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Team Members

Eric Wenzler

Eric Wenzler, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, AAHIVP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. He completed a 3-year Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in June 2017. He graduated from Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy in 2012 and completed his Postgraduate Year 1 training in 2013 and Postgraduate Year 2 in Infectious Diseases in 2014 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Wenzler’s research interests include pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, antimicrobial stewardship, and clinical microbiology.

Lauren J. Andrews

Lauren Andrews, PharmD is the inaugural Critical Care/Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy Research Fellow at the UIC College of Pharmacy following completion of her PGY2 Critical Care residency at UIC in 2020. Prior to joining the UIC team, Lauren received her PharmD from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, TN (2018), and completed her PGY1 at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, KS (2019). Her clinical and research interests include renal replacement therapy and ICU liberation.

Mary Palmer

Mary Palmer, PharmD, BCPS is the first year Critical Care/ Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Research Fellow at the UIC College of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD from Ohio Northern University in 2019. Afterwards, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC and a PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Her clinical and research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, zoonotic infections, and Gram-negative resistance.

Taylor Abbey

Taylor Abbey is an MPH candidate at the UIC College of Public Health. She is currently employed as a Research Specialist in the UIC Department of Pharmacy. In the lab, she primarily investigates pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) of novel antimicrobial therapies targeting Gram-negative bacterial pathogens producing metallo-β-lactamases (MβLs). Additional research concentrations include evaluation of 1) antibiotic synergy and 2) in-vitro clinical microbiology testing methods. Prior to her employment with the university, she served as an Industrial Microbiologist for Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. and Avails Medical, Inc., a Clinical Microbiologist for Banner Health, and as a Scientist for Roche developing assays on their anatomic pathology platform.

Ashley Dahlquist

Ashley Dahlquist is a PharmD Candidate for the UIC College of Pharmacy, Class of 2026, with a Bachelors in Biology from Indiana University. She currently works as a Research Specialist where her research focus is primarily on the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of antimicrobial combination therapies and clinical microbiology. She has a background in infectious disease research and has worked as a Medical Technologist I in the UI Health Clinical Microbiology Lab.

Isabella Ruiz

Isabella Mia Ruiz-Baker is a PharmD candidate for the class of 2023 at UIC College of Pharmacy with a background in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include clinical microbiology and Gram-negative resistance.

Jess Benitez-Burke

Jessica Benitez-Burke is a PharmD Candidate for the UIC College of Pharmacy, Class of 2023, with a background in Organic Chemistry. Her interests include antimicrobial stewardship, clinical trial development, and HEOR studies with plans to pursue a career in pharmaceutical industry. As a new addition to the lab team (June 2021), she hopes to further develop and strengthen her clinical research skills with a focus on in-vitro studies.