American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists


The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is a professional, scientific organization of approximately 10,000 members employed in academia, industry, government, and other research institutes worldwide. Founded in 1986, AAPS advances the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health.

The UNMC-AAPS Student Chapter in the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences aims to foster an inter-professional relationship among students as well as health professionals in the field. This organization offers a platform to connect with people and explore opportunities that enable a strong foundation for a student’s future career goals and helps them navigate through graduate school. Events planned under this proposal shall increase the chances of funding for the UNMC AAPS chapter aiding in organizing events in campus wide basis.

The UNMC-AAPS student chapter members:

Chair: Ningrong Chen
Chair-Elect: Wafaa N. Aldhafiri
Vice Chair: Aayushi Laliwala
Secretary: Paul Lovell
Treasurer: Chinmay Jogdeo
Faculty advisor UNMC-AAPS-SCDr. Paul Trippier

UNMC-AAPS official email address:


UNMC-AAPS student chapter members


Name: Ningrong Chen
Position in the chapter: Chair
Year: 4th
Lab: Dr. Dong Wang
Research: I am working on macromolecular prodrug application in the field of inflammatory disease and chronic pain relief.
Vision for AAPS: I hope my enthusiasm could help develop our chapter into an active organization serving all students in our program. 


Name: Wafaa N. Aldhafiri
Position in chapter: Chair-elect
Year: 1st
Lab: Dr. DJ Murry
Research: Pharmacokinetic Pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) Modeling & Simulation 
Vision for AAPS: My vision is to create an opportunity for other students to build professional relationships and network through planning social events and professional meetings.


Name: Aayushi Laliwala
Position in chapter: Vice-Chair
Year: 2nd
Lab: Dr. Aaron Mohs
Research: Biosensors for bacteria identification  
Vision for AAPS: Provide a platform for professional development for pharmaceutical sciences graduate students.  


Name: Paul Lovell
Position in chapter: Secretary
Year: 4th
Lab: Dr. Aaron Mohs
Research: Delivery of nerve imaging probes to decrease nerve damage during surgery and development of fluorescent imaging platforms. 
Vision for AAPS: I would like to help provide a platform for students to enhance networking and resource opportunities for advancements as graduate students and future career goals.


Name: Chinmay Jogdeo
Position in Chapter: Treasurer
Year: 2nd
Lab: Dr. David Oupicky
Research: Development of targeted polymer-based delivery systems for Acute Kidney Injury 
Vision for AAPS: Provide a platform to the students for personal and professional development and develop a strong professional network to bridge the gap between academia and industry.