Dr Zeeshan Ahmad

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 250 6455

E: zahmad@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/pharmacy

Social Media: uk.linkedin.com/pub/zeeshan-ahmad/7a/971/14b


Personal profile

[Images: Pharmaceutic / Pharmaceutical , Drug Delivery, Nanotechnology, Nanoscience, Formulation, Nanoparticles, Nanofibers, Microparticles and in-vitro testing ( Pharmaceutics ) from Dr Zeeshan Ahmads research can be seen on the right].

At present Zeeshan Ahmad is a Senior Lecturer in the Pharmaceutical Technologies Group at De Montfort University (School of Pharmacy).

He has broad research interests in medical materials and their applications for healthcare (interfacing at chemistry, biology, physics and biomedical engineering).

Specifically, these include various methods of drug delivery (smart nanoparticles and microparticles, bubbles, fibrous materials and transdermal/skin contact systems), tissue engineering (scaffolds and cell guidance), medical device coatings (orthopedic implants) and biomedical material synthesis (polymers and bioceramics) and fabrication (EHDA, microfluidic and emulsion methods).

He has over 50 peer reviewed articles and is also a peer-reviewer for over 35 journals. He has published in various biomedical materials, pharmaceutical and related interdisciplinary journals.He has delivered over 25 invited presentations (national and international) at symposia (including conferences), industry and universities.This is in additon to over 20 poster presentations related to his research. He has supervised numerous PhD students (including to completion, national and international) in additon to undergraduates on MPharm, BSc Pharm Sci, BSc Pharm and Cosm Sci, MSc Biomaterials.  

Work (Research/Academic) History:

Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Technologies

De Montfort University (DMU)| - School of Pharmacy

April 2013Present (11 months) Leicester, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer in Pharmceutics

University of Portsmouth| - School of Pharmacy

September 2010March 2013 (2 years 7 months)Portsmouth, UK

Leverhulme Research Fellow

University College London|

May 2010August 2010 (4 months) London, United Kingdom

EPSRC Research Fellow

University College London|

January 2008April 2010 (2 years 4 months) London, United Kingdom

Research Assistant (EPSRC)

University College London|

January 2006December 2007 (2 years)London, United Kingdom

Research Assistant (EPSRC)

Queen Mary, University of London|

January 2005December 2005 (1 year)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biomedical Materials

Queen Mary, U. of London|

Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons), Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Allother education in London, UK




Research group affiliations

Pharmaceutical Technologies

Publications and outputs 

Recent publications.....

  • Preparation and characterization of multi-active electrospun hydroxyapatite/poly-ε-carpolactone fibers loaded with ibuprofen and indomethacin  Karavasili et al. Biomedical Materials Research Part A -accepted
  • Stratified scaffolds for osteochondral tissue engineering applications: Electrospun PDLLA nanofibre coated Bioglass®-derived foams Yunos et al. Journal of Biomaterials Applications 27, 537 (2013)
  • Electrohydrodynamic Bubbling: An Alternative Route to Fabricate Porous Structures of Silk Fibroin Based Materials Ekemen et al. Biomacromolecules 14, 1412 (2013)
  • Continuous Generation of Ethyl Cellulose Drug Delivery Nanocarriers from Microbubbles   Gunduz et al. Pharmaceutical Research30, 225(2013) 
  • Spatial and Temporal Evaluation of Cell attachment to Biomaterials  Rasekh et al. Acta Biomaterialia 9, 5052 (2013)
  • Electrohydrodynamic Printing of Silk Fibroin Fiber Structures   Bayram et al. Macromolecular Research 21, 339 (2013)                         
  • Antimicrobial properties of porous polyurethane-copper oxide nano-composite films. Ahmad et al Methods in Enzymology (issue on Nanomedicine), 509, 87 (2012)
  • Microbubble contrast agents for medical ultrasonic diagnosis and therapeutic applications Azmin et al. Current Pharmaceutical Design , 18, 2118 (2012)
  • A Device for the Fabrication of Multifunctional Particles from MicrobubbleSuspension   Gunduz et al. Materials Science and Engineering C-, 32, 1005 (2012)         
  • Bioinspired bubble design for particle generation  Gunduz et al.  Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9, 389 (2012)                    
  • Fabrication of biomaterials via controlled protein bubble generation and manipulation  Ekemen et al Biomacromolecules 12, 4291 (2011)
  • Nanoparticle delivery systems formed using electrically sprayed co-flowing excipients and active agent  Bakhshi et al Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology7, 782 (2011)
  • Direct Writing of Polycaprolactone Polymer for Topographic and Biomedical Engineering Applications  Rasekh et al. Advanced Biomaterials 13, B296 (2011)     

Research interests/expertise

  • Pharmaceutics / Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • Pharmaceutic Dosage Design
  • Nanoparticles and Microparticles
  • Biomaterials (bioceramics and biocompatible polymers)
  • Biomedical Materials (applications for advanced functional biomaterials)
  • Drug Delivery Systems (transdermal (parenteral) and enteral systems)
  • Drug Delivery Systems (nano, micro and bubble)
  • Drug Delivery Systems (in-vitro models)
  • Drug Delivery Systems with Imaging modalities
  • Drug Delivery Technologies (EHDA, microfluidic, emulsions)
  • Bio and Tissue Engineering (scaffold design and cell guidance)
  • Implants (Coatings and Biocompatible materials)
  • Materials Chemistry (polymers/bioceramics and interfaces)
  • Biointerfaces (Cell guidance, Drug delivery systems at interfaces)
  • Material Fabrication (EHDA, Microfluidic, Emulsions, Casting).
  • Material Analysis: Optical, SEM, TEM, AFM, XRD, DSC, TGA, HPLC, UV, Confocal, FTIR, Raman, Terahertz. Physical properties of materials.

Areas of teaching

  • Product Formulation (lectures) (Yr2)
  • Development and Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products (lectures) (Yr3)
  • New Approaches to Drug Delivery (lectures) (Yr3)
  • Product Formulation Labs (Yr2)
  • Compounding Labs (Yr1)
  • Final Year Project Supervision (Yr3)


  • BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry (University of London)
  • PhD (University of London)

Courses taught

BSc Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences

Current research students

Past PhD students (completed) -

  • Z Ekemen (Co-I)
  • M Rasekh (Co-I)
  • O Gunduz (Co-I)

Currently supervised PhD students -

  • A Smith (P-I/Co-I)
  • I Kucuc (Co-I)


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