Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Amiji received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Northeastern University in 1988 and his PhD in pharmaceutics from Purdue University in 1992. His areas of specialization include polymeric biomaterials, advanced drug delivery systems, and nanomedical technologies.
Dr. Amiji’s research interests include synthesis of novel polymeric materials for medical and pharmaceutical applications; surface modification of cationic polymers by the complexation-interpenetration method to develop biocompatible materials; preparation and characterization of polymeric membranes and microcapsules with controlled permeability properties for medical and pharmaceutical applications; target-specific drug and vaccine delivery systems for gastrointestinal tract infections; localized delivery of cytotoxic and anti-angiogenic drugs for solid tumors in novel biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles intracellular delivery systems for drugs and genes using target-specific, long-circulating, biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles; gold and iron-gold core-shell nanoparticles for biosensing, imaging and delivery applications. His research has received sustained funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), foundations, and local industries.
Dr. Amiji is currently Professor and Associate Chairman of Pharmaceutical Sciences Department and Co-Director of Northeastern University Nanomedicine Education and Research Consortium (NERC). NERC oversees a doctoral training grant in Nanomedicine Science and Technology that was co-funded by the NIH and NSF. He has three published books, Applied Physical Pharmacy (McGraw-Hill, 2003), and Polymeric Gene Delivery: Principles and Applications (CRC Press, 2005), and Nanotechnology for Cancer Therapy (CRC Press, 2007) along with over 150 book chapters, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and abstract publications. Dr. Amiji has received a number of awards including the 2006 NSTI Award for Outstanding Contributions towards the Advancement of Nanotechnology, Microtechnology, and Biotechnology and 2007 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientist’s Meritorious Manuscript Award.
Dr. Amiji has supervised research efforts of over 50 post-doctoral associates, doctoral and master’s level graduate students, and undergraduate honors students over the last 14 years. His teaching responsibilities are in Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program and graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biotechnology, and Nanomedicine.
Co-chairing the special symposium on Nanotechnology for Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment.Teaching the Nanotechnology for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment course in the Nano Industrial Impact Workshop on Sunday May 7, 2006.