UCL School of Pharmacy

IFUCH91 Ijeoma Florence Uchegbu

IFUCH91 Ijeoma Florence Uchegbu

Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience


UCL School of Pharmacy

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2012

Research summary

Research in the Pharmaceutical Nanoscience group exploits fundamental physical chemistry principles to fabricate functional pharmaceutical nanoparticles - nanomedicines.  Our output stretches seamlessly from molecular design of functional pharmaceutical excipients to the dosage form's in vivo characteristics.  Our group designs and synthesises polymers which self assemble into tailored nanoparticles with the predictable, morphology, size, drug loading and drug transport properties.  We have been successful in designing pharmaceutical nanosystems which deliver: genes and siRNA to tumours, peptides to the brain via the nasal, oral and intravenous routes and nanoparticles facilitate the oral absorption of hydrophobic drugs.  Our work is being commercialised via a UCL spin out company - Nanomerics Ltd.   


Ijeoma Uchegbu obtained her PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London.  Ijeoma is Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCL), UCL’s Pro-Vice Provost for Africa and The Middle East, the Provosts’ Envoy for Race Equality and Chief Scientific Officer of Nanomerics Ltd.  Nanomerics is a UCL spin out company, which was founded by Ijeoma and Andreas G. Schätzlein (http://www.nanomerics.com/).  Nanomerics recently licensed NM133 to Iacta Pharmaceuticals.  Nanomerics also recently won first prize for its Molecular Envelope Technology at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2017 in the Health category. 

Ijeoma has been awarded various prizes for her work, notably the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills’ Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 2012 and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovative Science Award 2016.   Ijeoma was elected to the Controlled Release Society College of Fellows in 2013 and was made an Eminent Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2013.  Ijeoma was also elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2021 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2022. Ijeoma is the editor of three books, a named inventor on 11 granted patents and has authored over 120 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  Ijeoma’s research has been featured on BBC Woman’s Hour and more recently in The Guardian.  Ijeoma is also a Wellcome governor and sits on the Wellcome board.