AAPS Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award

AAPS most esteemed award is a lifetime achievement recognizing an individual who has made substantial contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences that have had a lasting impact.

No 2022 Award Recipient

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AAPS Global Leader Award

Recognizing leaders working in pharmaceutical science, technology, engineering, or education whose contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences community have resulted in an outstanding positive impact on education and/or public health.

2022 Award Recipient


James E. Polli, Ph.D., FAAPS
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


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AAPS Distinguished Service Award

Recognizing AAPS members who have contributed significantly and consistently over a long period of time to benefit AAPS in achieving its mission. 

No 2022 Award Recipient

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Dale E. Wurster Research Award in Pharmaceutics 2022 Recipient 


Richard Guy, Ph.D., FAAPS, is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Bath. His current research primarily addresses the assessment and optimization of topical drug bioavailability.

 His principal achievements have been made in the areas of skin barrier function characterization, enhancement of percutaneous absorption, iontophoresis, noninvasive biosensing of blood glucose and other analytes, and the prediction and assessment of skin penetration and topical bioavailability.

Guy received his Doctor of Science degree from the University of Oxford and has served as a National Expert at the European Medicines Agency. He has over 390 peer-reviewed publications.

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Dale E. Wurster Endowment

Dale E. Wurster, Dean Emeritus 

Dale_E__Wurster_Photo.jpgThe Dale E. Wurster Research Award in Pharmaceutics, recognizes individuals who have made significant research contributions to the field of pharmaceutics. This research may be in the areas of physical pharmacy, preformulation, dosage form design, formulation, biopharmaceutics, and/or pharmacokinetics. Supporters hope this $10,000 award, presented every other year, will allow recipients to further their research in this field and promote progress in pharmaceutics. The award, which was created by Wurster, has attracted support from individuals and organizations who recognize Wurster’s scientific contributions as well as his role as a founder of AAPS. You can help support the award, too!

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Alice E. Till Advancement of Women in Pharmaceutical Sciences Recognition

The Alice E. Till Advancement of Women in Pharmaceutical Sciences Recognition celebrates an honors an AAPS member who has contributed significantly to the mentorship, advancement, and/or support of women in the pharmaceutical sciences.

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2022 Recipient

Lynne S. Taylor, Ph.D., FAAPS
Purdue University

Past Recipients

The AAPS Journal High Impact Article Award

Recognizing an article  published in the last two years in The AAPS Journal that is judged exceptional by the Editors for its impact on the pharmaceutical sciences.

Corresponding Author: Tamara Minko, Ph.D., FAAPS

Co-Author: Joydeb Majumder, Ph.D.

Recent Developments on Therapeutic and Diagnostic Approaches for COVID-19

The AAPS Journal, Volume 23. Article number: 14

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AAPS PharmSciTech High Impact Article Award

Recognizing an article published in the last two years in AAPS PharmSciTech that is judged exceptional by the Editors for its impact on pharmaceutical technology. 

Corresponding Author: Tianyuan Fan, Ph.D.

Co-Authors: Di Chen, M.S., Xiang-Yu Xu, B.S., Rui Li, M.S., Gen-Ao Zang, M.S., Yue Zhang, M.S., Ming-Rui Wang, M.S.,  Meng-Fei Xiong, M.S.,  Jia-Rui Xu, M.S., Ting Wang, B.S., Hui Fu, M.S., Qin Hu, M.S., Bin Wu, M.D., Guang-Rong Yan, Ph.D.

Preparation and In vitro Evaluation of FDM 3D-Printed Ellipsoid-Shaped Gastric Floating Tablets with Low Infill Percentages

AAPS PharmSciTech, Volume 21, Article number: 6

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Pharmaceutical Research Meritorious Manuscript Award

Corresponding Author: Ryan F. Donnelly, Ph.D.

Co-Authors: Ana Sara Cordeiro, Ph.D., Ismaiel A. Tekko, Ph.D., Mohamed H. Jomaa, Ph.D., Lalitkumar Vora, Ph.D., Emma McAlister, Ph.D., Fabiana

Volpe-Zanutto, Ph.D., Matthew Nethery, M.Pharm., Paul T. Baine, Ph.D., Neil Mitchell, Ph.D., David W. McNeill, Ph.D.

Two-Photon Polymerisation 3D Printing of Microneedle Array Templates with Versatile Designs: Application in the Development of Polymeric Drug Delivery Systems

Pharmaceutical Research, Volume 37, Article number: 174

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AAPS 2022 Fellows

Each year, AAPS elevates a few members to Fellow status in recognition of their professional excellence and sustained superior impact in the fields relevant to AAPS’ mission: to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health.


David Cipolla, Ph.D., FAAPS


Vibha Jawa, Ph.D., FAAPS
Bristol Myers Squibb


Mario A. González, Ph.D., FCP, FAAPS
P'Kinetics International, Inc.


Amitava Mitra, Ph.D., FAAPS
Kura Oncology


Sanyog Jain, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FAAPS
National Institute of Pharmaceutical and Educational Research Dept of Pharmaceutics, NIPER


Anette Müllertz, Ph.D., FAAPS
University of Copenhagen


Masoud Jamei, Ph.D., FAAPS
Certara UK Ltd


Thomas Rades, Ph.D., FAAPS
University of Copenhagen

AAPS Fellows List

2022 AAPS Emerging Leader Award

Recognizing scientists and pharmaceutical professionals who are early in their careers and who have made a significant the pharmaceutical sciences that promotes pubic health.


Guizhi “Julian” Zhu, Ph.D. 
Virginia Commonwealth University


Past Recipients

2022 AAPS Pharmaceutical Global Health Award

Recognizing AAPS members for their impact on their communities, both in the United States and abroad, through humanitarian work that may or may not involve the pharmaceutical industry, but which does improve public or global health.

2946-002_AwardHeadshots_S-Murthy_1.pngS. Narasimha Murthy, Ph.D., FAAPS
Topical Products Testing LLC

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Special Recognition

2022 AAPS Student Chapter Awards

Recognizing chapters that have provided exceptional service and outreach.
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences AAPS Student Chapter
  • University of Connecticut AAPS Student Chapter

2022 Best Poster Award Recipients

Raja Reddy Kallem

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

A Targeted LC-MS/MS Method for Quantitative Tissue Distribution Analysis (QTDA) of Metabolomics in Tumors using Laser Microdissection

Yi-En Liao

University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill

Modulating Host Response to Sepsis via Pure Anti-inflammatory Heparin-Like Compounds

Zachary Greenberg

University of Florida

An End-to-End Method for AI-Driven Peptide Vaccine Formulation and Translation through Deep Learned Exosome Precision Drug Delivery

2022 Best Abstract Award

2022 Best Abstract Award Recipients

Historical Awards

As AAPS and the pharmaceutical sciences have evolved, so has the AAPS Awards program. Many scientists throughout the organization's history have been recognized for inspiring and exemplary work by awards that AAPS no longer offers. View these awards and recipients here.

Historical Awards Recipients

Awards Committee

Doodipala Samba Reddy, Ph.D., R.Ph., FAAPS (Chair)
Aswani Dutt Vadlapudi, Ph.D.
Yurong Lai, Ph.D., FAAPS (Past Chair)
Oluwatoyin Adeleke, Ph.D. (Member)
Wei Li (Member)
Steven R. Little, Ph.D. (Member)
Gaauri Naik (Member)
Xiaohui Xu, Ph.D. (Member)
Li J. Yu, Ph.D. (Member)
Faye Vazvaei, M.S. (AAPS Board of Directors Liaison)