Abhijit Date

Abhijit Date

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.

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

Areas of Research

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


  • 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