The Team

THE TEAM

  • Fotios Plakogiannis, Ph.D.

     Managing Partner

    Dr. Plakogiannis served as a professor in the Arnold & Marine Schwartz College of Pharmacy at Long Island University for over 45 years and for 25 years was the Director of the Division of Pharmaceutical sciences of the college. He was instrumental in establishing the Scientific Graduate Division (MS and Ph.D. program) and was the recipient of the TASA award for lifetime achievement at LIU, Founder Award, etc. among other prestigious awards. Dr. Plakogiannis has authored three books and more than 100 research papers with the majority in the area of Transdermal Delivery. He has mentored more than 200 MS and Ph.D. degrees, served as chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Basic Pharmaceutical section, and has presented his work in the USA and Europe. Dr. Plakogiannis has been a visiting professor at a number of universities, including but not limited to Kentucky University and the University of Arizona. In addition, he has served as a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry and has served as an expert witness in a number of cases. Dr. Plakogiannis holds a diploma from University of Athens (Greece), a Master degree from Ohio State University and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Southern California.

  • Rodoula Plakogiannis, PharmD

    Director of Clinical Research

    Dr. Plakogiannis has been Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy Since 2002, and Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center since 2011. She received both her bachelor of science in pharmacy and traditional Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Dr. Plakogiannis completed an ASHP-accredited specialized pharmacy residency in primary care at the Bay Pines Veterans Medical Center in Tampa, FL. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, a Diplomat and Fellow of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology, and a Board Certified Clinical Lipid Specialist. She serves as one of the Board Director for the Northeastern Lipid Association and on the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology's Board of Governors. She also serves as the Adverse Drug Reaction section Editor for the Journal of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Plakogiannis has presented on a national level in addition to local seminars and has been invited to serve as a consultant at the Aegerion and Amarin Lipid Pharmaceuticals Advisory Board meetings, among others, Dr. Plakogiannis holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Long Island University.

  • Nisarg Modi, Ph.D.

    Director of Research & Development

    Dr. Modi is a Director of R&D at Transdermal Research Pharm Laboratories, LLC. Dr. Modi completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Sardar Patel University, India and   received M.S. and Ph.D. from the division of Pharmaceutical Science at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. Dr. Modi has expertise in developing transdermal drug delivery systems for new chemical entities (NCE) and approved drug products through 505 (b)2 pathway with successful clinical trials. He has more than 10 years of experience in controlled release product development with a strong emphasis on multiple day transdermal drug delivery system. His work in transdermal drug delivery resulted in number of patents. Prior to joining TRPL, he volunteered at High Throughput Screening (HTS) core-facility of Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center to determine the solubility of HTS library compounds using novel Nephelometry technique. He acquired solid dosage formulation development and manufacturing experience by working at Apex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Torrent Pharmaceutical Ltd. and Lincoln Pharmaceutical Ltd.

  • Marina Brovinskaya, Ph.D.

    Associate Director

    Dr. Marina Borovinskaya is a scientist with over 10 years of laboratory and research experience in pharmaceutical science field. Graduated from Long Island University with Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science in the area of Transdermal Drug Delivery. Before joining TRPL where she currently is holding a position of assistant director Dr. M. Borovinskaya was a part of formulation team in R&D department in Sigmapharm Laboratories which have been engaged in development, manufacturing and marketing of unique generic and brand products. Dr. M. Borovinskaya has an extensive experience in formulation design and development of unique drugs via transdermal patches. 

  • Dr. Yuliya Levintova, Ph.D

     Senior Scientist

    Dr. Yuliya Levintova is a Senior Scientist at Transdermal Research Laboratories, LLC. Completed Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science from the Division of Pharmaceutical Science at Long Island University in the area of Transdermal Drug Delivery. Prior to joining TRPL, Dr. Levintova had about 10 years of experience in generic pharmaceutical industry. She was a part of the formulation team at Hi-Tech Pharmacal and Manager of Product Development at Saptalis Pharmaceuticals, LLC. She accomplished hands-on R&D experience with broad development/innovation in prescription products. Pharmaceutical expertise in product/process development including formulation of semisolid dosage forms (as gels, creams, ointments and pastes), oral liquid formulations (suspensions, solutions) as well as nasal and ophthalmic dosage forms (solutions, gel-forming solutions and suspensions). Dr. Levintova has strong skills in team leadership, effective communication, product lifecycle management and cross-functional collaboration.

