Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a flag-ship department at Northeastern University in Boston. Our outstanding faculty members are committed to delivery of excellent pharmaceutical science education and training and actively participate in interdisciplinary research enterprise. Northeastern University’s School of Pharmacy is consistently ranked first in the National Institutes of Health funding among all private schools of pharmacy across the United States.

The Department’s mission is to support the University, Bouvé College, and the School of Pharmacy in education and training of undergraduate and graduate students to become highly skilled and caring healthcare professionals and create new knowledge through excellence in basic and translational pharmaceutical research.

Contact Information

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University
140 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Mansoor Amiji

Mansoor Amiji

Message from the Chair

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the website of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at Northeastern University. Here you will find detailed information about the Department by following the various web links from the homepage.

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The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is an integral part of the School of Pharmacy and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, one of the seven colleges at Northeastern University. Health Science is a rapidly fast developing area here, and in the near future, we expect to see new developments in such cutting edge research such as drug discovery, neuro-pharmacology and toxicology, targeted drug delivery and nanomedicine, molecular imaging, and bioanalytical chemistry.

Currently, there are 18 full-time faculty and several research thrusts, as well as four distinguished “Centers of Research Excellence”. These are the Center for Drug Discovery, New England Inflammation and Tissue Protection Institute, Center for Translational Imaging, and Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine. We have active collaborations with many academic, medical research institutions, and industries in the Boston area.

As part of the School of Pharmacy, the Department’s faculty members are engaged in teaching in the professional Doctor of Pharmacy program. We are proud that our alumni, who have received their PharmD degrees from our University, enjoy good jobs with clinical and retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies. Our extensive graduate program (MS and Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program (with specialization in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Biotechnology, and Interdisciplinary option) have gained a well-deserved recognition from students, researchers and other universities. The high quality of our scientific research is well justified by a large number of extramural grants (e.g., from NIH), including training grants, held by our faculty members.

When looking through this site, you’ll learn about different individuals and their scientific interests and achievements. Those interests and achievements span the outstanding variety of subjects, from medicinal chemistry to drug delivery, from neuroscience to toxicology, from mechanisms of inflammation to nanomedicine and molecular imaging. There are, however, several important features that unify these people into a single entity – the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Among these features one can name a shared interest in health sciences and ability to work as a team providing excellent educational and research opportunities to our students, great scientific ideas, and outstanding community service.

Thank you for taking an interest in our Department and visiting the website. I hope that you are able to find the necessary information you seek.

Mansoor M. Amiji, RPh, PhD
Distinguished Professor & Chair
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences News

School of Pharmacy Students Recognized for Three Major Campus-Level Awards for 2016
Each spring, Northeastern University recognizes top students across the university in the form of three campus-level awards. We congratulate all of the pharmacy students who were recognized this academic year!   The Sears B Condit Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement is awarded annually to the 100 graduating seniors with the highest GPA. The following pharmacy students, receiving ...more
School of Pharmacy Alumnus Christopher Lynch Named Director, Office of Nutritional Research
School of Pharmacy Alumnus Christopher Lynch Named Director, Office of Nutritional Research
Northeastern School of Pharmacy alumnus Christopher Lynch has been named the new director of the Office of Nutrition Research (ONR) and chief of the Nutrition Research Branch within the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lynch received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern ...more
Torchilin Study Addresses Unmet Needs in Cancer Therapy
Torchilin Study Addresses Unmet Needs in Cancer Therapy
Vladimir Torchilin, PhD was awarded a $1.5 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, which will fund a five-year study focused on introducing a novel class of simple-to-prepare therapeutic preparations, that when combined with traditional chemotherapy, could provide a promising strategy against multidrug resistant (MDR) tumors. His work on the project is entitled ...more
Makriyannis Receives 2015 AAPS Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award
Makriyannis Receives 2015 AAPS Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award
Alexandros Makriyannis, PhD, Professor and Behrakis Trustee Chair in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Director of the Center for Drug Discovery at Northeastern University, was presented the 2015 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award at the AAPS Annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.   The award, sponsored by Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, recognizes Dr. Makriyannis' accomplishments in the pharmaceutical ...more
Amirah Aly Honored with PEO Scholar Award
Amirah Aly Honored with PEO Scholar Award
Amirah Aly, a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Barbara Waszczak, has been awarded the 2015-16 Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Scholar Award. This prestigious award supports women as they strive to achieve their educational goals. Amirah was the Boston-area nominee, and one of the national winners. P.E.O. Scholar Awards are ...more
PhD candidate, Shravan Sriraman wins best abstract/poster award at the ASPET conference.
Mortality rates for advanced cancers have not drastically improved in almost 40 years and are a major cause for concern. Current chemotherapeutic approaches involve application of the free drug, causing toxicity to a majority of the rapidly dividing healthy cells in our body leading to disastrous side effects. Furthermore, it has been found that most ...more

Program Admission Requirements

Please send all required documents to:

Northeastern University
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Graduate Admissions
123 BK, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The Graduate Committee will select applicants from amongst those who meet the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in biology, chemistry, medical technology, pharmacy, chemical engineering or a related field.
  • At least two semesters undergraduate courses (or their equivalent) in each of the following: mathematics (including calculus), biology, physics, and organic chemistry.

