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.

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Contact Information

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

PharmSci Faculty & Staff
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

Admissions Requirements

How to Apply

Please send all required documents to:

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

Admission Requirements

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, 2015 for Fall 2015 admission

MS: June 1, 2015 for Fall 2015 (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 Testimonials


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



09/11/14 Dr. Amiji Verbena Kosovrasti, PhD Candidate, Northeastern University “Hyaluronic Acid-Based Nano-Carriers for RNAi Therapy of Advanced Sepsis”
09/18/14 AAPS Bhavishya Mittal, Ph.D., Senior Scientist,Takeda Pharmaceuticals -
09/25/14 Dr. Makriyannis Michael Johnson, PhD candidate, Northeastern University “Analyzing the Structure and Function of Endocannabinoid-Hydrolyzing Enzymes; Using Biophysical and Nanomedical Techniques”
10/02/14 Dr. Amiji Dr. Hafezi-Moghdham “Molecular Imaging of Retinal Endothelium:  Early Indicators of Systemic Disease”
10/09/14 Dr. Amiji May Xiong, PhD,  Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy “Development of nanomedicines for cancer and chelation therapy”
10/16/14 Dr. Thakur Katya Tsaioun, President, Pharma Launcher, LLC, Cambridge, MA “I have a drug! What’s the FDA phone number”
10/23/14  No Colloquium -
10/30/14 Dr. Kim         306 Egan Dr. Joseph Brain, The Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology, Harvard School of Public Health Inhaled insulin: what have we learned after a cumulative investment of $5 billion?
11/06/13 Dr. Kim Qiaobing Xu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University “Chemical modification of proteins and their intracellular delivery for cancer therapy”
11/13/14 Dr. Kim Dr. Arijit Chakravarty and Dr. Ryan Nolan, Takeda Pharmaceuticals “Mathematical Modeling in the Pharmaceutical Industry”
11/20/14 Dr. Amiji Town Hall Meeting
11/27/14 Thanksgiving No Colloquium -
12/04/14 Dr. Deth Yiting Li, PhD Candidate, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern University “Regulation of Cobalamin Status in Human Neuronal Cells and Cerebral Cortex-Implications for Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia”
1/15/15 Dr. Amiji Roman Manetsch, PhD, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology “Mass Spectrometry-Directed Medicinal Chemistry targeting Malaria and Cancer”
01/22/15 Dr. Konry Dr. James Kim, Assistant Immunologist, MGH, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School “Regulatory B Cells in Transplantation Tolerance”
01/29/15 - - -
02/05/15 Dr. Khrapko Dr. Yury Popov, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School “Aspirin, platelets and liver cirrhosis: a simple solution for a complex problem?”
02/12/15 Dr. Loring Rebecca Shansky, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University “Dopaminergic modulation of fear extinction: influence of the estrous cycle”
02/19/15 Dr. Kim Dr. Klaus Miczek, Professor of Psychology, Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences “Social Stress, the CRF-Dopamine Systems in Models of Depression and Drug Abuse”
02/26/15 Dr. Konry Dr. Biju Parekkadan, Assistant Professor, Surgery and Bioengineering, MGH “An Alternative Pharmacological View of Cell Therapy”
03/05/15 Dr. Kim Dr. Andrew Stein and Dr. Varun Goel, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research “The importance in understanding exposure in clinical drug development”
03/12/15 Spring Break No Colloquium -
03/19/15 Dr. Gatley Kun Qian, PhD Candidate, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern University “Imaging the Mouse Brain with Radiolabeled Anandamide and Related Compounds”
03/26/15 Dr. Amiji Ruchi Shah,PhD Candidate, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern University -
04/02/15 Dr. Amiiji Hussain Attawala, PhD Candidate, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern University -
04/09/15 - RISE -
04/16/15 Dr. Makryiannis Krishna Mallipeddi, PhD Candidate, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern University -
04/23/15 Dr. Torchilin Shravan Sriraman,PhD Candidate, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern University -

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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Upcoming Events

  • 4/10/2015- Networking Session

    On behalf of the NU Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the NU Student Chapter of AAPS, please join us for a fun, informal networking session: Friday, April 10th 5:00 – 7:00 Northeastern University 140 The Fenway, Room 378 This will be the fourth alumni/student/industry friends......

  • PharmSci Showcase

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