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Dr Asma Buanz
UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square
Tel: 020 7753 5840
  • Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Engineering (NGU)
  • Pharmaceutics
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Dr. Asma Buanz is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Engineering at UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London. She 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 past position was an Associate Researcher at the School which was 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

Research interests:

  • Novel techniques for engineering drug delivery systems (e.g inkjet and 3D printing)
  • Advanced characterisation of pharmaceuticals (e.g thermal analysis, spectroscopy and combined techniques)
  • Crystallisation in confinement 

Recent projects

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

Teaching at the Department of Pharmaceutics, UCL School of Pharmacy:
Tutorials and Research Skills workshop - MSc in Pharmaceutics and MSc in Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurship
MPharm Year 2 "Medicines from the bench to the clinic" module.
MPharm Year 3 "Industrial Pharmacy" option.
MPharm Year 4 "Advancing Practice Through Science" option.

01-NOV-2018 Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Engineering UCL School of Pharmacy  , United Kingdom
12-MAY-2014 Research Associate UCL School of Pharmacy  , United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2016 AFHEA ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
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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