The Team

about pageDr 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.

Yogita Patil-SenDr Yogita Patil-Sen is a Daphne Jackson Fellow at the School of Physical Sciences and Computing. Yogita obtained her BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and MSc in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Pune, India. She then completed her PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of Manchester. Yogita has undertaken several research and teaching assignments at various top-class academic institutes in the world; these include, University of Manchester and University of Central Lancashire, UK, Concordia University, Canada, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and National Chemical Laboratory and University of Pune, India. Yogita joined UCLan in 2013 and her current research focuses on developing novel drug delivery systems for cancer therapy. She also teaches chemistry modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Yogita has been successfully co-supervising research students at UCLan.

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Afaf Abouzid is a PhD student in the Peptide BioNanomaterials Group (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.

RonakRonak Patel is a M.Sc. student in the Peptide BioNanomaterials Group (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.

James LeachJames Leach is a Graduate Intern in the Peptide BioNanomaterials Group (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.

NadiaNadia Moinuddin is an undergraduate Intern in the Peptide BioNanomaterials Group (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.