Joyce Chan PharBE alumna

PharBE alumna Joyce Chan and her daughter at graduation on the UW campus in 2019. Photo courtesy Joyce Chan.

Joyce Chan, PharBE ’19, is principal research associate at Boston-based Moderna Therapeutics, whose coronavirus vaccine received FDA approval for emergency use in mid-December, showing 94.1 percent effectiveness.

“The program definitely gave me a deeper understanding of drug development and pharmaceuticals, and has helped me better do my job,” Joyce says.

She didn’t know what to expect from an online program at the time, and she preferred UW’s over a Harvard Medical school course she took more recently, which was all prerecorded. “I was very happy with the whole program,” Joyce says. “I got a lot of face-to-face time with the professors and other students, and because of the small size, I felt that I got a lot more interaction out of it even than undergrad programs that are in-person.”