Dr Garry Laverty


Dr. Laverty's Biofunctional Nanomaterials group research the development of nanostructures for biomedical applications based on the building blocks of life (e.g. peptides). They form nanofibrous hydrogels or nanotubular structures with high surface to volume ratios in the presence of specific stimuli (e.g. pH, temperature, enzymes). They have huge potential within drug delivery and biomaterials with the group's focus primarily on the development of antimicrobial/anticancer technologies and molecules with the ability to transverse the biological barriers (e.g. blood-brain barrier).

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Open to PhD applications in the field of peptide-based materials, drug delivery, biomaterials, antimicrobial drug design.

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PUBLIC OUTREACH and key achievements

Dr Laverty’s work on the use of short peptide gels against resistant biofilm forms of hospital superbugs attracted interest from national and international media outlets including BBC, RTE and UTV television and radio, The Belfast Telegraph, The Irish Times, WTOP radio Washington D.C and abc News.

Research students

PhD Title: Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Name: Mrs Rawan Huwaitat
Years of Study: 2014-2017
Country: Jordan

PhD Title: Ultrashort Self-assembled Peptides for Tumour Specific Drug Delivery

Name: Mr Simon Porter
Years of Study: 2015-2018
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD Title: Antiviral Peptide Prodrugs for Practical Formulation and Enhanced Vaginal Drug Absorption of HIV and HSV-2 Microbicides

Name: Miss Sophie Gilmore 
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Northern Ireland

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Alice McCloskey

PhD Title: Self-assembled Peptide Nanomaterials for the Prevention of Biomaterial Infection

Years of Study: 3
Country: Ireland
Current position: Research Fellow RSCI Dublin

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