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Hovik Gukasyan


Pfizer Senior Principal Scientist, Drug Delivery and Targeting, Pharma- Therapeutics-Pharmaceutical Sciences, La Jolla, CA. In 1999 received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Southern California with an academic minor in Biological Sciences. In 2003 received a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Southern California under the supervision of Prof. Vincent H.L. Lee. Thesis statement studied ocular electrophysiology and drug transport in oxidative inflammatory eye disease models. Publication track includes 21 peer-reviewed papers, 2 book chapters, and 56 abstract presentations as posters or invited talks.

Currently employed as a Senior Principal Scientist, at Pfizer Global R&D, San Diego, CA, within Research Science & Technology support line. Primary area of research lies in the development, characterization and application of novel drug carrier systems (nanotechnology, targeting, and controlled delivery devices) for cancer treatment. Supporting drug discovery and repositioning projects through pre-clinical pharmacokinetic, safety and efficacy experiments.
I am a Lecturer on the faculty of University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, CA, and University of California at San Diego Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, San Diego, CA. I teach courses on Medical Device Materials and Applications, Physical Pharmacy, and Regulatory Sciences to graduate and health professional students.
Areas of research interest are in molecular drug delivery and targeting (oncology), rational design of prodrugs, transmembrane transporters, and ocular therapeutics. Member of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and Tear Film and Ocular Surface society, and serve as a journal reviewer for Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Life Sciences, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Biochemical Pharmacology, Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, and Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

Key Areas of Research:  Drug Delivery and Targeting (Oncology and Specialty Care)

Projects: Tumor targeted nanotechnology for cancer treatment and ocular implants to manage diseases which cause blindness

Favorite Quote: “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” Marie Curie. (French Physicist, twice winner of the Nobel Prize, 1867-1934)

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