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Prof Kevin Taylor
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  • Emeritus Professor
  • Pharmaceutics
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Professor Taylor is a pharmacist who gained his pharmacy degree and PhD from the Welsh School of Pharmacy in 1982 and 1987 respectively. He joined the Department of Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy as a Teaching and Research Fellow in 1986 and was subsequently appointed as Lecturer (1988), Senior Lecturer (1994) and Reader (2002). In 2004, he was appointed to a joint post between the School of Pharmacy, University College London Hospitals and Camden and Islington Hospital Pharmaceutical Services, as Professor in Clinical Pharmaceutics. Professor Taylor was Head of the Department of Pharmaceutics from 2006 to 2013.  

Professor Taylor was Chair of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission (2013-2022) and a member of the UK Delegation to the European Pharmacopoeia Commission (2013-2022) and the Inhalanda Working Party of the European Pharmacopoeia (2013-2022). He is a member of the Pharmacy and Nomenclature Expert Advisory Group of the BPC. Professor Taylor was a member of the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) from 2012-2021, and is a member of the Chemistry, Pharmacy and Standards Expert Advisory Group (Chair 2013-2021) and the COVID-19 Vaccines Benefit Risk Expert Working Group of CHM.

Professor Taylor is editor, with Professor Michael Aulton, of Aulton's Pharmaceutics.

Professor Taylor retired from UCL School of Pharmacy and was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2021.

Research Summary

Professor Taylor's research has largely focussed on colloidal systems for drug delivery. This involves formulation, manufacture and evaluation of their potential for controlled drug delivery to the respiratory tract. He is particularly interested in how materials, including drugs, proteins and nucleic acids interact with liposomal bilayers. Additionally, his research encompasses the formulation and evaluation of fluids for nebulization, pressurized metered-dose inhalers, dry powder aerosols, sublingual and nasal aerosols.

Much of Professor Taylor's research sits at the interface between pharmaceutical science and clinical practice. Research projects have explored the dose uniformity and stability of extemporaneously prepared formulations, the mixing of food with medicines administered to children, and drug interactions in intravenous infusion bags.

Professor Taylor is also greatly interested in the social aspects of pharmacy practice and pharmacy education, and has published numerous books, chapters and original papers in this area.

Teaching Summary

Professor Taylor's teaching is in the area of pharmaceutics, in particular: formulation science, sterile pharmaceutical production, pharmaceutical quality, medicines regulation, Good Manufacturing Practice, extemporaneous preparation of medicines, biopharmaceutics, aerosol formulation and particle size analysis. 

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