Plough Center Personnel

faculty/staff photoPavan Balabathula, PhD
Senior Research Specialist

Dr. Balabathula has more than 5 years of experience in research, training and manufacturing of sterile dosage forms. He conducts research and analytical studies for development of novel drug products according to federal guidelines which includes pre-formulation studies and formulation development of sterile dosage forms for new chemical entities for pre-clinical & Phase I studies. He develops & validates HPLC assays for drug product testing & stability testing. He is a validated team member for sterile manufacturing of parenteral products under cGMP for pre-clinical and Phase I & Phase II clinical studies. He is involved in proper documentation of Batch Production Record’s for finished products. He trains professionals from pharmaceutical industry & regulatory agencies in the Comprehensive Industrial Course in the Preparation of Parenteral Products. He is also a lab instructor for Pharm.D. students and trains them in aseptic techniques.
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Gwen Stornes

Senior Research Assistant
Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems

Stornes has more than 33 years of experience at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, with more than 25 of those years in the former Parenteral Medications Laboratory - now Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems. She has over 25 years experiience in instructing/training pharmaceutical industry personnel in procedures used in aseptic preparation and processing of sterile product. She is a validated team member of the sterile parenteral products manufacturing team. She is responsible for environmental monitoring and all other routine monitoring and testing required for the operation of the Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems cleanroom facility. She also has the role of research support in the Plough Center.

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Howard Nguyen

Quality Specialist

Mr. Nguyen has over 15 years of technical experience in a pharmaceutical and manufacturing environment with an emphasis on research & development, laboratory facility space and requirements, quality control, and production. At GTx Inc., he has maintained and overseen assigned laboratory equipment and facilities in compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements (EPA, OSHA, and FDA) which include equipment calibration and maintenance and environmental monitoring. He has extensive knowledge in qualification and validation, industry specific laboratory software & hardware, and GxPs regulatory safety measures. He also provided technical guidance in area of expertise as well as drafting and review of technical GxPs documentation such as investigations and SOPs. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on regulatory requirements to the GMP facility at UTHSC.

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Bivash Mandal, PhD

Senior Research Specialist

Dr. Mandal has more than 5 years of experience in Research & Development, Manufacturing, and Quality Control of parenteral drug products for preclinical and clinical trial supplies at the Plough Center. He has pharmaceutical industry R & D experience in formulation, process development and scale up. He is a validated fill team member of the cGMP manufacturing facility at Plough Center. He has experience in formulation, aseptic fill-finish operations, filtration, lyophilization, HPLC, stability studies, and sterility testing. He has expertise in the environmental monitoring techniques for the cleanrooms. He has over 8 years of academic research experience in nanotechnology based parenterals for malignant and infectious diseases. He instructed Pharm D students on aseptic processing and sterile compounding techniques. He has a number of scientific journal publications, US patent application, and conference presentations. In November 2014, he received the prestigious AAPS Graduate Research Award in FDD sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

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Nivesh K. Mittal, PhD

Senior Research Specialist

Dr. Mittal has more than five years research experience in the field of nanotechnology based targeted drug delivery systems, development of lyophilization cycles for parenteral drug products, and pre-formulation and formulation development of poorly soluble drug molecules. He has a number of publications including a pending patent for liposomes for hematological malignancies. He has industrial experience in the development of novel drug delivery systems and is a validated fill team member for the sterile manufacturing of aseptic drug products under cGMP for pre-clinical and Phase I and Phase II clinical studies. He trains professionals from industry in the development of validated HPLC assay’s for analytical and stability testing of parenteral drug products. He also instructs on how aseptically manufactured drug products can be evaluated for their sterility. Dr. Mittal’s experience and expertise of formulation, manufacturing and analysis of sterile drug products make him an essential part of the team at The Plough Center.

Contact Us

Howard Nguyen
Phone: 901-448-4555
Fax: 901-448-6092
Email: hnguye26@uthsc.edu

Nivesh Mittal
Phone: 901-448-2906
Fax 901-448-6092
Email: nmittal@uthsc.edu