Dr Mohamed Elsawy is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and the team leader of the Peptide BioNanomaterials Group (PBNG). He obtained his B.Pharm.Sc. (Hons.) from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt. He then got his PhD from School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University of Belfast in 2012. Following his PhD, he was awarded a short-term fellowship from Campus France, which allowed him to do his first postdoctoral training at the University of Bordeaux, France. In 2014, he was recruited as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Manchester. In 2017, he was appointed a lectureship in Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire.
Afaf Abouzid is a PhD student in the PBNG. She received Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandia University, Egypt; achieving high honours ranking in her year. She then completed M.Sc. degree in analytical bioscience and drug design at Salford university, UK (1:1). Currently, she is doing her PhD, which aims to develop a novel nanotechnology drug delivery system to treat oral mucosa ulcers.
Ronak Patel is a M.Sc. student in the PBNG. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Biomedical sciences at UCLan in which he executed guided research supervised by Dr. Leroy Shevrington in the extraction and analysis of flavonols from hydrolysed Moringa oleifera leaves using RP-HPLC. Previously, he studied maths, biology, chemistry and psychology at Priestley college. His M.Sc. project in the PBNG aims at developing peptide based nanofibrous emulgels for drug delivery.
Dhelal Fouad is a M.Sc. student in the PBNG. She obtained her BSc in pharmacy from University of Kufa, Iraq. After graduation, she worked for four years as a clinical pharmacist at Babylon teaching hospital for maternity and paediatrics, Iraq. Her M.Sc. project in the PBNG aims at the use of microfluidics technology for the fabrication of peptide based nanofibrous emulgels for drug delivery.
Dipti Kaspate is a M.Sc. student in the PBNG. She obtained her MPharm at University of Pune, India. During her undergrad studies, she worked on a research project on the preclinical evaluation of the chronic toxicity of polyherbal formulations. She also has two years work experience in post marketing research (Pharmacovigilance) of Humira injection and completed in-plant training at Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd. Her M.Sc. project in the PBNG aims at the preclinical testing of anti-cancer peptide hydrogels for the localised therapy of glioblastoma.
James Leach is a Graduate Intern in the PBNG. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at UCLan. During his undergrad studies, he worked on a research project that involved the use of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP) and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) as bioensors. He also spent some time at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he worked on the electochemical polymerisation of a MIP film with cortisol as electrochemical sensor. His research project in the PBNG aims at developing peptide based nanofibrillised microparticles for drug delivery.
Nadia Moinuddin is an undergraduate Intern in PBNG, funded by the UCLan URIS scheme. She is currently a final year MPharm student at UCLan. During her second year, she worked on a research project supervised by Dr Sarah Wilson; project title: Developing professionalism- Student views on a personalised learning contract. Her research project in the PBNG aims at developing short self-assembling amphiphilic peptide nanofibres as emulsifiers for emulgel formulations.