Jelena M. Janjic, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics
Mylan School of Pharmacy
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Education:Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences/Medicinal Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
Dipl.Farm., Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 1998
2009-present: Assistant Professor, Mylan School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
2009-2011: Visiting Scientist, Deptartment of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2008-2009: Director of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (part time), Celsense Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
2006-2008: Senior Research Scientist (part time), Celsense Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
2006-2009: Research Biologist (full time), Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2005-2006: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Scripps Florida, Jupiter, FL, USA
2001-2005: Teaching Fellow, School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2000-2001: Research Specialist, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1999-2000: Retail Pharmacist, Labud-Pharmacy, Belgrade, S.R. Yugoslavia
1998-1999: Pharmacist-Administrator, National Reserves of the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade, S.R. Yugoslavia
My current research is in two broad areas: cancer research and chronic pain. In both areas my laboratory seeks to develop and produce smart theranostic agents, nanoreagents which can deliver drugs to specific diseased tissues, image the disease state and therapeutic response, and provide feedback to the practitioner supporting the personalized medical treatment.
Theranostics, nanoparticles that provide diagnostic and therapeutic modality, are an emerging field in which chemists and engineers typically work. However, the pharmaceutics aspects of the theranostics development are not as commonly addressed.
As a trained pharmacist and medicinal chemist with six years of pharmaceutics experience in perfluorocarbons for biomedical purposes, I am interested in rational design of theranostic nanoparticles. My laboratory approaches the design of theranostics from chemical, biological, engineering and pharmaceutical perspective, which puts us in a unique position to strive for bringing theranostics to the clinic.
One of the less often addressed problems is scale up of the theranostics. We believe that theranostics can be designed with strong biological data input in such a way that their production becomes fully scalable and cost effective.
2011-2012 Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Interface Seed Grant Fund 2012
Acute to Chronic Pain Transition in Postsurgical Recovery: Combined input from immune system and peripheral nervous system ($100,000)
Partnering Principal Investigators: Jelena. M. Janjic, Ph.D., and John Pollock, Ph.D.
2011-2013 Pennsylvania State Health Formula Research Grants Program (C.U.R.E. Award)
From Insoluble Perfluorocarbon Oils to Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Breast Cancer Imaging and Treatment ($58,045)
Role: Principal Investigator
2011-2014 NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (1R15AI081218-01A2)
Non-viral Genetic Modification of Antigen-presenting Cells in Allografts ($357,100)
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Wilson Meng)
2010-2012 Faculty Development Funds Award from Duquesne University
Perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions for simultaneous delivery of COX2 inhibitor and antiproliferative agent to breast tumors ($9,968)
Role: Principal Investigator
Janjic, J.M., Ahrens, E.T. 'Fluoropolymer compositions and methods for producing cellular labels for nuclear magnetic resonance techniques' PCT Int. Appl. 2009, WO 2009009105 A2 20090115
Ahrens, E.T.; Janjic, J.M. Emulsions containing perfluoro ethers for NMR techniques and other applications' PCT Int. Appl. 2009, WO 2009134435
Peer Reviewed (2006 - Present)
O-Hanlon, C.E.; Amede, K.G.; O-Hear, M.R.; Janjic, J.M. NIR-labeled perfluoropolyether nanoemulsions for drug delivery and imaging Journal of Fluorine Chemistry Feb 2012, J. Fluorine Chem. 2012, 137, 27-33
Hitchens,T.K.; Ye, Q.; Eytan, D.F.; Janjic, J.M.; Ahrens,E.T.; Ho, C. 19F MRI detection of acute allograft rejection with in vivo perfluorocarbon labeling of immune cells Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2011, 65, 1144-1153
Kadayakkara, D.K.K.; Janjic, J.M.; Pusateri, L.K.; Young, W.B.; Ahrens, E.T. In vivo observation of intracellular oximetry in perfluorocarbon-labeled glioma cells and chemotherapeutic response in the CNS using fluorine-19 MRI Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2010, 64,1252-1259
Helfer, B.; Balducci, A.; Nelson, A.; Janjic, J.M.; Gil, R.R.; Kalinski, P.; M. de Vries, J.; Ahrens, E.T.; Mailliard, R. Functional assessment of human dendritic cells labeled for in vivo 19F MRI cell tracking Cytotherapy 2010, 12, 238-250.
Kadayakkara, D.K.K.; Beatty, P; Janjic, J.M.; Turner, M.; Ahrens, E.; Finn, O. Inflammation driven overexpression of the hypoglycosylated abnormal MUC1 links inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and pancreatitis Pancreas 2010, 39, 510-515
Srinivas, M.; Turner, MS; Janjic, J.M.; Morel, P.A.; Laidlaw, D.H.; Ahrens, E.T. In vivo cytometry of antigen specific T-cells using 19F MRI Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2009, 62, 747-753
Janjic, J.M.; Ahrens, E.T. Fluorine-containing nanospheres for MRI Advanced Reviews, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, September/October 2009, 1, 492-501
Janjic, J.M.; Srinivas, M.; Kadayakkara, D.K.K.; Ahrens, E.T. Self-delivering nanoemulsions for dual fluorine-19 MRI and fluorescence detection, Journal of American Chemical Society 2008, 130, 2832-2413.
Sarachine, M.J.; Janjic, J.M.; Wipf, P; Day, B.W. Biphenyl C-cyclopropylalkylamides as new scaffolds for targeting estrogen receptor β Molecular Pharmacology, Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry Letters 2009, 19, 2404-2408.
Wipf, P.; Gong, H.; Janjic, J.M.; Li, S.; Day, B.W.; Xie, W. New Opportunities for Pregnane X Receptor (PXR) Targeting in Drug Development. Lessons from Enantio- and Species-Specific PXR Ligands Identified from A Discovery Library of Amino Acid Analogues Mini Rev Med Chem. 2007, 7, 617-625
- GPSC 501 Pharmaceutical Unit Operations and Formulation (1 credit/team taught)-formulation of liquids and semisolids
- GPSC 513 Principles of Drug Action, Design, and Delivery (1 credit/team taught/course master) - medicinal chemistry section and drug discovery (3 times)
- GPSC 617 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (1 credit/team taught) - design of imaging reagents (once)
- GPSC 619 Drug Delivery Systems (1 credit/team taught) - drug delivery vehicle design and targeting, focus on cancer therapeutics (once)
- PHBM 355 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology I (1 credit/team taught) - chemistry of life, basic biochemical topics in genetics and pharmacogenetics, genetic diseases
Weekend Pharm.D. Pathway
- BMST 426-71 Biomedical Sciences & Therapeutics: Infectious Disease (2 credits/team taught) - medicinal chemistry of infectious disease drugs
- BMST 425-71 Biomedical Sciences & Therapeutics: Endocrine/Nutrition (1 credit/team taught) - medicinal chemistry of steroid and hormonal drugs