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Dr Asma Buanz
UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square
  • Research Associate
  • Pharmaceutics
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Dr. Asma Buanz is a Research Associate at UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London. Dr. Buanz obtained her BSc. (Pharm) in pharmaceutical sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benghazi, Libya. She studied for an MSc. degree in drug delivery at the School of Pharmacy, University of London and graduated with distinction and was awarded the AstraZeneca Prize (joint) for best academic performance of her class. She then undertook her PhD at UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London under the supervision of Professor Simon Gaisford. Dr. Buanz's current position is funded by the EPSRC (EP/K03929/1) project 'Computationally designed templates for exquisite control of polymorphic form' (www.cposs.org.uk), which involves exploring the role of inkjet-printing in templating new pharmaceutically-related polymorphic forms.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Inkjet Printing:

  • Developed a novel approach to crystallise and characterise merastable polymorphic forms using inkjet printing as part of the ongoing three-centre EPSRC's funded project "Computationally Designed Templates for Exquisite Control of Polymorphic Form"
  • Developed a successful approach to utilise thermal inkjet printing to prepare oral films for personalised dosing and crystal engineering of co-crystals during PhD study
Thermal Analysis of Pharmaceuticals
  • Developed an in situ Differential Scanning Calorimetry-synchrotron X-ray diffraction (DSC_PXRD) at Diamond Light Source with researchers from UCL SOP on the Joint Engineering Environmental and Processing Beamline I12 (JEEP)
  • Worked on developing pharmaceutical applications of a prototype fast scan DSC (Project RHC) in collaboration with TA Instruments during MSc project entitled Characterisation of Pharmaceutical Polymorphs with Rapid-eating Differential Scanning Calorimetry

3D Printing for Pharmaceutical Applications

Teaching Summary

   May 2016              Associate Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education and UCL Arena

   2010-present       Teaching at the Department of Pharmaceutics, UCL School of Pharmacy

  • Introduced and teach two new lectures as part of the PhD Training Progrmame Expert Lectures
  •   Teach tutorials for MSc in Pharmaceutics course Supervise research projects students in the laboratory (ERASMUS, MPharm and MSc.)
  • Design and conduct training for research students and visiting researchers on a number of instruments such as thermal analysis techniques 
  2005 - 2005             Teaching Assistant in Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benghazi
12-MAY-2014 Research Associate Pharmaceutics UCL School of Pharmacy, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Pharmaceutical Sciences University College London
2009 MSc Master of Science – Drug Discovery School of Pharmacy, University of London
2003 BSc Bachelor of Science – Pharmacy  
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