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Vivek S. Dave

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: WEGPHR 335
Phone: (585) 385-5297
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.S., Bharati Vidyapeeth University, India
B.S., University of Pune, India

Dave Vivek

Dr. Dave received his B.S. in pharmacy with distinction from University of Pune, India in 2000 and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India in 2002. After completion of his Master’s degree Dr. Dave joined Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, India as a Junior Research Fellow. He was involved in a project related to the development and evaluation of anti-arthritis formulations, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Later he worked with Lupin Pharmaceutical Pvt. Ltd. as a Research Associate.

In 2004, Dr. Dave moved on to pursue Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. During his Ph.D. Dr. Dave worked on several research projects including, formulation of extended-release matrix tablets via roller-compaction, pre-formulation studies on common pharmaceutical excipients, near-infrared imaging studies to model properties of roller-compacted excipients, chemometric analysis and development of prediction models with NIR spectroscopy for evaluating functional attributes of extended-release tablet matrices. His research was published in several renowned peer-reviewed scientific journals like International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy etc. The research was also regularly presented at several professional conferences such as AAPS. While pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Dave co-authored a chapter on tablet compression and compaction in a widely used reference book.

After graduation in 2009, Dr. Dave accepted a position at Lubrizol Corporation, a specialty chemical company manufacturing pharmaceutical excipients. His role at Lubrizol was to identify, plan and execute research projects that contribute towards understanding and developing applications for carbomer polymers in pharmaceutical dosage forms.

At St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Dr. Dave is the course coordinator and co-teaches Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He also co-teaches Pharmaceutics and Applied Pharmaceutics. His primary areas of research interests include, excipient characterization (physical, chemical and mechanical), pre-formulation and formulation aspects of extended-release oral-solid dosage forms and the use of near-infrared spectroscopy as a Process Analytical Technology (PAT) tool in the Quality by Design (QbD) paradigm.

Dr. Dave also serves as an invited peer reviewer for several scientific journals including Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy etc. He is also a member of AAPS, CRS and ACS. Over the years, Dr. Dave is the recipient of several awards and recognitions including, Rho-Chi Honor Society membership, Graduate Student of the month, Best poster presentation and multiple travel awards.


  • H. Lim, V. Dave, L. Kidder, N. Lewis, R. Fahmy and S. W. Hoag," Assessment of the critical factors affecting the porosity of roller compacted ribbons and the feasibility of using NIR chemical imaging to evaluate the porosity distribution," International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 410:1-8 (2011).
  • Dave, V. S., Hoag S. W., ‘Investigation of the physical-mechanical properties of Eudragit® RS PO / RL PO and their mixtures with common pharmaceutical excipients’, Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, September 20, 2012 (Epub ahead of print).
  • Dave, V. S., Fahmy R.M., Bensley D., Hoag S. W., ‘Eudragit® RS PO / RL PO as rate-controlling matrix-formers via roller-compaction: Influence of formulation factors and process parameters on functional attributes of granules and tablets’, Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, 2012 Oct; 38 (10):1240-53.

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