "Uche" Anyaduba, PhD '24, and her husband, Dr. Tochukwu "Dubem" Anyaduba, PhD '21, from Nigeria. These swell student sweethearts recently established a scholarship fund to help their fellow KGI community:

'Tis the season to show we care about helping our friends and family. Give a little during this time of Thanks Giving and feel the warmth of contributing to your community:


"Adding this role to Student Accessibility Services allows us to provide more dedicated support to students, foster stronger partnerships with faculty, and increase strategic collaboration with program administrators. We are thrilled to have Kristin join our team."

Veronica Clairmont
Senior Director, Division of Student Affairs

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๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations to Richard Chong and Christina Shum, both PharmD '24, for recently winning the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Seminar Clinical Skills Competition!

The competition had participants from all 14 pharmacy schools in California. Richard and Christina emerged victorious, placing first and making history as the first KGI team to win this competition at the state level. We are immensely proud of Richard and Christina's hard work and dedication! ๐Ÿ†


We're excited to share that Dr. Barbara Kraatz Fortini, our Associate Professor of Genetics and MSGDA Program Director, was recently featured on The Genetics Podcast!

In the podcast, Dr. Kraatz Fortini demonstrated her prowess as a science communicator, deftly explaining complex ideas clearly and concisely. She shared valuable insights on non-coding variants contributing to lifetime risk for cancer and discussed her experiences and thoughts as an educator.

We're incredibly proud of Dr. Kraatz Fortini and thrilled to have her as part of our faculty. Join us in congratulating her on this fantastic achievement, and be sure to check out the podcast:

Standards of Medical Care in Diabetesโ€”2023 Dr. Robert Gabbay 11/14/2023

Hear from the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, Robert Gabbay, in presenting the critical updates and highlights from the 2023 Standards of Care in Diabetes (SCD) webcast.

This year's SCD includes all of ADA's current clinical practice recommendations and is intended to provide clinicians, researchers, and others with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care.

โžก๏ธ Upcoming webinars:

โžก๏ธ For more information on additional webcasts, abstracts, podcasts, and meetings, visit:

โžก๏ธ Take action, get involved:


Standards of Medical Care in Diabetesโ€”2023 Dr. Robert Gabbay


We are excited to announce that our Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (SSHP) student chapter has received the 2023 Chapter of Distinction Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and CSHP - California Society of Health-System Pharmacists. We couldn't be more proud of their outstanding achievements!

We would also like to congratulate Kristian Marc Refuerzo, PharmD '24, past president of SSHP, for being recognized with a 2023 Student Leadership Award from CSHP at the recent Seminar. Kristian's dedication and commitment to the SSHP community have been truly inspiring, and we are thrilled to see his hard work and contributions being recognized meaningfully.

Congratulations again to the KGI SSHP student chapter and Kristian on these well-deserved accolades!

Photos from Keck Graduate Institute - KGI's post 11/10/2023

Hey there, hive-minded friends!

Beaker Bee buzzing in to share some shout-outs to David Bell PPC '24, Claire Manning MSPHT '25, and Adam Brown PPC '24. It was a real honey of a time hanging out and seeing some "sting"-tastic shots on the table. Can't wait to do it again soon!



Looking for a health industry resource that prioritizes science-based and evidence-backed practices? Look no further than the American Public Health Association. They're dedicated to ensuring everyone has a safe place to live, learn, work, and play.

โžก๏ธ Check out their upcoming annual meeting and expo from November 12-15, 2023:

โžก๏ธ And don't forget to follow them on social media:

โžก๏ธ Student memberships are available:


We are thrilled to share the success story of Christopher Kan, Director of Business Development at Sampling Human, who completed his certification program at KGI in Bioscience Management. After completing his online program, he shared, "One of the most valuable things I learned while there was how applicable my scientific training was to the world of business."

We couldn't be prouder to have Christopher as a part of our community and look forward to seeing all he accomplishes in the future. Here at KGI, we believe in helping our students get to where they want to go, and Christopher's experience is a testament to that. Congratulations!

You can view more of Christopher's experience, including the great benefits of having a qualified networking community at KGI, or for more information.


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KG-hi! Beaker Bee here, buzzing with excitement about my recent trip to Disneyland. I got to go on the Haunted Mansion ride and even saw the movie for Halloween - it was the bee's knees! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ป

As your ambassador of awesome events, I'm always seeking new experiences to share. While academic achievements are crucial, the overall experience and the connections gained through being social during your time at KGI contribute significantly to your success in life, both during and after the academic journey.

Now grab your guy and ghoul friends, and go have a safe and happy Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ


Exciting news in the world of biotechnology and food security!

