Newsletter Fall 2013

Chair’s Greeting

Happy Holidays and best wishes of the New Year! I am delighted to share with you some of our wonderful accomplishments in this edition of the department’s E-Newsletter. This E-Newsletter is especially dedicated to Professor Richard Deth, who will retire from Northeastern after more than 35 years of distinguished service. Fall is also a special time when we admit new students into our undergraduate and graduate programs.

We are extremely pleased to recruit Dr. Tania Konry as an Assistant Professor in the department. Dr. Konry received her PhD from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel and came to the United States to do her post-doctoral work at Tufts University. Before coming to Northeastern, Dr. Konry was at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in the Center for Engineering in Medicine. Her research focuses on application of microfluidic technologies for understanding the complex immune functions in the body. Dr. Jeffrey Agar, Associate Professor jointly between the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Bouve and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in College of Science was recruited in Fall as well. Dr. Agar received his PhD from University of Georgia and did post-doctoral work at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Prior to joining Northeastern, Dr. Agar was at Brandeis University.

Additionally, Ms. Monica Auguste joined our department in the Fall as a Budget/Faculty Administrator replacing Mr. Roger Avelino, who retired in late Summer. Ms. August is a Northeastern alumna and has significant experience in higher education with her last position at Lesley University.

Our faculty, post-doctoral associates, and graduate students are very productive and they continue to receive many awards and grants. Professor Vladimir Torchilin was awarded the 2013 Blaise Pascal Medal in Biomedical Sciences by the European Academy of Sciences in recognition of his outstanding contributions into various areas of biomedical sciences, experimental pharmacology, nanomedicine, and pharmaceutical biotechnology. Professors Alex Makriyannis, Heather Clark, Richard Deth, and others have received grant awards from federal and private sources. Malav Trivedi, a doctoral student working under the mentorship of Professor Deth, received a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship from A2 Corporation, a New Zealand-based supplier of milk and dairy products. We also had a number of our PhD students graduate this Fall.

Most importantly, we would like to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at by email or 617-373-3137 by phone.

Mansoor M. Amiji, PhD, RPh

Distinguished Professor and Chairman


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