Devon J. Freeny

Devon J. Freeny

Mr. Devon J. Freeny is a Chicago native and a graduate of Florida A&M University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. His dedication to the field of pharmaceutical sciences has been demonstrated in his experiences ranging from pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy to working with Albumin at CSL Behring a pharmaceutical company and performing research independently through the Student Research Opportunity Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Devon has also been involved in other activities, including presenting at research conferences, joining academic and student societies, and participating in community service activities. As a member of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, he has participated and continues to participate in many community service activities which includes mentoring elementary school students within the communities surrounding FAMU. He has served as a liaison and the community service chairman for his community service organization, The Collegiate 100. Recently Devon presented research “Evaluating the Relationship Between Low-Income Mothers on Government Assistance and Childhood Obesity” at The Illinois Summer Research Symposium, and has also has been awarded the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. Devon is currently a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with concentrations in Pharmacology/Toxicology at Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Devon has joined Dr. Hernan Flores-Rozas research laboratory and is involved with a research project that investigates genes that provide protection to cancer chemotherapy. His work involves establishing an in-vitro system to evaluate inhibitors of the heat-shock response by identifying lead compounds, which can be used to develop heat-shock response targeted agents to sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy.