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Dr. Rohan Vijayanand Pai

Dr. Rohan Vijayanand Pai

Assistant Professor

Specialization : Pharmaceutics
M. Pharm., Ph.D. (Tech.)

E mail : rohan.pai@nmims.edu

Phone :022-42332000 (Extn - 2093)

Experience : 1.9 years (Industry – 1.8 years, Academics – 0.1 years)

He has completed his Ph.D. (Tech.) in Pharmaceutics from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, where he worked on the development of novel drug delivery systems for ophthalmic applications using computer-aided approaches. A part of his research dealt with applying computational methods to streamline the process of screening materials and systematically designing nanocarrier based drug delivery systems.

Previously, he was employed for around two years in the Formulation and Development (F & D) department of Rubicon Research Pvt. Ltd. as a Research Officer, where he was actively involved in the development and evaluation of an in-house developed polymer and a polymeric delivery system based on their platform technology.

His interest lies in exploring interdisciplinary knowledge from different areas of applied science and utilizing them in drug delivery applications.


Interest areas:

·Nano Delivery Systems - Formulation and characterization aspects of Nanostructured Lipid Carriers, Microparticles, and Liposomes.

·Formulation Development - Formulation aspects of Ophthalmic, Pulmonary, Intranasal, Mucoadhesive, and Gastroretentive delivery systems.

·Computer-Aided Formulation Development - Simulations and screening using Schrodinger’s Drug Discovery and Material Science Suite, Biovia’s Materials Studio.

·Advanced characterization techniques.

·In Silico approaches in formulation development.



·Publications - 6 (International - 6, National - 0)

·Presentations - 6 (International - 1, National - 5)

Conferences/Workshops/Seminars attended – 15



·Best Preclinical Research Paper Award – 2019 awarded for the Research paper titled "Exploring molecular dynamics simulation to predict binding with ocular mucin: An in silico approach for screening mucoadhesive materials for ocular retentive delivery systems” at the National Workshop on Animal Pharmacology and Toxicological Studies (APTS 2019) organized by Baptala College of Pharmacy on 27-28thDecember 2019.

·Awarded UGC-SAP JRF and SRF fellowships for Ph.D. (Tech) specialization in Pharmaceutics at the Institute of Chemical Technology during 2014-2019.

·Awarded 2ndplace for a poster titled "Chitosan Based Microparticles For Inhalation Delivery of Rifampicin and Rifabutin” at the 5th Symposium on Nasal & Pulmonary Drug Delivery, Mumbai, November 2011.

·Recipient of UGC JRF fellowship for M.Pharm. specialization in Pharmaceutics at Bombay College of Pharmacy during 2009-2011.

·Awarded 2ndplace for an oral presentation on "Novel Methods for Emulsification of Paints” at the Young Innovators Choice Competition by the Technological Association of the University Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, in 2010.


Professional Memberships

·Registered Pharmacist, Pharmacy Council of India (Maharashtra State Branch; Registration No. 125451)

·Life Member of UDCT Alumni Association (UAA, ICT), Mumbai, India


Recent Publications

  1. Pai, Rohan V., and Pradeep R. Vavia, ‘Chitosan Oligosaccharide Enhances Binding of Nanostructured Lipid Carriers to Ocular Mucins: Effect on Ocular Disposition’, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 577 (2020), 119095.
  2. Pai, Rohan V., Jasmin D. Monpara, and Pradeep R. Vavia, ‘Exploring Molecular Dynamics Simulation to Predict Binding with Ocular Mucin: An in Silico Approach for Screening Mucoadhesive Materials for Ocular Retentive Delivery Systems’, Journal of Controlled Release, 309. July (2019), 190–202.
  3. Shevalkar, Ganesh, Rohan Pai, and Pradeep Vavia, ‘Nanostructured Lipid Carrier of Propofol: A Promising Alternative to Marketed Soybean Oil–Based Nanoemulsion’, AAPS PharmSciTech, 20.5 (2019), 201.
  4. Ingle, Subhash G., Rohan V. Pai, Jasmin D. Monpara, and Pradeep R. Vavia, ‘Liposils: An Effective Strategy for Stabilizing Paclitaxel Loaded Liposomes by Surface Coating with Silica’, European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 122 (2018), 51–63.
  5. Wavikar, Preeti, Rohan Pai, and Pradeep Vavia, ‘Nose to Brain Delivery of Rivastigmine by in Situ Gelling Cationic Nanostructured Lipid Carriers: Enhanced Brain Distribution and Pharmacodynamics’, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 106.12 (2017), 3613–22.


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