College of Pharmacy


Xiaowei Dong, PhD, PI


I have received a BS in Industrial Analysis from Sichuan Institute of Light Industry and Chemical Technology, a MS in Applied Chemistry from East China University of Science and Technology, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kentucky. Prior to my current position, I have worked as a lead formulator for drug development at Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation for four years.

Brijesh Shah, PhD


Dr. Shad received his Ph.D. in Drug Delivery, Pharmaceutical Technology in 2017 from the Nirma University at Ahmedabad, India where his research was focused on the brain targeting of colloidal carriers via intranasal route. Thereafter, he had worked for three years in the Nasal and Respiratory formulation & development department at Cipla Ltd., Mumbai, India for generic and novel product development. He joined Dr. Dong’s lab in November 2020.

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Jaylen Man, PhD


Jaylen is a GSBS student who began working in the Dong lab in 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where is majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. At UTC, Jaylen gained experience researching plant polyamine extraction and chromatographic analysis. From there he expanded his research experience with an international research internship at the University of Cádiz, in Spain. In our lab, Jaylen’s initial research project has primarily focused on physicochemical characterization of specific drug formulations using the novel ISNP technology first developed by Dr. Dong in 2015. In the future his research has room to expand into formulation modeling and development with a focus on PK/PD optimization.

Ngoc Thao Duyen (Vivian) Nguyen

Research Assistant

Vivian is currently a senior chemistry student at the University of North Texas. She studied in Dr. Dong’s lab as a research intern in the SMAET program in 2019 summer. Later, she joined Dr. Dong’s lab as a part-time research assistant. Her current research focuses on the effect of the chemical structure of lipids on the formation of in situ self-assembly nanoparticles.