Drug Delivery and Microbiology
Drug Delivery and Microbiology is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research programmes (MPhil, MD, PhD).
Our aim is to
- Understanding the nature of biological barriers and developing advanced systems to improve the delivery of therapeutics.
- Understanding microbial survival strategies, microbial contamination of pharmaceutical products, control of microbial infection in healthcare environments.
- Imaging and cytometry facilities,
- Containment laboratories and suites for prokaryote and eukaryote investigations,
- Cell and molecular biology resources,
- A dedicated ultra centrifuge suite, advanced chromatographic equipment,
- Polymer chemistry equipment for synthesis and characterisation,
- A GMP suite for clinical trial formulations
Mrs Wendy Davies
Postgraduate Research Administrator
- Pulmonary drug delivery
- Microneedle delivery of drugs and biologics
- Stability of total parenteral nutrition admixtures
- Molecular imprinting
- Cell membrane penetration
- Transdermal penetration of drugs
- Interaction of microorganisms with pharmaceuticals
- Antimicrobial mechanisms
- Diagnostics for infectious agents, especially B.anthracis and Cl. Difficile
Areas of Expertise
- Molecular imprinting;
- Pharmaceutical engineering of therapeutic microneedles;
- Technological & biological aspects of transcutaneous drug and gene delivery;
- Technological & biological aspects of pulmonary drug and gene delivery;
- Synthesis and exploitation of novel polymer systems;
- Technological & biological aspects in the tissue and cellular trafficking of macromolecules;
- Phage as a therapeutic and a display technology;
- Quantitative analytical chemistry;
- Particle characterisation; technological and biological aspects of the study of biocides, formulation preservation and biofilm formation;
- Vaccine development.