Supervisory Chemist - Laboratory Branch Chief
US Food and Drug Administration
St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Connie Gryniewicz-Ruzicka is a Supervisory Chemist-Laboratory Branch Chief at the Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis (DPA), Office of Testing and Research, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She received a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2005 from Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly known as the University of Missouri – Rolla. After graduation, she began her career at DPA and worked as an analytical chemist for over 10 years developing methods and utilizing a variety of instrumentation to study the authentication and quality of pharmaceutical products. Dr. Ruzicka was a founding member of DPA’s Rapid Spectroscopic Screening team and became a research chemist utilizing rapid screening technologies to assess problems in regulatory pharmaceutical analysis, in particular, the application of ion mobility spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy for the quality assessment of pharmaceutical products and dietary supplements. In 2017, Dr. Ruzicka was promoted to Supervisory Chemist where she plans, directs and manages the work of laboratory personnel performing testing and modern research that promotes the use of advanced techniques to characterize drug products, the development of rapid screening technologies for detection of counterfeit or substandard drug products and the quality assessment of abuse deterrent formulations.