An expert in cellular membrane trafficking and high-resolution imaging, Professor Hamm-Alvarez is recognized internationally for her work on regulated exocytosis in acinar cells. Her membrane-trafficking research has sparked new growth of translational programs in her laboratory ultimately aimed at improving clinical diagnosis and treatment of SjÖgren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease affecting the secretory function of the lacrimal gland and the integrity of the ocular surface. Other of her research programs focus on protein-targeted drug delivery. characterizing nanoparticle interactions with cells, and development of protein polymer-based drug delivery systems for ocular diseases.
Professor Hamm-Alvarez was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University in 1990, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cell Biology in 1993. She has authored numerous papers, served on editorial boards and grant review committees, is an AAPS fellow, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Linneaus University in Sweden.
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists: Fellow, 2014
: Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Representative, 2010-2011
USC School of Pharmacy: Gavin S. Herbert Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2004-2015
USC School of Pharmacy: John A. Biles Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2003
Linneaus University, Kalmar Sweden: Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, 2003
American Heart Association: Initial Investigatorship, 1994-1996
Duke University: Muscular Dystrophy Association Postdoctoral Fellow, 1991-1993
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