Abhijit Date, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Abhijit Date, Ph.D., M.Pharm.Sc. is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics track and the Director of the Drug Preformulation, Repurposing and Delivery (D-PReD) research laboratory at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, R. K. Coit College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona. He is a drug delivery scientist by training with vast experience in the development and pre-clinical evaluation of conventional and novel drug delivery systems including nanomedicines. He is listed as an inventor on 4 US patents or patent applications. He has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 4 book chapters to his credit. He received the Student Choice Award for Teaching in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii Hilo in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and he was a recipient of the Johns Hopkins Center for Nanomedicine research excellence award in 2016. He serves as the Topic Editor for International Journal of Molecular Sciences and editorial board member of Current Nutraceuticals.

The ongoing projects in the D-PReD research group include 1) drug repurposing and reformulation for the treatment of genital and ocular herpes simplex virus infections 2) drug repurposing and reformulation for the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis, 3) drug repurposing and reformulation for the treatment of systemic and mucosal candidiasis and 4) drug repurposing and reformulation for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia. The D-PReD research group has strong ties with highly reputed collaborators with expertise in virology (University of Illinois Chicago), mycology (University of Minnesota & University of California Los Angeles), and cancer biology (Penn State Cancer Institute) to facilitate the translation of repurposed drugs.

Education & Post Graduate Training: 

Post-doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, 2014

Visiting Research Scholar and Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, 2011

Ph.D. (Tech.), Pharmaceutics, University of Mumbai, 2011

M.Pharm.Sc. Pharmaceutics, University of Mumbai, 2005

B.Pharm.Sc. Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Mumbai, 2002

Areas of Research: 
  • Oral Drug Delivery
  • Ocular Drug Delivery
  • Vaginal Drug Delivery
  • Nanomedicine
  • Self-assembling nanocarriers
  • Ionic Liquids
  • Drug Repurposing
  • Infectious Diseases

Select Publications


Kovarova M, Council OD, Date AA, et al. "Nanoformulations of Rilpivirine for Topical Pericoital and Systemic Coitus-Independent Administration Efficiently Prevent HIV Transmission." PLoS Pathog. 2015;11(8):e1005075. PMCID: PMC4536200  PMID: 26271040


Malkani A, Date AA, Hegde D. "Celecoxib nanosuspension: single-step fabrication using a modified nanoprecipitation method and in vivo evaluation." Drug Deliv Transl Res. 2014;4(4):365-76. PMID: 25787068


Date AA, Destache CJ. "A review of nanotechnological approaches for the prophylaxis of HIV/AIDS." Biomaterials. 2013;34(26):6202-28. PMCID: PMC3761805  PMID: 23726227


Date AA, Shibata A, Goede M, et al. "Development and evaluation of a thermosensitive vaginal gel containing raltegravir+efavirenz loaded nanoparticles for HIV prophylaxis." Antiviral Res. 2012;96(3):430-6. PMCID: PMC3513487  PMID: 23041201


Date AA, Nagarsenker MS, Patere S, et al. "Lecithin-based novel cationic nanocarriers (Leciplex) II: improving therapeutic efficacy of quercetin on oral administration." Mol Pharm. 2011;8(3):716-26. PMID: 21480639