UCL School of Pharmacy

Prof Simon Gaisford

Prof Simon Gaisford

Professor of Pharmaceutics


UCL School of Pharmacy

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2012

Research summary

My research group explores and develops applications of 3D printing technology to the development and manufacture of better-performing medicines and characterises pharmaceutical products with thermal methods and isothermal microcalorimetry.

We have pioneered the use of a number of 3D printing technologies for fabrication of medicines, including fused-deposition modelling (FDM) to make PrintletsTM, stereolithography (SLA) to make hydrogels and selective laser sintering (SLS) to make oro-fast dispersing tablets. In 2020 our 3DP company, FabRx, launched a bespoke pharmaceutical printer (the MedimakerTM).

We use novel methods to characterise pharmaceutical products, focusing on isothermal microcalorimetry (IMC). In particular, we have explored the role of probiotic formulations in maintaining and improving human health and well being and have shown that probiotics can be beneficial in combating gut pathogens and in improving various disease states, including liver cirrhosis, Crohn's disease and Parkinson's disease.  Our work has featured in the Daily Mail, Express, Times, Telegraph and The Sun newspapers and we have featured on various TV shows (Trust me, I'm a Doctor and Food Unwrapped). In 2020 our research featured on 'Secrets of your supermarket food'.

Teaching summary

Professor Gaisford teaches in years 1-3 of the MPharm degree, delivering lectures on basic pharmaceutics. He also runs an MSc option (Preformulation), in which basic and advanced methods of physicochemical characterisation are introduced.

Professor Gaisford was Programme Director of the MSc in Drug Delivery from 2004-2013, a successful postgraduate course that provides transferable skills and knowledge to allow students to progress their careers in either the pharmaceutical industry or in academia. He is now Deputy Programme Director of the MSc in Pharmaceutics and MSc in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship. From 2013-2019 the was Head of the Department of Pharmaceutics.

He recently published his first undergraduate textbook,  Essentials of Pharmaceutical Preformulation (www.wiley.com/buy/978-0-470-97636-4), has a chapter in the successful undergraduate text, Aulton's Pharmaceutics and was Pharmaceutics Editor for the 2020 Edition of Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Professor Gaisford has a Chair in Pharmaceutics. He joined the School in 2003, having previously been a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Huddersfield. He undertook his PhD at the University of Kent at Canterbury, under Professor AE Beezer and then held Postdoctoral Research Assistant posts at the School with Profs DQM Craig and G Buckton. He has published 175 papers, 8 book chapters and 4 books, made the Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher list in 2019 and 2020 and is the Presenter of the YouTube Channel Pharma Drama.