  • Don McAfee, Ph.D.

    Consultant

    Dr. Donald McAfee has been a scientist and manager in academia and industry for more than 40 years. His undergraduate studies were at the University of Chicago and Portland State University, and he earned his PhD at the University of Oregon School of Medicine (OHSU) in Physiology. He did his postdoctoral studies at Yale University under Dr. Paul Greengard, Nobel Laureate. During a long academic career researching ion channel pharmacology and biophysics in excitable tissues at Yale University, University of Miami, Beckman Research Institute, and the University of British Columbia, he published more than 100 scientific papers. Dr. McAfee has served as an executive in many pharmaceutical companies before founding his own company (Discovery Therapeutics) to lead the development of Neupro™, a transdermal patch-currently the second highest grossing transdermal patch in US market.

  • Tammana Lather, M.S.

     Research Scientist

    Tamanna Lather is working as a Research Scientist in Transdermal Research Pharm Laboratories. She received her B.S. Pharmacy and  Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs from India, M.S. Pharmaceutics with specialization in transdermal drug delivery from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University, USA. During her masters she was selected as a scholar in Rho Chi Society. She has 7 years of research and development experience in Transdermal drug Delivery. She is co-author of patent applications. Her work in transdermal drug delivery development successfully reached to animal studies and proof of concept clinical trials. She has strong analytical and quantitative skills, her inquisitiveness and determination drives her to contribute for Transdermal Delivery Development. 

  • Dr. Arvind Bagde, Ph.D.

    Resarch Scientist

    Arvind Bagde received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy (B.Pharm.) and master’s degree (M.Pharm.) from Nagpur University (Maharashtra, India) in 2009 and 2011 respectively. In 2019, he got the Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutics) from Florida A&M University (Fl, USA). He then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Florida A&M University, FL, USA. Presently, he is working as a Research scientist at Transdermal Research Pharm Laboratories LLC (TRPL). He was awarded with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Junior Research Fellowship to pursue master’s Program in Pharmacy (M. Pharm.) in India. During his Ph.D. he has received various awards including Formulation design and development (FDD) Section travelship award for the poster presentation at prestigious American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) 2016 conference. He was also awarded with best presentation award and second prize in 3MT in Student appreciation week at Florida A&M University, Fl, USA in the year 2018 and 2019 respectively. During his Ph.D. he has published more than 10 research articles, 1 review article and presented more than 12 posters in various national, international and state conferences. He has also filed two provisional patents during his Ph.D. and postdoctoral research associate.

    He was also selected in a student spotlight section in AAPS Dermatopharmaceutics Focus Group (DFG) newsletter, Issue 12, April 2017. He was a student representative for Dermatopharmaceutics Focus Group (DFG), and Modified release focus group (MRFG)-AAPS. He was a chair elect and chair in AAPS student chapter at Florida A&M University for 2017 and 2018 academic year respectively. He is also a part of member engagement management team of AAPS topical and transdermal community.

  • Constantina Drakontis, M.S.

     Research Scientist

    Constantina Drakontis obtained her undergraduate degree at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (2018). She went on to Manhattan College for her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (2020), with a concentration in Cosmetic Engineering. There, she conducted her main research on sustainable formulations and biosurfactants. Her publications for the International Journal of Cosmetic Science and the Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science regard sustainable color cosmetics formulations, powder rheometry, and biosurfactants. Her research has also been presented at multiple conferences, such as AIChE, ACS, SCC, ECCP, NCS. At TRPL she works as a Research Scientist, developing topical and transdermal dosage forms, formulating, performing in-vitro testing, and sample analysis alongside other duties and responsibilities.

  • Socratis Georgiou

    Administrative Assistant 

    Socratis Georgiou joins TRPL with a diverse experience and broad exposure to different industries. Having lived in London and Cyprus has worked in various industries including the Military, Police, IT and Hotel business. Moved to NYC 20 years ago attending DeVry College majoring in IT Network management and is A+ Certified by CompTia. In NYC he also has successfully managed Top Restaurants like "Avra" and "Gallagher's" Steak House as well as working with Douglas Elliman as a Licensed Real Estate Agent.

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