Dr. Ligia Westrich

Director of Assessment

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr. Ligia Westrich joined the School of Pharmacy in March 2012. As an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Westrich teaches and engages students in active learning of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry as well as advising them in their coursework and unveiling knowledge about future opportunities in pharmacy practice.

Before joining FDU, Dr. Westrich completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Lundbeck Research USA where she studied the effects of various antipsychotics and antidepressants on models of mood disorders. As part of her scholarship endeavors, she continues to design, validate and implement preclinical in vivo and in vitro assays to elucidate the mechanism of action of investigational multimodal antidepressant drugs.

Dr. Westrich has a background in molecular, cellular and behavioral neurobiology. Her research is focused on receptor pharmacology and signal transduction pathways involved in neurodegenerative and mood disorders. Her work has been presented at scientific meetings and been published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Westrich enjoys mentoring students through their journey in acquiring knowledge that will enhance their ability to make a professional impact as pharmacists in tomorrow’s health care.

Research Interests

Dopamine and serotonin receptors coupling and function modulation using novel compounds
Molecular mechanisms of cellular signaling in neurodegenerative and mood disorders
Innovative approaches to graduate teaching and active learning

Professional Affiliations

Society for Neurosience
New York Academy of Science
The Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists
New Jersey Pharmacists Association
Personalized Medicine Coalition

Contact Information



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Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey

Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy
Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Piscataway, New Jersey