Meet our PhD students

Tanweer Ziad Khalil Al-Dagamin

Supervisors: Prof Abina M Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Joseph O’Shea, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Enhancing oral drug delivery of poorly water-soluble drugs: Investigating the role of the
intermolecular interactions on drug loading and release from mesoporous silica

I am Palestinian- Jordanian.

The overall aim of my research is to tackle the issue related to the poor water-solubility of a model drug, ritonavir, and enhance its oral bioavailability by developing a mesoporous silica drug delivery system. In relation to my research impact, and by taking PhD program, I can contribute to the School’s and wider UCC community engagement and Internationalization initiatives. As a member in a Cork migrant Centre, I will support the School’s Civic Engagement initiatives to support these migrant groups through outreach activities.

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9034-6504 

Rasha Alshaikh

Supervisors: Prof Christian Waeber, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Katie Ryan, School of Pharmacy, UCC.

Project Title: Hydrogels for the intraocular delivery  of sphingosine -1-phosphate agents in the management of retinal diseases

I am a pharmacist from Egypt and my PhD is funded by the Irish Research Council. My project investigates the potential therapeutic role of different sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors (S1PR) modulators in retinal diseases. The project also aims to develop a sustained drug release platform for S1PR modulators (or other small molecules) delivered via intravitreal injection in retinal disease.

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2747-5084 

Shauna Colette Bell

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Supervisors: Dr Helen Kelly, School of Clinical Therapies, UCC; Dr Laura Sahm, School of Pharmacy, UCC. 

Project Title: Medication Adherence in Aphasia

Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder, which typically occurs following damage to the language centres of the brain, most commonly post-stroke. These patients are often prescribed many different types of medication as part of their treatment and management plans. However, there is a high risk of medication non-adherence among this cohort which, when left unaddressed, may result in significant increases in morbidity, mortality, and health care expenses. Therefore, this research aims to characterise the barriers and facilitators to medication adherence in a population with aphasia, and to design a tailored intervention specific to the needs of this patient group.

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2326-3498  

Darren Breathnach

Supervisors: Dr Laura Sahm, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Michelle O'Driscoll, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Anne Horgan, Medical Oncologist, University Hospital Waterford

Project Title: Evaluation of the Impact of Pharmacist Interventions in a Geriatric Oncology Setting

I'm originally from Cork and attended the School of Pharmacy in UCC for my undergraduate degree.

This practice based research aims to reduce the rate of hospitalisation in older adults with cancer, by optimising their medication in the geriatric oncology clinic in UHW. 

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6840-0495

Kevin Anthony Casey

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Supervisors: Dr Kieran Dalton, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Stephen Byrne, Deputy President and Registrar, UCC

Project Title: Exploring the pharmacist’s role in the integrated care of the older person in Ireland

I am from Kilkenny and studied Pharmacy at Trinity College Dublin. This doctoral research aims to demonstrate the role that a pharmacist can play in the integrated care of older persons and to develop materials to enhance a multidisciplinary teams’ delivery of care for older adults.

Evelyn Deasy

Supervisors: Prof Stephen Byrne, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr. Kieran Dalton, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Cristin Ryan, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCD.

Project Title: Development of an entrustable professional activity model for postgraduate advanced pharmacy practice competency enablement and assurance in the Republic of Ireland.

I am the Pharmacy Education and Research Manager in Tallaght University Hospital Dublin. This employment-based PhD is an opportunity to bring together the expertise of hospital-based practitioners with the rigour of academia.  The research will explore and develop models to enable hospital pharmacists achieve competency and professional readiness to deliver advanced pharmacy practice including independent prescribing. 

Jennifer Dooley

Supervisors: Dr Kevin Murphy, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Katie Ryan, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Margaret Bermingham, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Marie-Claire Jago Byrne, Chief I Pharmacist, Naas General Hospital; Ciarán O'Flaherty, Chief I Pharmacist, Naas General Hospital

Project Title: Developing and implementing a pharmacy-led strategy to improve patient safety on discharge from an acute hospital setting by reducing medication errors.