A new paper in The Nature Plant, coauthored by Dr. Abed Chaudhury, a visiting professor at KGI, describes the engineering of asexual reproduction in rice plants. This technique, called apomixis, does not require fertilization and has enormous potential to combat crop failure due to atmospheric heat, which often causes pollination in rice plants to fail.

The significance of this breakthrough for agriculture and food security in a warming world cannot be overstated. Congrats to the team behind this groundbreaking research:


Come and meet us at Village Venture, Claremont's premier fall festival! KGI is excited to be part of this event, so make sure to drop by our booth near Hendrick's Pharmacy on Harvard Street.

Our School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be there, providing information on preparing for an overdose. And don't miss out on the Drug Take Back Event, co-sponsored by KGI and the Claremont Police Department. Bring your old or no longer useful pharmaceuticals to the Police Station on Bonita Avenue. Help us keep our community safe and healthy!

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KGI News: Generous Gift from Chan Family Elevates KGI's Physician Assistant Program 10/24/2023

๐Ÿ“ฃ Amazing news!

In a generous act of philanthropy, Tony and Virginia Chan, with their children, Megan and Jonathan, have made a significant gift to support the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) program at KGI.

Our MSPA degree is to be renamed in acknowledgment of the Chan family! The MSPA program plays a crucial role in addressing the growing demand for healthcare providers by preparing students to become skilled and compassionate PAs through a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum that combines classroom instruction, simulation-based training, and clinical rotations. The Chan family's gift elevates the program, ensuring that students receive the best possible education essential for healthcare quality and patient care.

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KGI News: Generous Gift from Chan Family Elevates KGI's Physician Assistant Program In a generous act of philanthropy, Tony and Virginia Chan, with their children, Megan and Jonathan, have made a significant gift to support theย Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studiesย (MSPA) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI).ย ย 


Thank you, Gilead!

We are grateful to receive positive feedback from Steven Chung, Senior Research Associate at Gilead Oceanside, about his experience working with our Team Master's Project (TMP) program.

Steven shared, "I had a wonderful time this year with the students. It was a joy to be a liaison for them, and I wish them and KGI all the best."

Thank you for your kind words, Steven! Curious about the curriculum:

Back row: Larry Davis, Professor of Practice in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at KGI and Faculty Advisor, and Terry Kugbe MBS '23
Front row: Steven Chung, Senior Research Associate at Gilead Sciences Oceanside, Sara Caro MBS '23, Nicole Tan MBS '24, and Danielle Klappstein CMC '23
Not pictured: Jacqueline Hernandez Contreras MBS โ€™23, and Morrel Gonzalez MBS โ€˜23

KGI Alumni Nan Jiang Pursues Cutting-Edge Breast Cancer Research While Developing Diagnostic Method 10/24/2023

๐ŸŒธ Spotlight:
Inspiring Alumni in Breast Cancer Research!

As we raise our voices for breast cancer awareness this October, we'd like to spotlight one of our remarkable alumni, Nan Jiang, MSTM '23. A recent graduate, Nan dedicates her life's work to breast cancer research to transform drug delivery and diagnostics. But what fuels her passion in this critical field is a deeply personal story.

๐ŸŽ—๏ธ Nan's journey began when she learned of her mother's battle with breast cancer during high school.

๐Ÿ’ช Nan's mother underwent surgery, and she's doing well today. This pivotal moment inspired Nan to embark on a path toward breast cancer research, where she could make a difference.

๐Ÿงฌ Currently, Nan's research is focused on extracellular vesicles (EVs), small membrane particles that play a significant role in cancer progression and metastases by transporting critical proteins and nucleic acids. These EVs may also serve as biomarkers or therapeutic targets for cancer.

๐Ÿ”ฌ Nan's ultimate goal is to develop a groundbreaking diagnostic method that could potentially enable early cancer diagnosis and help determine the most effective treatments while avoiding unnecessary ones.

๐Ÿ‘ We're incredibly proud of Nan Jiang's commitment to breast cancer research and her dedication to improving the lives of those affected. Her story reminds us of the power of personal motivation to drive change.

๐Ÿ’— Join us in celebrating Nan's journey and supporting breast cancer awareness this October. Let's work together to make a difference!

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Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) was founded in 1997 as the first higher education institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to education and research related to the applied life sciences. KGI offers innovative postgraduate degrees and certificates that integrate life and health sciences, business, pharmacy, engineering, and genetics, with a focus on industry projects, hands-on industry experiences, and team collaborations.A member of The Claremont Colleges, KGI employs an entrepreneurial approach and industry connections that provide pathways for students to become leaders within healthcare and the applied life sciences. KGI consists of three schools: Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Minerva Schools at KGI.

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