• Caroline Mellac

    Research interests:

    • Formulation development for topical delivery of natural compounds
    • Development of personal care products

    Education:

    • 2014 – Current ENSAT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse): French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering, preparing for Bioengineering degree with specialization in Management.
    • 2011 – 2014 : Preparatory classes (BCPST) at Janson de Sailly in Paris, France. Intensive undergraduate studies in physics, maths, biology and chemistry to prepare competitive exams for admission to French Grandes Ecoles
    • 2011 :  French baccalaureat diploma in Sciences, France, awarded with honours, with European mention
  • Michelle Li

    Undergraduate Pharmacy Student

    Research interests:

    • Transdermal and Topical Drug Delivery
    • Drug Formulation

    Current research:

    • Chemical penetration enhancers
    • Polymeric drug delivery systems
    • Topical & transdermal formulation
    • Novel transdermal drug delivery technologies

    Experience:

    • Student Researcher, New Jersey Center of Biomaterials, Piscataway, NJ (June-August 2017)

    Education:

    • Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Piscataway, NJ, Pharm. D. Candidate 2022
  • Julia Zhang
    Julia Zhang

    Part time PhD Student in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Research interests:

    • Formulation Development of Targeted Drug Delivery System
    • Nanotechnology

    Experience:

    • Director of R&D at PuraCap Pharmaceutical LLC. Piscataway, NJ, USA (2011 – Present)
    • Manager of R&D at G&W Laboratories, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ, USA (1999 – 2011)
    • Research Scientist at 999 Pharmaceutical Enterprise Group, Shenzhen, China (1995-1996)

    Education:

    • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Rutgers The State University, NJ, USA (2016 – Present)
    • Master of Science in Chemistry – Lamar University, TX, USA (1998)
    • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry – Zhongshan University, China (1995)

    Patents:

    • A. Rashid, J. Zhang, M. Tran, D. Guo, Polyvinylpyrrolidone-containing acetaminophen liquid formulations, US 8969416 B2 (2012)
    • Four patents are currently under USPTO review
  • J. Peter Zhang
    J. Peter Zhang

    PhD Candidate

    Research interests:

    • Drug delivery technology, pre-formulation studies, formulation development, pharmacokinetics/ADME, polymeric drug delivery systems, and pathological mechanism studies.

    Current research:

    • Transdermal drug delivery, permeation enhancers and their mechanisms, novel drug delivery techniques, and topical and transdermal formulation studies.

    Experience:

    • Drugs and their metabolites analyses and characterizations / Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.
    • Drug pre-formulation and formulation studies, pharmaceutical analyses, laboratory automation and electronic documentation; / Schering-Plough Corporation, New Jersey.

    Selected Publications and patents:

    • J. Zhang, B.A. Watson, R.W. Keown, C.P. Malone and M.A. Barteau “Investigation of sulfonated aromatic compound (SAC) modification to nylon 6 film. 2. Study of SAC sorption isotherm and atomic force microscopic characterization of nylon surface” Langmuire 11(8):3018-3023, 1995.
    • J. Zhang, C.S. Liu and T.H. Zhou “The analysis of human urinary metabolites of the contraceptive drug norethisterone by GC-MS”. Chemical J. Chinese Universities 14(2):184-186, 1993.
    • J. Zhang, C.S. Liu, H. Bi, Y. Zhang, L. Ye and T.H. Zhou “The Chromatographic-Mass Spectrometric Analysis and Detection of Anabolic Steroid drugs in Human Urine and Metabolic Study” Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica 26(8):598-605, 1991.
  • Amitkumar Virani
    Amitkumar Virani

    Part time PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Education:

    • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Rutgers The State University, NJ, USA (2015 – Present)
    • M.S in Pharmaceutics (Industrial Pharmacy), Long Island University, NY (2010)
    • B.S in Pharmacy, L.M. College of Pharmacy, India (2008)