Admissions are for the fall semester only.

Note: Applicants with deficiencies in their baccalaureate courses may be admitted to the MS Program and allowed to take undergraduate courses at Northeastern University concurrently with certain graduate courses. Students admitted with deficiencies must remove them within the first year of graduate study. Applicants for the PhD Program must meet all admission requirements.

Applicants for the Ph.D. Program must meet all admission requirements. An MS degree is not required.

Applicants for the Master of Science Program can request full or part time study (an I-20 visa requires that a student be full time). The Ph.D. Program is full time only.

If you have any additional questions about the graduate programs please email

If you have questions about any missing documents in your application such as your GRE or TOEFL scores, please email the Bouvé graduate office at

Application Deadlines

Ph.D.: January 15, 2016 for Fall 2016 admission

MS: June 1, 2016 for Fall 2016 (Students needing a visa should apply as early as possible).

ETS Code

The ETS code for the Bouve College of Health Science Graduate Office is #3629.

GPA and Testing
  • A minimum (undergraduate) grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better.
  • A high score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose native language is not English, or whose baccalaureate education was at an institution where English was not the language of instruction (suggested score: 100 internet with 22 spoken. The written or computer-based exam is no longer accepted.
  • A high score in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This test must be taken within the last five years. Specialty subject GRE’s are not required. (suggested score: 305 on the scale introduced in 2013, or 1100 on the older scale).

Experiential Learning


Northeastern University is number one in the US News and World Report ranking of colleges that offer experiential education. The School of Pharmacy’s Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs capitalize on Northeastern’s location among the many research hospitals and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the Boston area to provide real-world learning opportunities for students.

How it Works

During their first year, students gain valuable hands-on experience through lab courses. The majority also work in on-site laboratories with Northeastern’s world renowned pharmaceutical research faculty. These experiences prepare them well to launch into the professional world as early as the summer of their first year. During that summer and the following two semesters, students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing can participate in their experiential education. The evening curriculum provides ample flexibility in the timing of coops and internships. In some cases, coops lead to post graduation permanent positions. International students are able to participate in coop through the Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) program offered by Northeastern University as part of the Pharmacy Internship course offered every semester.

An experienced coop coordinator guides students in assessing their career goals and finding the best working environment to work toward those goals. Students are not guaranteed a paid experience, but every effort is made to connect them to employers in their area of interest. Workshops are offered on a regular basis to educate students on topics such as how employers review applications; developing long term career plans; preparing credentials and interviewing; and alternative careers in science.

Student Testimonial

Industry Partners

  • Bach Pharma
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Genzyme
  • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Pfizer
  • Tufts Medical Center

Policies & Procedures

Students must be enrolled full-time in the College of Pharmacy with a grade point average of 3.2 or above in order to participate in the coop/internship program.

Co-op/Internship Coordinator contact information: Nancy Waggner –


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Colloquium (2014-2015)
Seminars are held at noon in 378 The Fenway Unless Noted
All are welcome to attend
Coffee, Tea & Cookies will be served


