Iffaaz Salahudeen

Scientist at United States Pharmacopoeia

Rockville, MD, USA

Last updated September 21, 2020

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

My life journey began many decades back in a small village in the southern tip of Sri Lanka (an island of 25 Million people, located south of India), called Kapuwatte. After 6 years primary education, I did my middle school in the city, Weligama and high school in Ratmalana, near the Capital, Colombo. After year 12, I got admitted to the beautiful scenic university of Peradeniya in central Sri Lanka to pursue a special degree in chemistry in the science faculty. Upon graduation, I worked as an assistant lecturer for one year before moving to chemical and food industries in Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia. After 6 years in industry, I decided to pursue my dream of doing post-graduate studies and got admitted to university of Kansas in the USA for a PhD program in analytical chemistry. Upon successfully completing my degree, I moved to New Jersey to join Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical company. After working there for over 22 years, decided to retire and moved to Maryland found a job at United States Pharmacopoeia as a scientist. I have 2 brothers and twin sisters, all live in Sri Lanka, and my father was a school principal, and passed away in 1988 when I was in Kansas and my mother was a full time housewife and passed away in 2018 after battling with cancer for 2 years. I am married to Ferial, who is an accountant by profession, and we have two beautiful children. My son Atif had his BS and Masters degrees in Aerospace engineering from the university of Maryland, and working for a satellite company in DC. My daughter graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelors degree in Journalism and creative writing and is actively looking for a suitable position in industry.

Interesting Factoid

I am passionate about healthy food and healthy body! I enjoy cooking, traveling and hiking; I also volunteer in community activities and send out weekly newsletters to the community.


I can speak 3 languages and read/write 4!

Countries Visited

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I have visited few countries including Sri Lanka
Middle East and Europe.
United States of America

What I Do  

Professional Experience

United States Pharmacopoeia


Jun 2019 - Present
Manage Pharmaceutical related reference standards qualification and evaluation, which are used mainly by generic pharmaceuticals to test their products.

Professional Expertise

Analytical chemistry and separation technology

Professional Interests

Analytical sciences and technology

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Equal Rights and Justice