    Experience:

    • Senior Formulation Scientist- Akorn Pharmaceutical (February 2017- Present)
    • Formulation Scientist- Lupin Pharmaceutical (October 2013- January 2017)

    Research interests:

    • Nanoparticles and drug carriers for topical and transdermal drug delivery
    • Transdermal delivery (patches) and topical formulations
  • Sonia Trehan
    Sonia Trehan, PhD

    CDR Manager-Industrial Projects

    Current Role:

    • Managing industrial projects of CDR and managing LDD at NJ Center for Biomaterials, Busch Campus both from research and technical perspective
    • Effective communication and collusion with different stake holders associated with the projects to propose, develop, strategize, finalize the budgets, protocols along with professional and technical suggestions to ensure quality driven final outcome including reports/related documents and client satisfaction.
    • Managing dynamic professional alliance with other colleagues and staff members to demonstrate the team work and motivate the project group to implement the first time right approach.

    Research interests:

    • Design, development and evaluation of novel drug delivery dosage forms including: Dry powder for inhalers, Transdermals, parenterals, Micro-emulsions, Lipid-based drug-delivery systems like nanoparticles, lipospheres and liposomes .
    • Design, development, characterization and evaluation of topical formulations and personal care products.
    • Design of experiments based on QbD and formulation development of ANDAs and 505(b)(2)s for US and Europe with document support for submission to the FDA

    Experience:

    • Visiting Scientist, New Jersey Centre for Biomaterials, Center for Dermal Research, Rutgers University
    • Scientific Consultant at Innovative Drug Research Solutions (IDRS), Bangalore, India
    • Research Associate in Formulation Dev. at Wockhardt Res. Centre, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
    • Senior lecturer at ASBASJS Memorial college of Pharmacy, Bela, Punjab, Indi
    • Post Graduate trainee in Formulation Development at Panacea Biotec, Lalru, Punjab, India

    Publications:

    • (Abrol) Trehan, S., Trehan, A., Katare, O. P. Drug Delivery (2004), 11 (3), 185-191.
    • (Abrol) Trehan, S., Trehan, A., Katare, O. P. Current Drug Delivery (2004), 2 (1), 9–21.
    • Khatri, N.I., Rathi, M.N., Baradia, D.P., Trehan, S., Misra, A.R. Crit. Rev.TM in Therap Systems (2012), 29(6), 487.
    • Trehan, S., Sharma, G., Misra, A.R. siRNA: Syst Rev Pharm (2010), 1, 1-16.
    • Khatri, N.I., Rathi, M.N., Kolte, A.A., Kore, G.G., Lalan, M.S., Trehan, S., Misra, A.R Recent Pat Drug Deliv Formul. (2012), 6(1), 45-65.
    • Baradia, D.P, Khatri, N.I., Trehan, S., Misra, A.R., Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst (2012), 1(5), 577-588.
    • Kher, G., Trehan, S., Misra, A.R. Chapter 7, Challenges in Delivery of Therapeutic Genomics and Proteomics, USA, (2011)
    • Trehan, S., Misra, A.R. Chapter 1, Applications of Polymers in Drug Delivery, England (2013).
    • Trehan, S., Trehan, A., Chapter 4, Pharmaceutical drug development (2017), Ed: Jain NK, 4th edition. (Submitted revised chapter for 4th Edition)
    • Trehan, S., Kohn B.M., Beri K., Future Science OA (2017) (Submitted as special report in Future Science OA in 2017)

    Patents, Awards, Honors & Recognition:

