USC College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Tessa Hastings has been named as a Breakthrough Star by the Office of the Vice President for Research. To be considered, candidates must be tenured or tenure-track assistant or associate professors who are relatively new in their career, and who demonstrate considerable contributions to their fields in terms of research and scholarly activity while at USC.
Hastings, who earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Auburn University, joined the USC College of Pharmacy in 2019 as an assistant professor in the department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences.
Hastings currently serves on the board of directors for the South Carolina Immunization Coalition. Her research applies implementation science principles to improve health care safety and effectiveness through the adoption of innovations in pharmacy settings, and focuses primarily on immunization information systems, or immunization registries.
Hastings appreciates the value which the university places on research to improve health care access and health outcomes, particularly among underserved populations and is honored to be recognized among all the remarkable research being conducted at USC.
I look forward to continuing this work and hope that our efforts will contribute to the reduction of disparities in the prevention of infectious diseases ...
“I have been so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many amazing colleagues and students in the College of Pharmacy and across campus, as well as pharmacists across the state of South Carolina,” she says. “I am grateful for the continued support of the College of Pharmacy and USC to conduct research focused on the development, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions to improve immunization coverage, specifically through pharmacy-based services in rural communities. I look forward to continuing this work and hope that our efforts will contribute to the reduction of disparities in the prevention of infectious diseases.”