Developing Software Tools for Precision Dosing in a Post-antibiotic Era

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Help develop the tools and understanding to individualize drug therapy to improve patient care.

Project description

This project involves coding primarily in R (95%), however involves some coding some auxiliary components in Fortran (5%). Students will work to enhance the user interface, error checking, user feedback, and post-processing components of the software. Additionally, a future direction of the software is to integrate into a hospital's electronic health record system (EHR), to facilitate data entry at the point of care.

This project involves a number of disciplines: programming, statistics, pharmacology, infectious diseases, and health care. For this project, however, a strong interest in programming and statistics will be most helpful. Aspects of pharmacology, infectious diseases, and health care can be learned throughout the project's progression.

Project outcome

This project will provide students with the opportunity to write and submit abstract/posters as well as peer reviewed research papers.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year-long (10-12 months)
Start time Fall, Winter, Spring
In-person, remote, or hybrid? Hybrid
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic Credit
Who is eligible Juniors, Seniors; Background programming in R 

Project mentor

Nicholas Smith

Assistant Professor

Pharmacy Practice

Phone: (716) 881-8215


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Preparation activities

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Pharmacy Practice