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RiSE Alumna and Rutgers PhD Krizia Karry Launches Career in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Krizia M. Karry, a 2015 PhD from the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, got her first look at Rutgers as an undergraduate Scholar in the RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) at Rutgers summer program in 2008. Her RiSE experience inspired her to return to Rutgers to pursue a PhD. Her thesis, under the guidance of Professors Bozena Michniak-Kohn and Fernando Muzzio, focused on the development and optimization of flexible continuous manufacturing platforms for delivery of poorly-soluble drugs. Her innovative work, which spans chemistry, biology, pharmaceutics, engineering, and mathematics exemplifies the cutting-edge interdisciplinary opportunities at Rutgers. Krizia also has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having worked for several years as a consultant in the area of process analytical technology (PAT) and chemometrics.

Krizia attributes her educational and subsequent professional success to her participation in RiSE. As an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico, she had considered joining the workforce soon after college graduation, but her summer at Rutgers made her change her perception about graduate school. “Initially, I wasn’t sure if graduate school was for me or if it aligned with where I wanted my career to head. However, the seminars I attended as part of RiSE and further interaction with alumni proved valuable in understanding the importance of graduate studies and in facilitating my transition to graduate school.”

In 2011, Krizia joined Rutgers-New Brunswick as a graduate student, sponsored by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems. “Rutgers has everything a graduate student would want: world-class faculty, one of the world's largest academic research groups focused on pharmaceutical engineering and manufacturing, and it’s housed in the pharma-hub that is New Jersey.” After earning her PhD, Krizia handed over her role as a Project Coordinator, a position that she says “enabled me to practice my project management skills.”

“Rutgers has exceeded my expectations. I feel prepared for my next career step both academically, professionally, and in soft skills – it has been a holistic training”. During her stay, Krizia completed an internship at Pfizer Inc. and has presented at numerous conferences including the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS), International Forum on Process Analytical Chemistry (IFPAC), Excipient Fest and AAPS, and has won awards for her research presentations and advanced mathematical models. Krizia has coauthored several book chapters and scientific articles on process engineering and control, implementation and validation of PAT tools for real-time process monitoring, and novel techniques for drug delivery.

After successfully defending her doctoral thesis in September 2015, Krizia joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in Humacao, Puerto Rico. As her career progresses, she hopes to return to New Jersey to assume positions of increasing responsibility and impact in pharma.

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