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.

Alesia Vialichka

Alesia Vialichka graduated from UMass Amherst in 2016 with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and worked as a researcher in industry prior to starting pharmacy school. She is currently a second year graduate research assistant in the lab and a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate for the class of 2022 from the UIC College of Pharmacy. Alesia is interested in pursuing infectious disease after the completion of her PharmD.

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee is from Cupertino, CA and graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She has been working in the Microbiology Research Laboratory since 2017. She is currently a pharmacy student at UIC and will graduate in 2021.

Michelle Jurkovic

Michelle Jurkovic holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola University and has a background in clinical microbiology from her work at IHMA. She is currently a second year graduate research assistant in the lab and is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate for the class of 2022 from the UIC College of Pharmacy.

Taylor Abbey

Taylor Abbey graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. During her time as a student, she was employed in 1 clinical cytology and 3 research laboratories. Post-graduation she worked as an infectious disease professional for companies such as Banner Health, Accelerate Diagnostics, and Avails Medical, and also as a scientist for Roche developing assays for their anatomic pathology platform. She recently joined the lab as a full time Research Specialist in 2020.