Dr Sion Coulman - MPharm PhD Pharmacist
I graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 2001 with an MPharm degree and subsequently moved into my pre-registration year in community pharmacy. In the summer of 2002 became a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Great Britain and began professional practice as a locum pharmacist, working part-time in the community sector. This coincided with the beginning of my PhD studies in the Gene Delivery Research Group at Cardiff University where I spent three years investigating novel transdermal delivery systems for the delivery of macromolecules into and across human skin. In 2005, whilst completing my PhD studies I began a short contract at the Welsh School of Pharmacy as a Teaching Fellow and in the summer of 2006 I was appointed as a lecturer.
My current research interest centres on the development of the microneedle device as an effective non-invasive method of trans/intra-dermal delivery of novel and existing medicines and the translation of the microneedle technology from a laboratory prototype to a clinically useful device. The microneedle device bridges engineering, pharmaceutics and healthcare disciplines and therefore I am part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes academic and non-academic colleagues from the UK, Europe and the USA. The technology is now approaching clinical usefulness and over the forthcoming years will hopefully facilitate non-invasive delivery of a number of therapeutics and hence offer a range of new therapeutic opportunities.
More recently I have also developed a pedagogic interest in calculations, with particular focus on the education of pharmacy students and pharmacists in this area.