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Monica Mistry

Postgraduate Research Student (CDT), Faculty of Science,



Monica Mistry studied at the University of Nottingham and graduated with a first class degree in Pharmacy (in 2012). Her undergraduate research project and a summer research placement involved the synthesis of a library of fluorescently labelled compounds for receptor activation, which laid a foundation for her enthusiasm in pursuing an avenue within research.

Following her pre-registration year within a busy community pharmacy situated in a medical practice, she successfully qualified as a UK pharmacist (in 2013). In addition to her PhD studies below, she continues to work part-time as a locum pharmacist, maintaining her passion for providing support to patients regarding their health.

In September 2013, she enrolled on a programme of PhD studies with the School of Pharmacy's Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for Targeted Therapeutics and Formulation Sciences. Within the first year she completed two training projects; the first involved investigating the influence of different surface chemistries on gelation, and the second project focused on self-assembling capabilities of peptide amphiphiles. It is the latter project that Monica now continues as her PhD project under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Allen, Prof. Barrie Kellam, Dr. Maria Marlow and industrial supervisor Dr. Nicola Cardy.

Teaching Summary

Demonstrator in various pharmacy undergraduate clinical and professional practice courses.

Research Summary

Project Title: Biophysical and surface characterisation of nail and hair as a design basis for active delivery using peptide excipients.

Supervisors: Dr. Stephanie Allen , Prof. Barrie Kellam, Dr. Maria Marlow (University of Nottingham) and Dr. Nicola Cardy (Boots Alliance).

My research focuses on the self-assembly profiles of peptide excipients, employing biophysical and surface analytical methods such as atomic force microscopy (AFM) to denote their potential as carrier vehicles. Moreover, I am interested in how these peptide excipients interact with keratin-derived surfaces, such as skin, nail and hair.

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