My background is pharmacy (first degree from University of Nottingham in 1993) and pharmaceutics (the science of making medicines, PhD from The School of Pharmacy, University of London, 1998), and I am a registered pharmacist.
My research is in the delivery of drugs and vaccines. Having a foot in both drug and vaccine camps has allowed me to transfer ideas, techniques and has given me a larger pool of peers and potential collaborators. My vaccine interests are outlined above. Regarding drugs, I am investigating drug delivery to the nail, in order to improve the therapy of nail diseases such as fungal infections. Research is focused on characterisation of the nature of the nail plate, physical and chemical enhancers to improve drug permeation into the nail and topical drug carriers. In addition to research, I teach pharmacy students. A few years ago, I led a project – The Global Pharmacist - at the School, with the aim of integrating global issues into the undergraduate curriculum. For the past two years, I have also co-led a UCL Global Citizenship Summer School strand, a two-week program for undergraduates.