UCL School of Pharmacy


New staff members at the UCL School of Pharmacy

9 July 2020

Times have been challenging during the lockdown but the UCL School of Pharmacy is celebrating an array of newcomers, amazing scientists, great teachers and team members.

At a time when we are all talking about the need for new medicines, we've recruited three new colleagues in Drug Discovery, one in Pharmacology, two in Pharmaceutics, six in Pharmacy Practice, and a new member of our Professional Services staff. Let’s welcome them virtually prior to doing it in person!

New School of Pharmacy staff July 2020

The Research Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry (PBC) will have 3 new outstanding members of staff arriving in July.

  • Dr Rachael Dickman, currently a research fellow in the UCL Department of Chemistry, is interested in the development of cyclic peptides.
  • Dr Esther Woon's research centres on developing chemical probes, biosensors and nanomachines to study epigenetic targets.
  • Dr Zoe Waller's expertise is in unusual structures formed by DNA, such as i-motifs, that are important in the understanding of several diseases.

Professor Matthew Todd, head PBC since September 2018, said "I'm so pleased to welcome three such talented individuals to the Department and to the School of Pharmacy community. We are building a major centre of expertise in drug discovery here - one that is committed to research innovation, high quality teaching and a long-standing focus on collegiality in the workplace. Rachael, Esther and Zoe will fit in perfectly with these priorities, and I'm looking forward to learning from them. After an extensive selection process, it was gratifying to find that the three best candidates were women. There has long been an under-representation of female academics in the chemical sciences, with knock-on effects on faculty role models for aspiring female ECRs. We have some distance to travel yet to achieve the balance we all want, but one could not hope for three more inspiring and committed individuals to be joining us."  

These appointments are in addition to:

  • Dr Claudia Manzoni who brings a new bioinformatics perspective on genetic and biochemical pathways of neurological disease to the Research Department of Pharmacology.
  • Dr Dario Carugo, whose research interests lie in ultrasound-mediated and microfluidic-based manufacturing platforms expands the range of areas of drug delivery science explored in the Research Department of Pharmaceutics.
  • Luc Harris-Jukes (Technician) has also joined the Pharmaceutics department in 2020.
  • Anika Ahmad, Adenola Olayide, Jennifer Boyd (Teaching Fellows), Amira Shaikh (Senior Teaching Fellow), Chao Wang (Greenlight Teacher Practitioner) and Alexander Ghanouni (Research Fellow) in the Research Department of Practice and Policy.
  • Lavon Hendricks (Assessments and Programmes Manager)

The UCL School of Pharmacy holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is working towards Silver.

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