Dr Garry Laverty
Principal Investigator

Garry graduated with a First Class Honours Masters degree (MPHARM) from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast in 2005 and a PhD in Pharmaceutics in 2010. After two years working for a Biotech company, Garry returned to the School as a Lecturer. Garry was previously a Visiting Researcher at Bing Xu’s lab (Brandeis University, Department of Chemistry), a world-leading group researching peptide nanomaterials.

Dr Sreekanth Pentlavalli
EPSRC funded Research Fellow

Sree is involved in the development of a novel peptide-mimetic hydrogel platform for use as a long-acting injectable drug delivery systems for diseases with poor medication adherence (e.g. HIV).

Sophie Coulter
PhD student/EPSRC funded Research Fellow

Sophie's work involes the study of peptide hydrogels as multifunctional microbicidal nanomaterials for HIV drug delivery. Sophie graduated with a First Class Honours Masters degree (MPHARM) from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast in 2015.

Xin Huang
Masters student

Xin Huang is studying the ability of our peptide hydrogel materials to provide controlled drug delivery to tumours.

Simon Porter
PhD student

Simon focuses on characterising our peptide nanotube platforms for the delivery of drugs across biological barriers, including the blood brain barrrier and cancer cells. Simon also received a First Class Honours Masters degree (MPHARM) from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast in 2014. Simon has taken up a Research Associate post in Pharmaceutical Science at University of Ulster in October 2018.

Alyaa Albadr
PhD Student

Alyaa's research focuses on the use of peptide nanomaterials to combat ocular infections in collaboration with Dr Raj Thakur (School of Pharmacy, QUB)

Marina Afami
PhD Student

Marina's research focuses on using peptide-based hydrogels as novel regenerative systems for periodontal stem cells in collaboration with Drs Lundy and El Karim (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences)

Shubhamkumar Baviskar
PhD Student

Shubhamkumar's work involves using of peptide-mimetic hydrogels as sustained drug delivery systems within the eye in collaboration with Dr Raj Thakur

Xinyu Zhao
PhD Student

Xinyu Zhao research involves the use of vaginal rings as multipurpose drug delivery systems with antimicrobial properties in collaboration with Prof Malcolm and Dr Boyd (School of Pharmacy)

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