Pain Nanomedicine Lab TEAM – Principal Investigator

Dr. Jelena M. Janjic “Dr.J”

Dr. Janjic holds a pharmacy degree from Belgrade University, S.R. Yugoslavia and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She completed post-doctoral training at Scripps Florida in drug discovery and at Carnegie Mellon University in imaging nanotechnology. She is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics (with tenure) and a full time faculty member at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy since 2009. Dr. Janjic is the Founder and a Co-Director of Chronic Pain Research Consortium (CPRC) at Duquesne University, since May 2011. She also serves as the ORISE Faculty fellow and a Principal Scientist with the 59th Medical Wing USA Air Force, USAISR.

Biography – Highlights:


2019     Defense Tech Connect Innovator Award Challenge – Oct 8, 2019, National Harbor, Washington DC

2018     Pittsburgh Business Times 2018 Innovator Award:

2018     Inducted into Duquesne University Research Hall of Fame:

2018     Faculty Award, School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service

2018     Nomination for the President’s Award of Excellence in Service to the Mission of Duquesne University, nominated by the School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University

2018     Selected to represent Duquesne University at Collegium at the College of the Holy Cross, June 2018

2013     Faculty Member of The Rho Chi Society, The Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy

2013     Wakonse Fellow, selected by Center of Teaching Excellence (Duquesne University) to present at and attend Wakonse Teaching Conference

2004     Graduate Student Excellence Award, School of Pharmacy, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2004     National Medicinal Chemistry Symposia Travel Award, Madison, WI

2001     JHF-CORO Health Sciences Fellowship, Pittsburgh, PA

Recognition in public media

2019     TEDxCMU Invited Speaker for “Ripple Effect” Main Conference, March 30, 2019 – articles: and (link to full talk: When in Pain, Innovate!)

2019     Article in Duquesne Times on USAF visit:

2018     Duquesne times article on Innovator 2018 award:

2018     Interview with Joe Palca, NPR:

2018     Highlights From the American Pain Society Scientific Summit: Can Nanomedicine Play a Role in the Future of Pain Treatment? A session at the March 4-6, 2018, event featured animal studies on macrophage-targeted nanomedicine by Ashley Cowie on 29 May 2018

2018     Interview for WTAE (Channel 4 News)

2018     Duquesne Researchers Working On Drug That Could Be Upgrade To Current Anti-Inflammatories” By JOAQUIN GONZALEZ • APR 3, 2018 NPR, WESA interview

2017     Interview for the podcast Regenerative Medicine Today – Janjic – Podcast #167

2014     “Duquesne Professors Collaborate To Pioneer Research On Chronic Pain” September 23rd, 2014

Duquesne University Magazine, Fall 2014

2014     “Where Does It Hurt? New Processes Development by Duquesne’s Chronic Pain Consortium           Could Provide the Answer” April 16, 2014, Duquesne University News

2014     “Got Collaboration? New Provost Award Encourages Interdisciplinary Research”                      Duquesne University Times April 9, 2014

2012     “Grant Funds Chronic Pain Study at Duquesne University”, Duquesne University News,            February 1, 2012

2012     “University Researchers Collaborate to Study Chronic Pain” in The Chronicle, a quarterly    newsletter published by American Chronic Pain Association, March 2012

2011     “Personalizing Nanomedicine”, front page featured full article by Lauren K. Wolf , Chemical and Engineering News, 89 (39), pp 29–32, September 26, 2011

2004     Pittsburgh Tribune Review Newsmaker, August 22, 2004

2003     “Winning Combination”, full feature article by Kris B. Mamula, PITT Magazine, Summer Issue

2003     “Combinatorial Libraries: Life’s Tinker Toys” by By Gail Dutton in The Scientist May 9, 2003