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Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D.

Director, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering

Biotech Eight, 4th floor, Room 420, Richmond, VA, UNITED STATES

(919) 260-5509

Dr. Roper specializes in efforts to bring engineering and science closer to patients who utilize medicines via novel technologies.










Dr. Thomas Roper is a professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Pharmaceutical Engineering program for the School of Engineering. He is the principal investigator for the Pharmaceuticals on Demand project at VCU, and collaborator on the Medicines for All initiative. His research interests are in the miniaturization of manufacturing footprints, including continuous chemistry and formulation technologies. Bringing science, technology, medicine and education close to the point of use is a major theme for his research efforts. Roper was previously with GSK Pharmaceuticals for 22 years where his past positions included “Head of API Chemistry and Analysis US” and “Global Head of Exploratory Development Sciences”.

Industry Expertise

  • Education/Learning
  • Writing and Editing
  • Health and Wellness
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals

Areas of Expertise

Metabolic Engineering and Biocatalysis3D Printing of Dose FormsLong Acting Therapy DevelopmentNanomaterials and Particle SciencesContinuous Chemical Reaction EngineeringCost Effective Therapeutic Treatments for the Developing WorldDrug DevelopmentDrug DiscoveryPharmaceutical Innovation


NIH Postdoctoral Fellow | professional

2013 Harvard University


Harvard University

Postdoctoral Associate, Organic Chemistry


Postdoctoral Associate in the laboratories of Professor E.J. Corey

University of Virignia

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry


Virginia Commonwealth University

B.Sc., Chemistry


Media Appearances

VCU steps up in state push for research collaboration with eye for commerce

Richmond Times-Dispatch  print


One, led by Thomas D. Roper, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Sciences Engineering, is developing a system of secure automated refrigeration units to store temperature-sensitive medications in portable compartments for quick access by hospital nursing staff.

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