I'm Jenn, an MPharm 2020 graduate of UCC from Mountmellick in Laois, working as a Clinical Pharmacist in Naas General Hospital and completing a part-time PhD with the UCC CoMH. The PhD aims to reduce prescribing errors made on patient discharge from acute hospital to community. Continuing on previous work completed in the area of medicines reconciliation on admission, this PhD project will assess the impact of discharge prescriptions on key stakeholders in hospital and community settings, and then will examine the effectiveness and acceptability of a novel intervention/strategy to improve medication safety on discharge. In the short-term the research could reduce the amount of time spent by hospital pharmacists, community pharmacists and GPs spent resolving queries/errors and possibly expand the role of current hospital pharmacy technicians to include medicine reconciliation/accuracy checking of discharge prescriptions. In the long term, the research will directly benefit patients by reducing hazards associated with inappropriate medication use and reduce costs on the healthcare system associated with time spent by HCPs along with costs of admission/readmissions related directly to medication error.

John Donal Downey

Supervisors: Dr Katie Ryan, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Abina Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Probing the impact of protein/peptide adsorption onto solid-substrates on functional behaviour and stability

Hello, my name is John Downey and I'm from Cork!

I joined the EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies as a PhD student of the SSPC in 2020. My research investigates the effect of different material properties on protein/peptide adsorption behavior and the consequent impact on protein functional behavior and stability. I am also examining formulation design to mitigate the risk of protein adsorption to manufacturing equipment and packaging materials.

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9929-5555 

Annachiara Dozzo

Supervisors: Dr Katie Ryan, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Caitriona O'Driscoll, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Novel, bioinspired bone-on-chip model to simulate prostate cancer bone metastases and evaluate targeted drug therapies

I am from Italy.
The project aims to develop a device which will be used as tool to evaluate efficacy and toxicity of novel and already in use therapeutics to obtain more relevant clinical results without recurring to in vivo models such as mice. Overall, the aim is to provide a more physiologically relevant bone on-chip model suitable as a preclinical tool to address the limitations associated with the use of common 2D models.

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1352-3305 

Lotte Ejskjr

Supervisors: Prof Brendan Griffin, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Patrick O’Dwyer, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Martin Kuentz, Institute of Pharma Technology, FHNW; Dr Renè Holm, Janssen Pharmaceutica 

Project Title: Molecular dynamics simulations to predict drug supersaturation in microemulsion formulations 

I am from Denmark.

My PhD project is a part of the EU InPharma project with an overall goal to develop 'A fully integrated, animal-free, end-to-end modelling approach to oral drug product development'.


The aim of my project is to develop computational tools to support a rational and science-based approach to selecting microemulsion formulations for new drug candidates, and use multivariate analysis and machine learning techniques to predict extent of supersaturation in microemulsion using large drug datasets. In the end, molecular dynamics will be used to provide insights into microemulsion droplet structure and solubilisation capacity for drugs.

Ayat Elgammal

Supervisors: Prof Abina Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Margaret Bermingham, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Assessment of oral liquid antibiotic formulations with the focus on organoleptic properties that impact paediatric acceptability.

I am from Egypt.

The overall aim of my project is to design and characterise set of placebo formulations that mimic the commercial oral liquid antibiotic formulations to improve the organoleptic properties and enhance the paediatric acceptability.

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3305-3363 

Aida Lopez Espinar

Supervisors: Dr Piotr Kowalski, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Sonja Vucen, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Application of controlled polymerization methods for the synthesis of novel degradable polymers for RNA delivery to non-liver tissues.

I am an organic chemist from Barcelona.

I am studying the application of controlled polymerization methods for the synthesis of novel degradable polymers for RNA delivery to non-liver tissues, and evaluate their efficacy and safety for the treatment of sepsis induced multiple organ failure.

