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Professor Antony D'Emanuele

Job: Head of School

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7074




Personal profile

Tony D'Emanuele is Professor of Pharmaceutics and Head of the Leicester School of Pharmacy. Tony obtained a First Class honours degree in Pharmacy from the School of Pharmacy, University of London and his PhD from the University of Bath. He then took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tony subsequently joined the School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester. Tony was recruited to the University of Central Lancashire in 2006 to lead the development of the new School of Pharmacy. Following the successful development of the School, Tony joined De Montfort University as Head of the Leicester School of Pharmacy.

Tony's research interests focus on the delivery of bioactive molecules using polymeric systems, particularly those based on dendrimer nanocarriers (nanomedicine). He also has an interest in the development of delivery systems where release is responsive to a patient's varying requirements and the delivery of genes into cells by means of sonication.

Tony has been a visiting scientist at the University of São Paulo and also MIT, and is presently a Guest Professor at Sichuan University. Tony has secured funding from the pharmaceutical industry, research councils and charities and has consulted to the pharmaceutical industry and acted as an expert witness in patent litigations.

He has been invited to give over 90 lectures and has received six awards, including a Eurand Award for Novel Approaches in Oral Drug Delivery and the Controlled Release Society Outstanding Oral Drug Delivery Award. Tony is the author of over 180 publications, including over 70 scientific and professional papers. He has supervised over 40 research students.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Tony has been Chairman of the UK-Ireland Controlled Release Society and European representative Member of Executive Committee of the Pharmacy Information Section, International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Key research outputs

  • Teow, H. M., Zhou, Z., Najlah, M., Yusof, S. R., Abbott, N. J. D’Emanuele, A. Delivery of paclitaxel across cellular barriers using a dendrimer-based nanocarrier Int. J. Pharm., 441, 701-711, 2013.
  • Zhou, Z., D’Emanuele, A., Attwood, D. Solubility enhancement of paclitaxel using a linear-dendritic block copolymer Int. J. Pharm., 452, 173-179, 2013.
  • D’Emanuele, A., Zhou, Z., Attwood, D., Abu-Rmaileh, R. Dendrimers. Encyclopaedia of Pharmaceutical Technology, 4th Edition, 799-818, 2013.
  • Tekade, R. K., D’Emanuele, A., Elhissi, A., Agrawal, A., Jain, A, Arafat, B. T., Jain, N. K. Extraction and RP-HPLC determination of taxol in rat plasma, cell culture and quality control samples J. Biomed. Res., 27, 394-405, 2013.
  • Nasr, M., Najlah, M., D’Emanuele, A., Elhissi, A. PAMAM dendrimers as aerosol drug nanocarriers for pulmonary delivery via nebulization Int. J. Pharm., 461, 242-250, 2014.

Research interests/expertise

  • Polymeric delivery systems (including dendrimer, biodegradable and hydrogel systems)
  • Nanomedicines
  • Responsive drug deliver technologies
  • Controlled drug delivery technologies
  • Colloidal formulations

Areas of teaching

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences


  • BPharm (Hons) First Class, University of London
  • PhD, University of Bath

Honours and awards

  • Eurand Award for Novel Approaches in Oral Drug Delivery (2004) – awarded by the Controlled Release Society & Eurand for work on dendrimer carriers
  • FIP IPJ Pen (1998) – awarded for contributions to the International Pharmacy Journal
  • Lilly Prize for Pharmaceutical Excellence (1995) - awarded to academics under the age of 35 in recognition of research and professional standing
  • Whittet Award (1989) - awarded for research achievements at the University of Bath
  • ICI Award (1984) - awarded by the University of London

Membership of external committees

  • Pharmacy Schools Council 

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • United Kingdom Controlled Release Society 

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