Inviting Faculty



09/10/15 Dr. Thakur Dr. Eliot Gardner, PhD Chief of Neuropsychopharmacology program, NIDA/NIH “Addiction – A Real Brain Disease: The Underlying Neurobiology of Addiction, Craving, and Relapse”
09/17/15 Dr. Kim Dr. Charles Knutson, Research Associate, MIT “Pathogens, Colitis, and Arsenic: A Triplet of Vignettes”
09/24/15 Dr. Clark Ann Van De Ven-Moloney, PhD, Northeastern University “Optimization of Tumor Targeting with Silicon Using Biomimicry, Active, and Passive Accumulation Mechanisms”
10/01/15 Cancelled
10/08/15 Dr. Booth Ola Ghoneim, MSc, PhD “Our Research Journey towards Developing Therapeutic Avenue for Autism Spectrum Disorder”
10/15/15 Dr. Makriyannis Girija Rajarshi, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Biochemical and Biophysical Characterization of the Endocannabinoid Enzyme Monoacylglycerol Lipase”
10/22/15 Dr. Amiji Dr. Gerardo Mackenzie, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University “Preclinical evaluation of novel agents against pancreatic cancer”
10/29/15 TBD Cancelled TBD
11/05/15 Dr. Loring Brijesh Garg, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Investigating the role of alpha 7 nAChR in inflammation”
11/10/15 Dr. Makriyannis Shashank Kulkarni, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Novel Controlled Deactivation Cannabinergic Ligands”
11/12/15 Dr. Makriyannis Anisha Korde, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Binding Site Characterization of Human Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) using Covalent Ligands”
11/19/15 Dr. Gatley Sean Kocur, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Salsolinol-like Compounds as Biomarkers for Human Alcohol Consumption, Disease, and Toxicity”
11/27/14 Thanksgiving No Colloquium
12/3/15  Dr. Giese Yuanyuan Yao, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Small Molecule Metabolite Analysis of Human Urine Samples using MALDI-MS method”
12/10/15 Cancelled
1/14/16 Dr. Konry Dr. Basak Uygun, Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, MGH “Engineering Organs for Transplantation”
01/21/16 Dr. Gatley Shilpa Sonti, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Docosahexaenoic acid and its ethanolamide: metabolic fates and functional effects”
01/28/16 Dr. Clark Eno Ebong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University “Cardiovascular Mechanobiology and Atherosclerosis”
02/04/16 Dr. Amiji Town Hall Meeting
02/11/16 Dr. Thakur Abhijit Kulkarni, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University Pharmacotherapies Through the Allosteric Modulation of

a7 nACh and CB1 Receptors

02/18/16 Dr. Torchilin Aditi Jhaveri, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Liposomal Nanomedicine Targeting Bulk Tumor Cells and Tumor-Initiating Cells in Glioblastoma”
02/25/16 Dr. Konry Erkin Seker “Nanoporous Gold as a Multifunctional Biomedical Device Coating”
03/10/16 Spring Break No Colloquium
03/17/16 Dr. Loring Hiral Patel, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University

“Role of astroglial α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in neuroinflammation and oxidative stress”

03/24/16 Dr. Amiji Dr. Constantinos Mikelis, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Texas Tech University “The Rho-le of vascular permeability in inflammatory diseases”
03/31/16 Dr. Konry Dr. Polyak, PhD Department of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia PA
“Magnetic strategies for therapeutic targeting and regenerative medicine”
04/07/16 RISE
04/14/16 Dr. Konry Pooja Sabhachandani, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University TBD
04/21/16 Dr. Waszcak Amirah Aly, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University TBD
04/28/16 Dr. Torchilin Bhushan Pattni, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University TBD

Other Information

Department Resources

Equipment and Core Facilities in 140TF

Pharm Sci-Core Competencies and Resources

  • CompuCyte iCyte Laser Scanning Cytometer

iCyte Preparation Guidelines

  • Zeiss LSM700 Confocal Microscope

Keck Facilities

  • Roche LightCycler Real-Time PCR

PCR Equipment

  • BioTek Synergy H1 Microplate Spectrophotometer
  • Thermo Fisher Nonnodrop 2000 Uv-Visible Microspectrophotometer
  • Data Analysis Center (The 3D Kabaret)
  • Histology Sample Preparation Area
  • Liquid Nitrogen, Co2 Store
  • Autoclave Facilities
Policies & Procedures
Graduate Internship Policies

Requirements and Regulations for Department of Pharmaceutical Science Internships

Internships foster professional development through work in drug discovery, development, and/or regulatory affairs in pharmaceutical, medical device or biotechnology companies. Students engage in pharmaceutical science research or work in an environment outside the University under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

For all students:

  • Students must have completed one semester with a GPA of 3.2 or better, be in good academic standing and have no instances of academic dishonesty, no blocks on enrollment, and no repeated or incomplete courses.
  • Students employed in a faculty lab must receive permission prior to applying to any outside internship position.
  • Students are responsible for finding their own internships. Prior to looking for an internship, resumes must be submitted to the Internship Coordinator for approval.
  • Students must register for the Pharmaceutical Sciences Internship course (PHSC 6401) to receive academic credit for their internships.
  • MS Students with a 3.0 GPA may take internships in either or both summer sessions of the full-time program.
  • PhD candidates (post qualifying exam) need approval of their academic advisors. PhD students may not take internship during semesters they are supported by an SGA.
  • Students enrolled in the internship course must write a paper (at least 2 pages) describing their internship learning outcomes. This should be sent to the Internship Coordinator. In addition, internship supervisors will be asked to reply to a questionnaire about students’ performance.

For International Students:

  • Students are required to have a valid I-20 and taking internships must not extend international students’ visas. Internships during any graduate program must not exceed 52 weeks.
  • After securing an offer letter from internship sites, international students must obtain signed approvals from a) the Internship Coordinator, b) the Bouve Graduate Office, and c) the ISS, in that order.
  • Internships totaling more than 52 weeks will eliminate the possibility of post-graduation OPT (Optional Practical Training).
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