Andrew Fagan

Supervisors: Prof Abina Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Brendan Griffin, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Joey O'Shea, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Predicting in-vivo performance from pharmaceutical tablet manufacturing data

I am from a small town called Kinnegad in Westmeath. I recently graduated from DCU with a BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

I recently started my PhD as part of the EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies. The goal of my project is to develop a modelling approach which relates the variability of the tablet manufacturing process, to the in-vivo performance, e.g. oral bioavailability and pharmacokinetics, of solid dosage forms. The motivation of this modelling approach is to define a basis for setting more rational pharmaceutical processing and product specifications in line with the Quality by Design approach to pharmaceutical manufacturing. 

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0177-4019 

Ita Fitzgerald

Supervisors: Dr Laura Sahm, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Erin Crowley, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: The evidence-based management of antipsychotic-induced weight gain - from research to practice

I am a senior pharmacist working in mental health in St Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin. My PhD project focuses on translating the best available, evidence-based strategies in the management of antipsychotic-induced weight gain into practice. The aims of this project are to identify those who are at highest risk of experiencing significant weight gain at baseline, optimise the use of early interventions to manage weight gain, promote evidence-based antipsychotic prescribing, and improve patient-important outcomes amongst antipsychotic users.

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9570-8823 

Theodoros Giakoumis

Supervisors: Prof Brendan Griffin, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Caitriona O'Driscoll, School of Pharmacy, UCC;
Dr Joey O'Shea, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: The  influence  of  altered  gut  microbiota  on  the  metabolism  of  and  drug  release from bacterially-triggered film coated colonic drug delivery for patients with IBD: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

I come from Athens, Greece and I studied Biochemistry at the University of Essex in UK where I also completed my Masters Degree in Cancer Biology with a focused interest on colorectal cancer and diseases.

A common characteristic of patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is the alteration of gut microbiota complicating the formulation process of colon targeted drugs. My project is focusing on the development of novel bacterially triggered film coatings to optimize drug release in an in vivo pig model in which the gut microbiota will be altered. I believe that my project can shed light on understanding more about colon targeted drug formulations and the role of microbiota under IBD conditions.

Claudia Giannachi

Supervisors: Prof Abina M Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Design of protein-based formulations to enable compression under ambient conditions

I'm from Italy, I graduated in Pharmacy at University of Ferrara.

The aim of my project is to develop freeze-dried insulin formulations that can be for inclusion into a direct compression tablet. The impact of the PhD was very good, thanks to my supervisor, and also because in the previous months I worked as a research assistant in the same field.

Anne Harnett

Supervisors: Dr Laura Sahm, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Stephen Byrne, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Innovative solutions to overcome swallowing difficulties in the older adult.

The research aims to explore the issues faced by healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists) and patients when hospital inpatients have a swallowing difficulty that affects their ability to receive medicine as an oral solid dose form, tablet or capsule. 

Clara Heinrich

Supervisors: Dr Maria Donovan, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Suzanne McCarthy School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Sheena McHugh, School of Public Health, UCC

Project Title: Deprescribing for Older Adults in Long Term Care Facilities in Ireland: A Mixed-Methods Study

Hello! My name is Clara and I am from Tralee in Co. Kerry.

I am a Pharmacist and PhD Student with the School of Pharmacy in UCC.
My research investigates healthcare professional's engagement with deprescribing, in long-term care facilities in Ireland. The aim of the project is to facilitate deprescribing in this setting, to improve prescription appropriateness for older adults.

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8296-4393  

Sophia Hoffmann

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Supervisors: Prof Brendan Griffin, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Joey O'Shea, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Site Specific Delivery of RNA Therapies in the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract

I am a licensed pharmacist from Passau, Germany.

I studied pharmacy at Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg in Germany. My research project is part of the Horizon Europe project GENEGUT, whose aim is to create a first-of-its-kind, game-changing treatment for ileal Crohn’s Disease, addressing a significant unmet medical need, by making major advances in RNA-delivery technology to inflamed sites in the gut following oral administration. My work within this project focuses on site specific delivery of RNA therapies in the lower gastrointestinal tract.

