Abu Serajuddin

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Serajuddin joined St. John’s University in 2008 as a Professor of Industrial Pharmacy after working over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. His previous position in the pharmaceutical industry was as the Executive Director of Pharmaceutical R&D, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., East Hanover, NJ (2002-2008). 

Educational Background

St. John’s University, Queens, NY
Major: Industrial Pharmacy    
Degree: Ph.D. 

Columbia University, New York, NY
Major: Pharmaceutics          
Degree: MS  

Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major: Pharmacy                
Degree: B. Pharm. (Honors) 

Awards & Achievements

AAPS Research Achievement Award - Year: 2010  
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is the largest and most prestigious association of pharmaceutical scientists in the world, and the research achievement award is one of its highest recognitions. 

APhA Fellow Award - Year: 2006   
The American Pharmacists’ Association (APhA) Fellow is one of the highest recognitions of APhA, the largest association of pharmacists in the USA

Novartis Leading Scientist Award - Year: 2005   
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation's Leading Scientist Award is the highest recognition of Novartis for exceptional scientific contribution

AAPS Fellow - Year: 1998   
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is the largest and most prestigious association of pharmaceutical scientists in the world, and Fellow is one of its highest recognitions 

Research Interests and/or Sponsored Projects

  • Pharmaceutical salts
  • Development of poorly water-soluble drug candidates
  • Drug dissolution
  • Novel drug delivery systems
  • Solid dispersions
  • High-energy solids
  • Lipid-based drug delivery
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical processing
  • Melt granulation and melt extrusion

Research Grants from the Pharmaceutical Industry

  • $480,000.00 - for the development of lipid-based drug delivery systems    
  • $150,000.00 -  for the development of high-energy solid forms of poorly water-soluble drugs
  • $200,000.00 – for development of melt extrusion technology
  • $50,000.00 – for general research on drug delivery systems
  • $25,000.00 – for development of osmotic controlled modified release tablets

Publications, Patents & Presentations

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Courses Taught at the University

Undergraduate Courses

  • Pharmaceutics I for Pharm D
  • Pharmaceutics II for Pharm D
  • Calculations for Pharmacy Practice
  • Introduction to Product Development

Graduate Courses

  • Introduction to Industrial Pharmacy 
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Materials 

Professional Career and Achievements

Abu Serajuddin, Ph.D, joined St. John’s University in September 2008 as Professor of Industrial Pharmacy, after working 3 decades in the pharmaceutical industry, in both scientific and managerial positions. He is internationally recognized for his contribution to pharmaceutical sciences, especially in the area of formulation design and development.

After joining the pharmaceutical industry as an Associate Senior Scientist for Revlon Health Care (later part of Aventis through mergers) in 1976, Serajuddin rose to the position of Director/Executive Director and the US Head of Drug Product Development for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in 1999. Later, from 2003 to 2008, he served as the Executive Director of Science, Technology & Outsourcing for the company with the global responsibility of developing pharmaceutical technologies, managing science and technology (Global Head, Science & Technology Forum), and outsourcing pharmaceutical product development and pharmaceutical analysis (US only).

In the pharmaceutical industry, he formulated and developed numerous products, many with extremely difficult and challenging development issues. Several products that he developed or co-developed attained blockbuster status in the market. In recognition of his scientific and professional contributions, he was awarded Fellow status in American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), and American Association of Indian Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAiPS). In 2005, he received the Novartis Leading Scientist Award for extraordinary scientific achievement in research and development and, in 2010, he received the AAPS Research Achievement Award in Formulation Design and Development, which is one of the highest awards given by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).

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Industrial Pharmacy Innovation Laboratory

Contact Information

Abu T. M. Serajuddin
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
St. Albert’s Hall, Room G012
Tel: 718-990-7822 
Fax: 718-990-1877
Email: serajuda@stjohns.edu