    • Misra, A.R., Trehan, S. Pulmonary delivery of sustained release pharmaceutical Compositions of PDE5 inhibitors and combinations thereof for pulmonary arterial hypertension. Indian Patent Application No. 1237/MUM/2011.
    • Received Gold medal by Mrs. Sushma Swaraj during Medhaavi Chhatra Abhinandan Smaaroh 2000-2001 for securing Ist rank in Panjab University in B. Pharm.
    • Received Gold medal by Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (Ex- Vice president of India) for securing 1st rank in Panjab University in M. Pharm.
    • Merit scholarships in B.Pharm and Research Fellowship from University Grants Commission during Masters in Pharmacy.
    • Won 2nd prize in Pharma Quiz Contest organized at Panjab University, Chandigarh in Nov. 2000.
  • Rose Soskind
    Rose Soskind

    PharmD/PhD Candidate

    Research interests:

    • Targeted drug delivery
    • Photomedicine

    Current research:

    • Exploring nanotechnology-based dermal drug delivery

    Experience:

    • Bristol-Myers Squibb Analytical and Bioanalytical Product Develoment Summer Intern (2015)
    • Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Summer Intern in Mainz, Germany (2014)
    • Rutgers Aresty Chemistry Research Scholar (2012-2014)
  • Parin Shah
    Parin Shah

    PhD candidate

    Research interests:

    • Formulation development, evaluation and optimization of Topical Drug Delivery
    • Drug delivery technology, pre-formulation study and development of topical formulation

    Experience:

    • Scientist in speciality product development at Novel Laboratories, Inc. Somerset, NJ, USA (Oct 2013 – Present) Developing generic topical products: semisolid products like Cream, gel, lotion, ointment, suppositories, paste, foam and liquid products like oil, solution.
    • Scientist at Medicine In Need, Boston, USA (Nov 2010 – Sep 2013).
    • Formulation characterization and evaluation, pre-formulation approaches for poorly soluble drug using various dosage forms.
    • Research Scientist at Long Island University, NY USA. (Sep 2008 – Oct 2010).
    • Research topic: Evaluate Thermal and Rheological properties of EMDEX (Dextrate monohydrate) using various lubricants.

    Education:

    • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Rutgers The State University, NJ, USA (2015 – Present)
    • Master of Science in Industrial Pharmacy – Long Island University, NY, USA (2007 – 2010)
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy – Gujarat, India (2002 – 2006)

    Awards and Honors:

    • RHO CHI SCHOLAR AWARD (2009)
    • WHO’S WHO AMONG STUDENTS AWARD (2010)
  • Sudha Ramreddy
    Sudha Ramreddy

    PhD candidate, (on leave)

    Research interests:

    • Formulation and development of drugs using Novel drug delivery technologies like Transdermal drug delivery systems

    Experience:

    • Formulation Scientist, Pharmaceutical services division, Glatt Air Techniques, Ramsey NJ Formulation and Product development of various Extended release solid and liquid oral dosages using Wurster techniques.
    • Associate Formulation Scientist, Capricorn Pharma Inc. Frederick MD. Development of Solid oral dosage formulations.
    • MS in Chemistry, University of South Dakota, Vermillion SD.
    • BS in Pharmacy, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.
  • Jennifer Kelly
    Jennifer Kelly

    Pharmacy Undergraduate

    Research interests:

    • Transdermal Drug Delivery
    • Drug Delivery Formulations and Technology
    • Tissue Engineering

    Experience:

    • Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Piscataway, NJ, Pharm. D. Candidate (2019)
    • Research Assistant – New Jersey Center of Biomaterials, Piscataway, NJ (1/2016 – Present)
  • Benjamin Goodyear
    Benjamin Goodyear

    PhD Student – Part time

    Research interests:

    • Formulation design, development, and optimization for transdermal drug delivery systems
    • Drug delivery and enhancement technologies
    • In-vitro method design and development

    Current research:

    • Chemical penetration enhancers
    • Polymeric drug delivery systems
    • Topical & transdermal formulation
    • Novel transdermal drug delivery technologies

    Experience:

    • L’Oreal USA – Clark, New Jersey – Sr. Formulation Scientist 2016 – Current
    • TEVA Pharmaceuticals – Pomona, New York – Product Development Scientist 
    • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Health – Parsippany, New Jersey – Product Development Scientist

