Alumnae Spotlight: Dr. Laetitia Angeline N’Dri

Dr. Laetitia Angeline N'Dri, Class of 2007

Alumnae Spotlight: Dr. Laetitia Angeline N'Dri, Class of 2007

Improving public health, identifying unmet needs in vulnerable populations, and increasing access to healthcare has always been of interest to Laetitia N’Dri, Doctor of Pharmacy.

Laetitia won first place along with a fellow classmate in "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" competition, hosted by the University of Maryland's Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) while she was studying to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Maryland. “I was ready to take on that challenge because I believe that student pharmacists should take advantage of the plethora of interdisciplinary opportunities offered to them while in school. The competition is a phenomenal way to better understand the ‘last-line’ role that pharmacists play in the health and safety of patients' lives."

Tell us about your job/role.
I am a pharmacist by training and I am currently a Health Economics & Outcomes Research (HEOR) Post-Doctoral Fellow at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey. My work focuses on designing and executing pharmaceutical research studies to support the value and reimbursement of a novel medication to treat high cholesterol. As such, I provide clinical and scientific expertise (including computer programming) in the methodology needed for the study design, I work closely with medical directors, I manage external vendors to successfully execute the different projects and I review study results to be shared with key stakeholders. I also design economic models to forecast the budget impact as well as the added clinical & economic value of the new drug. HEOR is very fulfilling for me because I get to collect and analyze real-world data from patients and physicians to truly address treatment gaps and to improve access to life-saving medications. I have been in this position for 2 years and I am looking forward to growing in this field!

What path did you take to get where you are?
I have always been interested in improving public health, identifying unmet needs in vulnerable populations, and increasing access to healthcare. After graduating college with a B.S. in Chemistry, I spent 4 years doing some soul searching and through experiences volunteering and interning for several non-profit healthcare organizations, I decided to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. During my first year of pharmacy school, I got involved in pharmaceutical health services research and the projects I worked on reinforced my desire to pursue a career in HEOR. I had great mentors who guided me along the process, and I am forever grateful!

What is something about your career/position that you're proud of?
I am proud of the number of peer-reviewed publications and presentations I have. In this field, being able to share your work and having an impact in the literature is very important. Some of my work has been cited by other researchers and I recently learned that an article I wrote last year in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy has been viewed more than 600 times and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy.

What's one adjective that describes you that's been a positive attribute for your role?
Curious

Is there a class that should be offered in high school or college that you think every student should take/would benefit from taking it?
A class on financial literacy would be very beneficial in high school or college. We often learn these skills through trial and error, but it would be helpful if students learn early on how to build their credit, manage loans and debts, and how to invest to create long-lasting wealth.

Name three things you would like to do in the next 5-10 years.

  1. Travel more and create memories with family & friends once the pandemic is behind us
  2. Learn how to trade/invest in stocks
  3. Get married and have children 🙂

What is your favorite Holy Child memory? Does one teacher or class stand out to you?
Ms. Michele Houmis was my religion teacher, and she truly influenced my faith! Through her class, I was able to get closer to God, I learned how to pray better and to love like Christ.

What event or tradition each school year did you enjoy the most?
Spirit week was a very exciting time! It was a way for our class to come together, combine our unique strengths and achieve a common goal. It also allowed me to be creative with the different outfits we had to create!

Are you still in touch with your classmates?
Yes! My best friends from Holy Child are still my best friends today! I am grateful for the bond that we share and they are truly my sisters.

What advice do you have for a Holy Child student or alumna who is pursuing her career/dream?
My advice would be to be true to yourself and to not be afraid to take the least travelled path. Often, we get caught up in following others' dreams but at the end of the day, your career should be fulfilling to you and it is this passion that will keep you going when challenges arise.

Written by:  Suzi Norris Montes de Oca ‘74

 

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