UCL School of Pharmacy

Dr Maryam Parhizkar

Dr Maryam Parhizkar

Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Engineering (NGU)


UCL School of Pharmacy

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2019

Research summary

Dr Parhizkar's principle area of research is focused on the development and design of Drug Delivery platforms and Biomaterials Processing techniques. In addition, her research interest and expertise are described below:

  • Development and optimisation of processing/fabrication techniques such as microfluidics, electrospraying and electrospinning
  • Nanofibres scaffolds for wound healing and drug delivery
  • Advanced encapsulation methods using polymeric nanocarriers for optimised delivery, with particular emphasis on delivery of anticancer agents
  • Nano drug delivery systems (NDDs) for multiple agent delivery for improved radiosensitization of tumour cells and overcoming multi drug resistance (MDR)
  • Advanced bioprocessing methods and scale up for commercial applications 
  • Pulmonary nanomedicine and methods to analyse the effective delivery of therapeutic nanomaterials to pulmonary tissue
  • Developing ‘personalised’ solutions that utilise micro- and nanoscale technologies to enable a range of therapies
  • Next generation of advanced life sciences tools (organ-on-chips) for accurate pharmaceutical prediction of drug performance

Teaching summary

Programme co-Director of MSc Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship

PHAY0006: Medicines from the Bench to the Clinic

PHAY0037: Nanomedicines

PHAY0040: Polymers in Drug Delivery

PHAY0050: Formulations Project

MECH0040:Applicationsof Biomedical Engineering


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow | 2017
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
Brunel University
Other higher degree, Master of Engineering | 2007


Dr Parhizkar was appointed as a lecturer in Pharmaceutical Engineering at UCL School of Pharmacy in 2019. She studied Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University and obtained her MEng degree in 2007. She then joined Jacobs engineering consultancy and was involved in a number of engineering and design projects. Following a few years of experience in industry, she decided to carry out her Doctoral research in the field of Biomaterials Processing at University College London under the supervision of Prof Mohan Edirisnghe. Her PhD research involved investigative experimental multiphase flow studies to optimise microfluidic processing technique for high throughput production of coated microbubbles. She explored novel methods of processing protein-coated microbubbles as platforms for design of 3D scaffolds. Upon completion of her PhD degree, she was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working on an EPSRC funded project (EP/L026287/1: A new Nano particulate vehicle for ultrasound enhanced delivery of Cisplatin), exploring methods of optimised delivery of a potent anticancer agent, cisplatin, for treatment of Head and Neck cancer. During her Post-Doctoral work experience, she collaborated with Eastman Dental Institute, UCL School of Pharmacy and Cancer Institute (Department of Oncology) as well as Oxford University Institute of Biomedical Engineering. She then undertook a lectureship appointment at University of East London (UEL) and were involved in the development and teaching of the new Mechanical Engineering BEng programme.