Principal Investigator

Bozena Michniak-Kohn, PhD
Director of the Center for Dermal Research and Laboratory for Drug Delivery, NJCBM
Professor of Pharmaceutics
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Bozena B. Michniak-Kohn is a Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy  and is Director of the Center for Dermal Research (CDR) and Michniak Laboratory for Drug Delivery (LDD) of the NJ Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM), as well as Project Leader, FDA Liaison and Steering Committee Member of the $15M NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC). Previously (2000-2005) she was at the Dept. of Pharmacology & Physiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ- NJ Medical School (Newark) & was Director of the Laboratory for Drug Delivery for NJCBM-Newark. She obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1980 from Leicester Polytechnic, Leicester, U.K now renamed the DeMontfort University. Postdoctoral experience was gained with Profs. N. Bodor (University of Florida) and B. Barry (University of Bradford, U.K). She returned in 1986 to the U.S. as Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina-USC, Columbia SC. In 1998 she became tenured full Professor and Director of the Transdermal and Topical Drug Delivery Laboratory at USC.

Dr. Michniak-Kohn has directed over 25 Ph.D. students, six Masters students, and 250+ undergraduates and the work resulted in over 350 abstracts, three patent applications, two books, 28 book chapters, and more than 100 papers. From 1995 to 2005 she served as reviewer on the NIH Study Section “Drug Development and Delivery” SBIR/STTR, IRG “Biophysics and Chemistry” and in 2002 she became Chair of this section. She is a reviewer on NIH Study Sections “Gene and Drug Delivery” as well as the Bioengineering Research Partnership Grants (PAR-99-009) and the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation. She has organized and chaired many symposia and workshops for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and was the 2001 Chair of the Dermatopharmaceutics Focus Group. She was Abstract Screening Chair (2000) and Programming Chair (2004) for the Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery (PDD) section. She was the 2005 Chair of the AAPS PDD section.  She served as the 2007 Chair of the AAPS Student and Post Doc Outreach and Development Committee (SPOD). For her research and leadership she was awarded the status of Fellow of AAPS in 2008. Dr. Michniak-Kohn also serves as the U.S. Editor of the Controlled Release Society Newsletter. She is a reviewer for over a dozen pharmaceutical and drug delivery journals.