Gordon Amidon earned his MA in mathematics and his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Michigan. His research group has developed approaches for predicting drug absorption in humans prior to human studies. Besides assisting greatly in the design and development of new drugs, this approach provides a basis for setting rational in vitro standards for drug development and approval.

Professor Amidon’s group recently demonstrated that the intestinal mucosal cell peptide transporter can be used to significantly increase the oral absorption of poorly absorbed polar drugs. With this approach, drugs that would otherwise be ineffective by oral administration can be used in the treatment of various human diseases. Additional research areas include oral delivery of peptide and peptide-type drugs, cellular transport and metabolism of peptide-like drugs and prodrugs, drug dissolution and oral drug delivery, viscoelastic properties of polymeric drug delivery systems, modulatable drug delivery systems, and cloning of the intestinal peptide transporter. 

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Dr. Gordon Amidon Receives Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Gordon L. Amidon received a Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) from the Miguel Hernández (UMH) University of Elche in Alicante, Spain on January 28, 2015. The investiture ceremony took place during the celebration of the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Research Interests

  • Drug transport and delivery


  • 2018 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Takeru Higuchi Award for Pha
  • 2017 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship Award
  • 2018 Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellowship Award
  • 2018 Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lectureship
  • 2017 Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) Distinguished Science Award
  • 2017 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award, AAPS highest award
  • 2015 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Meritorious Manuscript Award
  • 2015 Volwiler Research Achievement Award, in recognition of outstanding research achievement by an AACP pharmacy educator
  • 2012 Controlled Release Society Founders
  • 2011 Honorary Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2009 Scheele Award, Swedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, for outstanding contributions to the field of oral drug delivery and biopharmaceutics
  • 2006 Ebert Prize
  • 2006 Ebert Prize
  • 2005 Parenteral Drug Association Research Award (as faculty advisor to student of award-winning research paper)
  • 2004 Ebert Prize