December 2018 Early Career Profile

Published on 12/1/2018 12:00:00 AM

Nithya Srinivas, PhD, Research Investigator, Incyte Corporation, Wilmington, DE

Dr. Srinivas's training began at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Her PhD work focused on pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis on clinical and translational pharmacology and population pharmacokinetic modeling. She is currently a research investigator in clinical pharmacokinetics at Incyte. At Incyte, they do a lot of work in oncology and targeted therapies. Dr. Srinivas's background is in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) research where she has done translational and clinical pharmacology work looking at antiretroviral distribution to the brain. She chose those areas of research in graduate school because she feels there is a significant unmet need in drug development in these therapeutic areas to positively impact patient care. She got to where she is today through her rigorous training program and the advice and guidance of great faculty/mentors at UNC, Incyte, and beyond.

The first mentor that Dr. Srinivas worked with in the field is her father N.R. Srinivas. He is a clinical pharmacologist and he taught her about absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) and pharmacokinetics when she was 15 years old. The work he did inspired Dr. Srinivas's interest in pursuing clinical pharmacology as a career. At UNC, she worked with Dr. Angela Kashuba as an advisor. Under Dr. Kashuba, Dr. Srinivas developed a methodical research focus. Dr. Kashuba's mentorship has not only helped Dr. Srinivas during her academic program, but also in her current position. It has shaped her thinking about science and research.

Dr. Kashuba first introduced Dr. Srinivas to ASCPT when she suggested that Dr. Srinivas submit an abstract to the ASCPT 2016 Annual Meeting. Her work received recognition as a Top Trainee Abstract. While attending the meeting, Dr. Srinivas realized that it was a great place to supplement her training and understanding of clinical pharmacology and particularly improve her understanding of the intersection of clinical pharmacology with patient care. Soon after that experience, she became a member of ASCPT.

There are three main ways in which Dr. Srinivas sees her membership as beneficial to her career. She believes that “the Annual Meeting always covers novel and exciting research and tries to address the challenging questions we face as clinical pharmacologists in the real‐world setting.” She also appreciates the career growth opportunities that she has received through training and mentorship. As someone who has recently finished her training and is now entering the professional world, she has joined the Early Career Community and worked with Dr. Cecilia Fosser to submit a proposal to the ASCPT 2019 Annual Meeting. She feels that she would not have been able to accomplish that on her own. The Annual Meeting has helped her develop her career but has also been a boost to networking. She views the meeting as a great place to catch up with old friends made in graduate school but to also make new acquaintances both to further one's career and to meet new collaborators. She sees tremendous value in being part of a large organization of like‐minded individuals to expand her network and keep on learning.

Dr. Srinivas joined ASCPT in 2016. She received the Presidential Trainee Award in 2016.

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