Mercer was well represented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists in San Diego, Calif. Pharmacy faculty member and researcher Ajay K. Banga, Ph.D., was honored, and faculty and graduate students made 18 scientific presentations at the national meeting.
Dr. Ajay K. Banga
Banga, professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has been elected to Fellowship status by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. The national association confers the honor of Fellow to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions that elevate the stature of the pharmaceutical sciences and for professional excellence in the field relevant to the mission of the association. Banga was formally recognized at the awards ceremony of the Opening Session on Nov. 11.
His nomination, which was supported by letters from AAPS Fellows who are recognized experts in drug delivery, stated, “Undoubtedly, Dr. Banga [has] attained international recognition as a leader in transdermal drug delivery (delivery of drugs via a skin patch), and his laboratory is one of the very few in the world with such expertise and recognition.”
In his research, Banga focuses on non-traditional methods of transdermal delivery, such as the use of a small electric field to push charged drug molecules through the skin, including insulin, monoclonal antibodies or vaccines, or other approaches, such as the microneedles that dissolve in the skin and thus provide a safe and minimally invasive technique for creating micropores in the skin through which large drug molecules like monoclonal antibodies or vaccines can be delivered.
His laboratory, which includes 11 Ph.D. students, a post-doctoral fellow and a research coordinator, has received more than 50 grants and contracts from industry to date. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of two companies and as a consultant to several companies. He serves as editor in chief of the journal Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems and is a member of editorial boards for three other journals. He has been a referee for more than 28 journals.
He is the author of two books, Therapeutic Peptides and Proteins: Formulation, Processing, and Delivery Systems, Second Edition and Electrically Assisted Transdermal and Topical Drug Delivery, which are widely used reference texts in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry.
Banga joined Mercer in 1999, after serving eight years on the faculty of Auburn University. At Mercer, he has been recognized for excellence as a researcher and educator.
He has also worked at Bausch & Lomb in Rochester, N.Y., and Ranbaxy Labs Ltd. in New Delhi, India. With a bachelor’s in pharmacy and a master’s in pharmaceutics from the University of Delhi, India, he holds a master of science degree in pharmaceutics from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University, N.J.
The Mercer faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellow, and collaborators who made scientific presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists were:
1. “Antisense Oligonucleotides to Nf-kB Microspheres: Formulation, Physico-Chemical Characterization & its Effect on Cytokine Production, Inhibition of Nf-kB Activation & Kidney Survival in a Kidney Transplant Model.” S.G. Gayakwad, C. Oettinger and M.J. D’Souza.
2. “A novel one step process of preparing nanospheres using a spray dryer.” S.G. Gayakwad, N.J. Patel and M.J. D’Souza.
3. “Encapsulation and Stabilization of IgG into Spray-Dried Albumin Microspheres.” N.J. Patel, S.G. Gayakwad, J. Johnson, J.J. Yang, and M.J. D’Souza.
4. “Evaluation of Tetracaine Microsphere formulations.” R. Addo, A. Siddig, M.J. D’Souza.
5. “Evaluation of albumin microspheres as potential delivery vehicles for oral tuberculosis vaccines.” G. K. Yeboah and M. J. D’Souza.
6. “Formulation and characterization of chemically cross-linked albumin-chitosan mixed matrix microparticulate systems.” K.I. Cotta, and M.J. D’Souza
7. “Evaluation of the efficiency of probiotic microspheres.” K.I. Cotta and M.J. D’Souza
8. “Effect of microencapsulated catalase formulations on in-vitro pre-inflammatory effect of microencapsulated catalase formulations on in-vitro pro-inflammatory cytokine and nitrate release.” R.C. Siwale, A. Siddig, C. Oettinger, D. Harrison, and M.J. D’Souza.
9. “Evaluation of the effect of microenapsulated anti-sense oligonucleotides to NF-kB on tumor development and progression.” J.M. Akande, A. Siddig, R.T. Addo, N. Akhavein, C. Oettinger and M.J. D’Souza.
10. “Evaluation of stability of model proteins in solution using its zeta potential and osmotic second virial coefficient.” Dilip Devineni, Daniel Ezekwudo and Ravi Palaniappan.
11. “Development and characterization of Functionalized Biodegradable hydrogel-b-PEG copolymer as drug delivery device for in-vivo targeting.” Daniel Ezekwudo, Dilip Devineni and Ravi Palaniappan.
12. “Influence of lubricants and moisture treatment on beta-cyclodextrin-based fast-disintegrating tablet formulation.” S. Late, and A.K. Banga
13. “In vitro and In vivo iontophoretic delivery of SLV 318 across hairless rat skin.” V.Vemulapalli, Y.Yang, S.Siddoju, R.Conjeevaram, T.Myers, H.Teunissen, and A.K. Banga
14. “In vivo iontophoretic delivery of salmon calcitonin across microporated skin”
V. Vemulapalli, H. Kim, S.P. Davis, P.M. Friden, and A.K. Banga
15. “Lateral diffusion of drugs inside skin as determined by microdialysis.” S. Siddoju, V. Vemulapalli, P.M. Friden, and A.K. Banga
16. “Systemic delivery of sumatriptan by iontophoresis in hairless rats.” P. Kasha, Y. Yang, R. Morris, C. Anderson, W. Sembrowich, and A.K. Banga
17. “Transdermal delivery of low molecular weight heparin using combination of
microneedles and iontophoresis.” S.S.S. Lanke, C.S.Kolli, G. Li, J.G. Strom, and A.K. Banga
18. “Stability of triptorelin during transdermal transport.” S. Saluja, J. Paturi, C.S. Kolli, A.V. Badkar, S. Nema, and A.K. Banga