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Ijeoma Uchegbu

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Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu

Awards: Woman of Outstanding Achievement award in Science Engineering and Technology, 2007


Youthful, trendy and down-to-earth, Ijeoma is an inspirational role model to women, ethnic minorities and people from disadvantaged communities.

Ijeoma Uchegbu is Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the UCL School of Pharmacy, London.  Ijeoma Uchegbu is also Chief Scientific Officer of Nanomerics, a spin out company from the UCL School of Pharmacy in London. 

She obtained her PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 1994, was appointed to a lectureship within the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Strathclyde University in 1997 and a Chair in Drug Delivery at Strathclyde University in 2002.  In 2006 Ijeoma was appointed to the Chair in Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the School of Pharmacy and in 2010 Ijeoma founded Nanomerics with Andreas G. Schätzlein.   Nanomerics is a speciality pharmaceutical company focused on exploiting pharmaceutical nanotechnology platforms (http://www.nanomerics.com/) for medicines development.    

Ijeoma’s research in pharmaceutical nanoscience has provided insights into nanoparticle design for drug delivery, producing nanosystems (nanomedicines) that promote oral drug absorption, peptide drug transport to the brain and, in collaboration with Andreas Schätzlein, gene/ siRNA transport to experimental tumours. 

Ijeoma is the former Scientific Secretary of the Controlled Release Society (CRS), a learned society with over 2,000 members, with interests in the delivery of pharmaceuticals, former Chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Great Britain and the former Academia Expert on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ Science Engineering and Technology Strategy for Women Expert Group.

Ijeoma has been awarded various prizes for her work, notably the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills’ Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award (http://www.theukrc.org/women/women-of-outstanding-achievement/2007-collection/professor-ijeoma-uchegbu) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 2012.

Ijeoma is the editor of two books, a named inventor on 9 granted patents and 11 patent families. Ijeoma has also authored over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

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