Lisa Rohan, PhD

Magee-Womens Research Institute

Dr. Rohan is a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy. She also holds appointments in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences in the School of Medicine and the Clinical Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, she is an Investigator at the Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI).  Dr. Rohan serves as co-principal investigator for the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) Laboratory. The MTN is an HIV/AIDS clinical trials network established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). This network encompasses an international team of investigators and community and industry partners from seven countries and three continents.

She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics.  After completion of her Ph.D. work Dr. Rohan completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of Mucosal Immunology.  Prior to her time in academics she spent several years in the pharmaceutical industry. The focus of her research laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh and MWRI lies in the design of drug delivery systems and the assessment of such systems with respect to safety, functionality, and efficacy. Her research team has translated a number of products from the bench to the clinic. Currently, a significant focus of research in her laboratory is the design of mucosal drug delivery systems as applied in the areas of infectious disease and other women’s health issues.