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Academic Biography

I'm currently Head of Pharmaceutics at Teesside University. I started this role in January 2024.

Before that role I was at the University of Sunderland (2004-2024) where I designed and established two new courses, the BSc Cosmetic Science (2016) and the MSc Cosmetic Science (2020) from validation, curriculum design, to programme leadership over several years.
Between 2004 to 2013, I led pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice modules on the MPHARM, the MSc Clinical Pharmacy and MSc Medicines Management courses at the University of Sunderland.
Since 2004 I have led my research group on transdermal drug delivery, design and quality control optimisation of pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations.
I have been Director of Studies to over 10 PhD students.


I have a First Class Honours BSc in Pharmacy (1999), a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry (2004) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2008).

I have been an academic since 2004, initially as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and gradually progressed to Senior Lecturer (2008) and Reader/Associate Professor (2016) while establishing my research group on the formulation of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

Academic Leadership
In 2015, I designed the BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science course and launched it in 2016. I then designed and launched the MSc Cosmetic Science in 2020. I was Programme Leader for both courses.

I am a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (MRPharmS), registered with GPharmC, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). I acted as elected Member at the Council of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) in the UK for three years (2019-2022), and an invited member at the Education Committee and the Scientific Programme Committee of the SCS.

Research Leadership
Alongside my teaching I developed and established the following new areas of research at the University:

Transdermal Drug Delivery research group (2005 – ongoing)
This is on the design and quality control of transdermal dosage forms including the rheological properties of pressure-sensitive adhesives as quality control indicator of the adhesive performance of skin patches; the design of novel  hydrogels, the stabilisation of drugs via amorphous solid dispersions. (6 completed PhD students).

I have 1 patent on transdermal drug delivery.

Cosmetic Science research group (2012 – ongoing)
This is on the design and quality control of cosmetic formulations eg development of predictive tools for the correlation of product sensory descriptors with quantifiable rheological parameters; metabolism of ingredients in the skin. See my Special Issue in the Cosmetics journal.

(3 completed PhD students; 1 completed KTP research associate)


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Synthesis of novel agents for the treatment of psoriasis, University of Sunderland

1 Oct 20001 Mar 2003

Award Date: 1 Mar 2003

Bachelor, Pharmacy, University of Sunderland

25 Sept 19961 Jul 1999

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999


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