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Dr Zeeshan Ahmad

Job: Reader (Associate Professor) in Pharmaceutics

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

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology
  • Drug Delivery
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanoscience
  • Biomaterials
  • Formulation
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanofibers
  • Microparticles
  • Pharmaceutical analysis (various models and delivery systems)

Dr Zeeshan Ahmad's research is illustrated on the images to the right.

At present Zeeshan Ahmad is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Pharmaceutics 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 numerous journals (RSC, Elsevier, Springer, ACS, IoP, etc). He has published in various biomedical materials, pharmaceutical and related interdisciplinary journals.He has delivered over 30 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


Research group affiliations

Pharmaceutical Technologies

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

  • Preparation and characterization of electrospun hydroxyapatite/poly-ε-carpolactone fibers loaded with ibuprofen and indomethacin
  • C. Karavasili et al. Biomedical Materials Research Part A. 102, 2583 (2014)
  • Continuous Generation of Ethyl Cellulose Drug Delivery Nanocarriers from Microbubbles
  • O.Gunduz et al. Pharmaceutical Research 30, 225 (2013)
  • Bioinspired bubble design for particle generation
  • O.Gunduz et al. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9, 389 (2012)
  • Fabrication of biomaterials via controlled protein bubble generation and manipulation
  • Z. Ekemen et al. Biomacromolecules 12, 4291 (2011)
  • Nano-particle functionality and toxicity on the central nervous system
  • Z Yang et al. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 7, 411 (2010)
  • Novel preparation of transdermal drug-delivery patches and functional wound healing materials
  • Z. Ahmad et al. Journal of Drug Targeting 17, 724 (2009)
  • The role of electrosprayed nanoapatites in guiding osteoblast behaviour. E.S. Thian et al. Biomaterials 29, 1833 (2008)

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)


Courses taught

  • Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences BSc

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) - Member
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - Member
  • Controlled Release Society (CRS) - Member
  • Controlled Release Society - UK Chapter (UKICRS) - Member
  • Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences GB (APSGB) - Member
  • European Society of Biomaterials (ESB) - Member
  • UK Society of Biomaterials (UKSB) – Member

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)

Externally funded research grants information


  • RCUK (EPSRC), Royal Society, EU and Industry


Professional esteem indicators

  • Peer reviewer for numerous internationally recognised journals (mainly from Springer, Wiley, RSC, Elsevier, IoP, ASPB, Informa, PLoS)

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