Nanomedicine and Biotherapeutics

Development of novel technologies and targeted therapies for advanced healthcare solutions.

Research in this theme is focused on the development of novel technologies and targeted therapies for advanced healthcare solutions. Activities are concentrated on the development of unique genetic therapies and delivery systems that can be applied for the detection and treatment of cancer, the development of novel strategies for the detection, characterisation and inhibition of proteases implicated in chronic diseases, the isolation and characterisation of bioactive peptides for potential therapeutic use and computational biology for drug design and molecular modelling. 

Research themes and areas of activity

Anticancer therapeutics


Professor Helen McCarthy

Dr Fiona Furlong

Dr Jonathan Coulter

Dr Irina Tikhonova

Dr Niamh Buckley

Dr Wafa Al-Jamal


Research activities are focussed on a greater understanding of the molecular interactions and development of unique genetic therapies that can be applied for the detection and treatment of highly aggressive metastatic disease.

Nano-delivery of macromolecules


Professor Helen McCarthy

Dr Jonathan Coulter

Dr Wafa Al-Jamal


Research activities are focussed on the design and synthesis of nanotechnologies as local and systemic delivery systems for DNA, RNAi, miRNA, and Au nanoparticle therapies.

Proteases in Disease


Professor Lorraine Martin

Dr James Burrows

Dr Roberta Burden


Research activities are focussed on the development of novel strategies for the detection, characterisation and inhibition of proteases implicated in chronic diseases including respiratory, cardiovascular, cancer and infection with an emphasis on ion channel modulation, inflammatory microenvironments and immune signalling.

Natural Peptides


Dr Tianbao Chen

Dr Mei Zhou

Dr Lei Wang


Research activities are focussed on the isolation and characterisation of bioactive peptides derived from animal venoms in order to discover novel antimicrobial, anticancer, antidiabetic, antihypertensive and immunostimulating therapeutic agents.

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