Dr. Amiji is currently the Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department and Co-Director of Northeastern University Nanomedicine Education and Research Consortium (NERC) at Northeastern University. NERC oversees a doctoral training grant in Nanomedicine Science and Technology that was co-funded by the NIH and NSF.
Dr. Amiji received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Northeastern University in 1988 and his PhD in pharmaceutics from Purdue University in 1992. His current 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 over $15 million in sustained funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), private foundations, and industries.
Dr. Amiji teaches in the professional pharmacy program and in the graduate programs of Pharmaceutical Science, Biotechnology, and Nanomedicine. He has supervised research efforts of over 50 post-doctoral associates, both PhD and MS graduate students, and undergraduate honors students over his career. He has published four books: Applied Physical Pharmacy (McGraw-Hill, 2003), Polymeric Gene Delivery: Principles and Applications (Taylor & Francis, 2005), Nanotechnology for Cancer Therapy (Taylor & Francis, 2007), and Handbook of Materials for Nanomedicine (Pan Stanford Publishing, 2010) along with over 200 published book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and conference proceedings. 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 the 2007 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientist’s Meritorious Manuscript Award.