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Dr Asma Buanz
M4a
UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square
London
WC1N 1AX
Tel: 020 7753 5840
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Engineering (NGU)
  • Pharmaceutics
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Role
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Biography

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. Her previous post was as an Associate Postdoctoral 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.

Dr Buanz is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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 

Current projects:

  • Fabrication of electrospun nanofibers loaded with bioactive molecules for treating neurological disorders
  • Formulating poorly soluble drugs as amorphous solid dispersions to enhance bioavailability; a novel mixed carrier approach - PhD project funded via the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Advanced Theraprutics and Nanomedicines.
  • Characterisation of Pharmaceuticals with in situ Differential Scanning Calorimetry-synchrotron X-ray diffraction (DSC-PXRD)

Past projects

Interdisciplinary collaborative research
  • 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"
  • Worked on developing pharmaceutical applications of a prototype fast scan DSC (Project RHC) in collaboration with TA Instruments (Waters Corporation)- world leader in developing thermal analysis techniques- during MSc project entitled 'Characterisation of Pharmaceutical Polymorphs with Rapid-eating Differential Scanning Calorimetry'
Other research
  • 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
  • 3D Printing for Pharmaceutical Applications

Teaching Summary

Programme Co-Director - MSc in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship


Teaching on the MSc in Pharmaceutics and MSc in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship course:
  •  Tutorials and Research Skills workshops
  •  Preformulation module.
  •  Nanomedicine module.

MPharm Year 2 'Medicines from the bench to the clinic' module.
MPharm Year 3 'Industrial Pharmacy' option (Deputy module lead)
MPharm Year 3 'Physiological Gender Differences and Common Diseases in Women' option
MPharm Year 4 'Advancing Practice Through Science" option'

PG Diploma in Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation
 

Appointments
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   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2016   ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow University College London
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2009   Master of Science School of Pharmacy, University of London
2003   Bachelor of Science  
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