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Jonathan Leigh Afshar

Pharmaceutical Scientist/Biotechnologist
Lab Operations Research & Science Full time

I am a talented, goal-oriented, and hardworking professional in pharmaceutical science and biotechnology. With a strong background in analytical chemistry, research and development, and laboratory operations, I am dedicated to contributing to the discovery and development of novel drug compounds. I thrive in collaborative environments and have a proven track record of success in the pharmaceutical industry.


  • Experimental bench science
  • Data production for company patents
  • UHPLC (Agilent 1290) operation, analysis, and method development
  • PION/DistekĀ® dissolution with real-time fiber optic UV probes
  • Electronic lab notebook (ELN) experiment documentation
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • HPLC
  • GC
  • High throughput organic transesterification method
  • USP Apparatus II Dissolution
  • Cation-exchange HPLC
  • Karl Fischer titration
  • GC residual solvent analysis
  • Agilent 1100 and 1200 Normal Phase, Reverse Phase, and Ion Exchange HPLC
  • Concentration and pH kinetic solubility studies
  • Waters Empower software
  • Documentation via electronic lab notebook (ELN)
  • HPLC, TOC, viscometry, osmometry, thin-layer chromatography, and UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • UV spectroscopy
  • Differential scanning calorimetry
  • Dissolution testing
  • LC/MS analysis


Awards and achievements

  • MCPHS Dean's List: 2006-2007, 2008, 2011
  • Merit Scholarships: 2006-2011

Work Experience

Biopharmaceutical Scientist III
Eurofins Professional Scientific Services, LLC Oct 2022 - Sep 2023
  • Serve under a managed service provider at one of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies
  • Collaborate with high-level scientists who are dedicated to discovering and developing novel synthetic drug compounds undergoing early clinical development
  • Conduct experimental bench science, data production for company patents, UHPLC (Agilent 1290) operation, analysis and method development, PION/DistekĀ® dissolution with real-time fiber optic UV probes (in-situ dissolution analysis), electronic lab notebook (ELN) experiment documentation, and using PowerPoint to help colleagues train on new LIMS software
  • Assist the company with moving all laboratory hardware to a new Massachusetts headquarters
Research Associate, Analytical Chemistry
Novogy, Inc. Jan 2014 - Dec 2016
  • Helped facilitate the analysis and development of alternative biofuels by conducting synthetic-organic and analytical chemistry
  • Conducted ongoing analytical method development for HPLC, GC, and a high throughput organic transesterification method
  • This procedure involved the in-situ extraction of oils from genetically modified and fermented yeasts, followed by transesterification and GC-FID quantitation of FAMEs
  • HPLC-RI was also utilized to monitor ongoing fermentation reactions
Scientific Associate II, Analytical Development
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Via: Overture Partners) Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
  • Performed research & development on analytical methods for small molecule APIs and drug products
  • USP Apparatus II Dissolution, cation-exchange HPLC, Karl Fischer titration, and GC residual solvent analysis were all used in method development and stability testing protocols
  • Developed PDU-2 (media transfer) dissolution methods of tablets in multiple formulations
  • Agilent 1100 and 1200 Normal Phase, Reverse Phase, and Ion Exchange HPLC skills
  • Concentration and pH kinetic solubility studies on various buffer salts for dissolution
  • Waters Empower software for assay/impurity analysis, data analysis, and reporting
  • Collaborated daily with various levels of professional scientists and staff
  • Documented experiments via electronic lab notebook (ELN) with peer-review
Quality Control Chemistry Analyst
Bio-Concept Laboratories, Inc. Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
  • Conducted research at an FDA-registered (cGMP) contract research & manufacturing organization
  • This position required the development and execution of multiple analytical methods for various ophthalmic pharmaceutical preparations, according to GMP practices
  • Analyzed clinical trial drug products using HPLC, TOC, viscometry, osmometry, thin-layer chromatography, and UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • Documentation of experiments kept in a handwritten/reviewed lab notebook and several company databases


BS Pharmaceutical Science
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Jan 2006 - Jan 2012