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Dina Ameen

Ph.D Alumni

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I received my PhD from Rutgers University, working in the Laboratory for Drug Delivery. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a master’s degree in Pharmaceutics fro the College of Pharmacy, University of Baghdad, Iraq. Prior to joining Professor Michniak-Kohn’s group, I worked as an associate professor of Pharmaceutics at the


Nirali Dholaria

Ph.D Student

Nirali V. Dholaria is a part-time Ph.D. student at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and Master’s M.S in Regulatory Affairs (Long Island University, New York). Nirali has over 5 years of Pharmaceutical Regulatory experience in preparing and filing more than 15 ANDA (Abbreviated New Drug Application),


Ben Goodyear

Ph.D Student

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Benjamin Goodyear is a Global Technical Manager for the Pharmaceutical industry in the Greater New York City area. His expertise includes: Dermatological formulation development, Dermal Drug Delivery systems, and International product launches. His industrial experience includes Rx, OTC, generics (ANDA), & cosmetics. He is completing academic training as a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Rutgers


Namrata Matharoo

Skin Formulation Scientist

Skin Formulation Scientist for the Center for Dermal Research I am working as a Skin Formulation Scientist at LDD on various industrial projects. I did my bachelors and masters in Biotechnology (Hons) from Panjab University, India. I am currently training to acquire skills in various techniques and technologies. Before this, I was working in a


Hana Moh’d

Ph.D Student

  Hana received her B.S in pharmacy (Yarmouk university) in Jordan. She was working as a research assistant in pharmaceutical lab before starts her graduate study.    Research interest: Hana’s area of scientific interest includes Transdermal/Topical formulation development, 3D printing, Microneedling , polymeric nano technology. 



Vinam Puri

Ph.D Student

PH.D. CANDIDATE  Vinam Puri is a Ph.D. Candidate under Dr. Michniak.  Vinam plays an active role in the LDD creating proposals and budgets as well as writing and presenting detailed reports for projects at several milestones and upon completion. While pursuing his PhD, he has expanded his horizon by working towards a Certificate in Science &


Keyaara Robinson

Laboratory Mgr/Safety Officer/ Ph.D Student

Keyaara M. Robinson is the LDD Manger/Safety Officer while working towards her Ph.D. in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Keyaara manages all lab related activities; trains new personnel and manages collaborative industrial projects within the Center.  She received her B.S in Chemistry (Howard University) and M.S in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (NJIT). While pursuing her Ph.D., Keyaara


Parin Shah

Ph.D Alumni

Parin received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, in the Laboratory for Drug Delivery (LDD). He has more than a decade of experience for developing various kind of drug development and drug delivery in pharmaceutical industry. Currently, he is working in a leadership position in the pharmaceutical industry. He has successfully developed many pharmaceutical ANDA drug


Anna Shternin

Anna Shternin Part time Ph.D. student   Anna Shternin is a Ph.D. student in the department of pharmaceutical sciences. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology and her M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Tel Aviv University, where she studied organometallic chemistry. Anna is a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, she is experienced in oral


Amitkumar Virani

Ph.D Student

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  Part time PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences I have 10 years of Pharmaceutical R&D experience in liquid and solid dosage form like solution, suspension, powder for suspension, tablet, and semi-solid dosage.  I am currently working as a full time Senior Formulation Scientist at Akorn Pharmaceutical and filled more than 15 ANDA.  I am pursuing


Julia Zhang

Ph.D Alumni

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Julia Zhang received her PhD of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Rutgers University. She has over 15 years of Pharmaceutical R&D experience in solid oral, liquid, semi-solids, suppositories, nasal spray and other drug delivery systems for both small molecules and biologics. She has worked as R&D Director for the past 5 years. During this period, Julia had