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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.

Distinctive features

  • 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


Administrative contact(s)

Mrs Wendy Davies

Postgraduate Research Administrator

Research themes

  • 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;
  • Bioimaging;
  • Quantitative analytical chemistry;
  • Particle characterisation; technological and biological aspects of the study of biocides, formulation preservation and biofilm formation;
  • Vaccine development.


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Tuition fees

Students from the UK

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Programme information

For programme structure, entry requirements and how to apply, visit the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences programme.

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