Eoin Hurley

Supervisors: Prof Stephen Byrne, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Kieran Dalton, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Elaine Walsh, Department of General Practice, UCC; Dr Tony Foley, Department of General Practice, UCC

Project Title: The expansion of the pharmacist's role in primary care in Ireland: a mixed methods study.

Kinsale, Co. Cork.
My PhD aims to seek to understand the feasibility and potential benefit of the use of pharmacy services within the general practice environment in Ireland, by establishing an evidence base using both qualitative and quantitative methods. With the hope that this would lead to better clinical and economic outcomes at both patient and national levels.

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6895-8061

Brian Michael Kerins

Supervisors: Dr Abina Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Designing a continuous process for manufacturing drug-silica formulations

I've been based in Cork many years, and it's where I completed my undergraduate pharmacy degree and where I got the opportunity to work in a pharmaceutical company.

The focus of my current research is to investigate continuous manufacturing processes for drug-silica formulations. These novel products have the potential to overcome the challenges posed by poor water-soluble drugs.

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2626-8246 

Laura Koenitz

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Supervisors: Dr Sonja Vucen, School of Pharmacy, UCC and Prof Abina Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Non-invasive delivery of peptide and protein drugs via skin route

I am from Germany and have recently obtained a degree in pharmacy from the University of Leipzig, Germany.

In September 2022, I started my PhD with the EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies. My PhD project will investigate the non-invasive delivery of macromolecular drugs via the skin route. After developing a microneedle formulation, it will focus on the in vitro assessment of the dermal bioavailability of the protein drug. Additionally, the project will examine in silico simulations assessing possible factors that affect the drug’s in vivo performance.

Emily Knox

Supervisors: Prof Catriona O'Drilscoll, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof John Cryan, Anatomy and Neuroscience, APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC; Prof Gerard Clarke, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science, APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC; Dr Maria Rodriguez Aburto, APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC

Project Title: Mechanistic insights in the role of bacterial metabolites in blood-brain barrier physiology

I am from Massachusetts, where I graduated from Stonehill College with a BS in biology and then worked in Dr Anastasia Khvororva's lab at University of Massachusetts Medical School.

I am currently working on discovering how gut microbial derived metabolites directly alter blood-brain barrier (BBB) physiology and the mechanisms through which the identified metabolites act. This work will further elucidate the pathways of communication in along the gut-brain-axis and enable us to exploit selected metabolites to manipulate BBB integrity in health and disease.

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3741-7339 

Ayse Kont

Supervisors: Prof Caitriona O'Driscoll

Project Title: Design and Synthesis of new Biomimetic Materials with tunable Biodistribution Profiles for RNA delivery in Gene Therapy focusing on Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Germany, Turkish-German, creating a library of biocompatible excipients for the delivery of nucleic acids for diseases with high unmet clinical needs such as leukemia.

Justus Lange

Supervisors: Prof Brendan Griffin, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Patrick O'Dwyer, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Modelling drug-excipient solubilisation interactions to predict excipient selection

I am from Germany, where I graduated as a pharmacist in May 2021 from the University of Greifswald.

In June 2021, I commenced my PhD project as part of the InPharma ITN with the goal of contributing to 'A fully integrated, animal-free, end-to-end modelling approach to oral drug product development'.

This contribution includes the development of new approaches for predicting the optimal excipient selection for solubilised systems with a focus on micellar systems in preformulation. Computational tools such as Quantitative Structure Property Relationships and Molecular dynamics simulations will be used to take the guesswork out of selecting the right excipient.

Adam Lannon

Supervisors: Dr Rachel D. Moloney, School of Pharmacy, Dept. of Pharmacology, UCC; Prof John F Cryan, APC Microbiome, Dept. of Anatomy and Neuroscience, UCC

Project Title: Investigating the role of the gut microbiota in traumatic stress​

I was born in Wexford, