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Dr Edward Sayers

Dr Edward Sayers

Postdoctoral Research Associate

+44 (0)29 2251 0139
Redwood Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB


I joined the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2007 to undertake my PhD in correlative microscopy under Prof Arwyn Jones, Dr Chris Allender (both School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Prof David Barrow (School of Engineering). After receiving my doctorate, I continued in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to investigate uptake and transcytosis of various nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems across biological barriers as part of a multi-university multi-industry collaboration.

Following my first PDRA I then got a position researching the efficiency of mRNA delivery following lipid nanoparticle delivery into various cancer models with AstraZeneca.

I am currently an Industrial Research fellow working with Cardiff University and collaborating Universities in Ireland to support life science SMEs in Wales and Ireland.

Additional Roles

Managing the confocal microscopy facility and co-manage the high throughput cell imaging system.

Public Engagement

I am passionate about public engagement in science and have contributed to several engagement activities under the School's ethos of 'Science of Medicines.'

  • London International Youth Science Forum at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, July 2019
  • Science Sessions at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, December 2018 and 2019
  • Science of the Sea at the National Eisteddfod for Wales Cardiff Bay, August 2018
  • Science in Health at the University Hospital Wales, March 2018
  • Introduction to blood and wound healing with Allensbank Primary School, January 2016 and Feb 2017
  • Biology Rocks with Cancer Research UK at Cardiff Museum, September 2015
  • Primary school interactive presentation on DNA and cells at the James Elliman Academy, Slough, July 2015 and 2016
  • Hand on demonstration at the Darwin Centre with Cancer Research UK, February 2015
  • Wounds and Healing show/stall with the Wellcome Trust at Green Man Festival, August 2011 & 2012














I teach confocal microscopy skills on the MSc Cancer Biology and Therapeutics course designing and delivering both a lecture and a lab based practical session.

I supervise MPharm students in the lab for their final year project.

I also perform one-to-one sessions to undergraduate, postgraduate and research staff on using the confocal microscope and the EVOS cell imaging system.

In 2018 I facilitated at the Drug Delivery Skills School for PhD students run by the BBSRC in Abingdon.

The main focus of my research is understanding endocytosis of nanoparticles and the functional delivery of their cargo. Here I utilise my expertise in advanced microscopy techniques and image analysis.


Past projects