November 2, 2021
Pharmaceutical Industry Networking
Erika Culotta ’16Pharm.D.
Senior Clinical Scientist
Bristol Myers Squibb
Dr. Culotta graduated from St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2016. After graduation, she pursued a two-year postdoctoral fellowship specializing in clinical development with St. John’s University and Allergan.
After her fellowship, Dr. Culotta continued at Allergan as a clinical scientist working on psychiatry clinical trials. After three-and-a-half years at Allergan, she joined Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 2020 as a clinical scientist within the immunology group focusing on pediatric clinical trials.
She recently joined Bristol Myers Squibb as a senior clinical scientist within the rheumatology division. Dr. Culotta credits her education and postdoctoral fellowship for the opportunities and experiences she has been given. Outside of work, she enjoys barre classes, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Ana Marija Djordjevic ’16Pharm.D.
Medical Science Liaison, Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Djordjevic is currently a Myeloma/Lymphoma Medical Science Liaison at Bristol Myers Squibb. After graduating from St. John’s University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2016, she completed a one-year fellowship at Haymarket Medical Education in medical affairs. She then joined AstraZeneca as a Senior Medical Information Manager in Oncology in 2017.
After gaining extensive product launch experience and learning different aspects of medical affairs, Dr. Djordjevic moved to her current role as a Medical Science Liaison to gain field medical experience. During her spare time, she enjoys mentoring St. John’s Pharmacy students who are interested in joining the pharmaceutical industry, and has assisted many in securing a fellowship or landing a full-time position postgrad.
Diana Joung ’18Pharm.D.
Global Medical Information Scientist, Oncology
Merck & Co., Inc.
Dr. Joung is a registered pharmacist who graduated from St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2018. Upon graduation, she excelled at medical writing for different pharmaceutical clients at a medical communications agency. After, she joined the largest biotech company in the Pacific Northwest as an associate manager of medical information supporting solid tumors and blood-related cancers.
She currently works as a Global Medical Information Scientist at Merck & Co., Inc., with a focus on women’s cancers. In her current role, Dr. Joung is responsible for developing standard response letters, handling escalated Medical Information inquiries, and reviewing US and global promotional materials.
Matthew Kahn ’19Pharm.D.
Medical Science Liaison
Dr. Kahn is currently a Medical Science Liaison at BioCryst Pharmaceuticals. He works within the US Medical Affairs team with a focus in hereditary angioedema. His major responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with leaders in the field, providing disease state education, gathering insights, planning advisory board meetings, and responding to unsolicited medical information requests.
Prior to this, Dr. Kahn completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Pfizer Inc. in US Medical Affairs –Oncology, supporting the prostate cancer portfolio.
He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University. Prior to graduation, he held a Graduate Assistant position as a tutor in the Academic Success Center. He continues to be actively involved as an alumnus through the College’s mentoring program.
Dr. Kahn has worked as a pharmacy intern at NewYork-Presbyterian. He also has past experience in externships at Bayer within Regulatory Affairs Oncology, Novartis in Medical Information, and the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs.
Iktider Khan ’20Pharm.D.
Medical Science Liaison
Dr. Khan earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University. He is currently the oncology Medical Science Liaison (MSL) at Exact Sciences Corporation, covering the New York City, Connecticut, and Rhode Island territories.
Prior to his MSL role, Dr. Khan completed his postdoctoral fellowship program at Rutgers University in Sanofi Endocrinology. He was a member of the US marketing team throughout his entire fellowship, and assisted the field medical team for a portion of his fellowship, supporting the diabetes portfolio. He was also an adjunct professor at Rutgers and taught pharmacy students.
Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Khan worked at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, and gained additional experience through externships at Bristol Myers Squibb and the US Food and Drug Administration. In his free time, he likes to stay active, and enjoys going to the gym, hiking, as well as playing basketball and flag football.
Veronica Nguyen ’20Pharm.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, US Medical Affairs
Dr. Nguyen is a current second-year industry fellow at GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is originally from Queens, NY, and graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University in 2020.
Dr. Nguyen supported investigator-initiated clinical trials at UNC’s Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics during the first year of her fellowship, and is now with the US Medical Affairs team, Specialty and Pipeline, at GSK. She is also a member of Industry Pharmacists Organization’s National Fellows Council, serving as the lead of their social media and marketing team. In addition to the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Nguyen is passionate about mentorship, development, and inclusion and diversity.