    Education:

    • Montclair State University – B.S. in Biology (May 2013)
  • Dina W Meen
    Dina W. Ameen

    PhD Candidate

    Research interests:

    • Formulation development of transdermal and topical drug delivery
    • Bioadhesive polymeric films
    • In vitro percutaneous absorption testing
    • Nanotechnology

    Education and Experience:

    • PhD student, Department of Pharmaceutics, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ (08/2013-Present)
    • Assistant Lecturer of Physical Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy –University of Baghdad (2005-2013)
    • M.Sc. in Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy –University of Baghdad (2005)
    • Teacher assistant in Biochemistry lab, Department of Clinical Analyses – College of Pharmacy –University of Baghdad (1999-2001)
    • B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy –University of Baghdad (1998)

    Publications:

    • Dina W. Ameen. Development and in vitro Evaluation of Bioadhesive Vaginal Tablet using Econazole Nitrate as a Model Drug”. Iraqi J Pharm Sci, 2011; 20(1):57-65.
    • Lubna A. Sabri, Halah T. Sulyman, Dina W. Ameen. Formulation of Tinidazole as an Oral Suspension Dosage Form. Al-Mustansiriya J Pharm Sci, 2013; 13(1):82-93.
  • Anika
    Anika Haq Alam

    Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Research interests: 

    • Nanotechnology and drug delivery
    • Development and analysis of Human Skin Equivalents
    • Diffusion studies of Different drugs with/and permeation enhancers across human skin and their equivalents
    • Drug Formulation

    Education and Experience:

    • Master of Natural Science in Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri, USA (2011-2014)
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy, The University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2006-2010)
    • Teaching Assistant- Division of Life Sciences (Piscataway, NJ)
    • Teaching Assistant- Department of Biology (Cape Girardeau, MO)
    • Intern- Incepta Pharmaceuticals (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

    Selected Publications:

    • Shahriar, M., Madak, M., Haq, A., Kabir, S., Saha, MR., Current Status of Antimicrobial Sensitivity Pattern of Streptococcus pneumonia Strains Collected from Clinical Sources in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Stamford Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2010, Vol. 3(1), pp. 59-62.
    • Ekramul, H., Shahriar, M., Haq, A., Gomes BC.,Hossain, M., Razzak, A., Mazid A., Prevalence of β-lactamase-producing and non-producing methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in clinical samples in Bangladesh, Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 2011, Vol. 3(5), pp. 112-118.

    Selected Abstracts:

    • Gudimalla, U., Raut, U., Meyer, J., Mim, A., Northcutt, A., Ghosh, S., “Enhancement of dendritic outgrowth from 3T3 cells by remotely tunable, magnetic nanocarriers in presence of basic fibroblast growth factor”, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), Annual Meeting, 2012, Chicago, IL, October 14-17.
    • Mim, A., McCallister, T., Diercks, D., Ghosh, S., “Neurite outgrowth from PC12 neuronal  cells in presence of thermogelling dispersions of polymer nanocarriers: A novel agent for controlled protein release?”, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), Annual Meeting, 2013, San Antonio, TX, November 9-10.
    • Mim, A., McCallister, T., Diercks, D., Ghosh, S., “Intracellular uptake of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) based thermogelling polymer nanocarriers and neurite outgrowth from PC12 neuronal cells”, Materials Research Society, Spring Meeting, 2014, San Francisco, CA, April 21-25.

    Honors and Awards:

    • James Harold Paullus-Biological Sciences Scholarship- Southeast Missouri State University, MO, USA.
    • Certificate of Academic Distinction in recognition of academic excellence in Graduate Studies- Southeast Missouri State University, MO USA.
    • Vice-Chancellor’s Gold Medal- The University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award- The International Award for Young People, UK.
    • Deming Award- International Convention on Students’ Quality Control Circles, India.