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Prof Andrews’ research sits at the interface between pharmaceutical sciences and chemical engineering with the aim of challenging the traditional methods commonly used to manufacture oral dosage forms.

The group have a strong interest in solubility enhancement of poorly soluble therapeutics and the use of advanced technologies for manufacture of multi-drug therapies. The group aims to explore the capabilities of innovative continuous processes and to build an understanding of the interrelation between formulation and processing factors and the impact these have upon end product performance.


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PhD and Post-doctoral openings in the field of preclinical oral dose development including targeted drug delivery, amorphous solid dispersions, Hot-Melt Extrusion, 3D printing, continuous processing and PAT.


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School of Pharmacy

Gavin Andrews

Professor Gavin Andrews (PI) - is Chair of Pharmaceutical Engineering and has research interests in oral dose preformulation, enablement technologies for poorly water-soluble drugs including amorphous solid dispersions and cocrystals and pharmaceutical technologies including HME, IM and 3D printing. 


Research students

PhD Title: Development of Novel Orally Administered Formulations for the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

Name: Sae’ed Marji
Years of Study: 2013-2017
Country: Jordan

PhD Title: Development of novel orally administered formulations for the treatment of colorectal cancer

Name: Niamh Heron
Years of Study: 2014-2017 
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD Title: Solid Dispersion Orally Administered Drug Delivery Platforms with Improved Bioavailability

Name: Simisola Adebunmola Oladeji 
Years of Study: 2017-2020
Country: Nigeria

PhD Title: Continuous Processing of Pharmaceutical Cocrystals

Name: Mihail Kozarev
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Bulgaria

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Tim Brannigan

PhD Title: Development, Characterisation and Processing of Supersaturating Celecoxib Solid Dispersions for Oral Drug Delivery Using Hot Melt Extrusion

Years of Study: 2013-2017
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Pharma Services Almac Employee

Dr Yiwei Tian

PhD Title: An Investigation of the Physicochemical Parameters That Influeence the Stability of Amorphous Drug Dispersions

Years of Study: 2009-2014
Country: Chinese
Current position: Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

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