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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 Alumni

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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. Benjamin received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Rutgers University- New Brunswick, New


Namrata Matharoo

Laboratory Mgr/Safety Officer/ Ph.D Student

  I previously worked as a Skin Formulation Scientist at LDD on various industrial projects and am now the LDD Laboratory/Safety Manager. 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 molecular


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. 


Karen Mooney

Executive Assistant

Karen Mooney joined the Center for Dermal Research in 2019 as the Executive Assistant to Dr. Michniak-Kohn.  Karen has worked in an administrative role at Carnegie Mellon University, AT&T Wireless Services and Lucent Technologies over the years.  She handles the scheduling of all seminars, workshops and conferences for the Center; purchasing for the LDD; course


Vinam Puri

Ph.D Alumni

PH.D. Alumni Vinam Puri received his PhD in October 2021 under the guidance of Dr. Michniak.  Vinam played 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 expanded his horizon by working towards


Keyaara Robinson

Ph.D Student

Keyaara received her B.S in Chemistry (Howard University) and M.S in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (NJIT). While pursuing her Ph.D., Keyaara has worked as an R&D Scientist in the Pharmaceutical Industry. During the 2021 academic year Keyaara was also the LDD Manager/Safety Officer.  She managed all lab related activities; trained new personnel and managed collaborative industrial projects


Amgad Saleh

Ph.D Student

Amgad is a part time PhD student at the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Rutgers University. He received his B.S. in Biology from NJCU with a Chemistry Minor. Amgad has over 15 years of pharmaceutical experience in analytical and formulations development. He has formulations experience in a variety of dosage forms such as oral solids


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

Ph.D Student

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


Nubul Albayati

Nubul Albayati is a Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Sciences /Rutgers University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (Baghdad College of Pharmacy, Iraq). She received her master’s M.S in pharmaceutical Science at Rutgers University in 2022 under the guidance of Dr. Muzzio. She has experience in a variety of pharmaceutical powder characterization including solid surface properties such