Pharmacy alumni Rochelle and David Fontana return April 19 to share their career journeys

Rochelle Fontana
Rochelle Fontana '85

David and Rochelle Fontana will return to their alma mater, the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, on Friday, April 19, and each will give a brief talk about their career paths since their time at Wayne State. Their talks will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the WSU Applebaum auditorium, 259 Mack Avenue, Detroit.

The event will be of great interest and value to both Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students and MS and PhD students in Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

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Oh the places you’ll go: One pharmacist’s route to autonomy

Rochelle Fontana earned her BS in pharmacy in 1985. She will discuss her circuitous career path in pharmacy, including roles as a nuclear pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, community pharmacist and pharmacist in a small start-up. She is currently a medication therapy management pharmacist.

David Fontana
David Fontana '85, '89

Pharmaceutical sciences to cancer killer: A career in the biopharmaceutical industry

David Fontana is a two-time Wayne State graduate, holding a BS in biology (1985) and a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences (1989). He has been highly successful in the pharmaceutical world, where he is currently vice president for cellular therapy at Juno Therapeutics, a Celegne company, managing a program that uses CAR-T cells to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He will talk about his training in the pharmaceutical sciences, his career in the pharmaceutical industry and the importance of staying connected to peers.

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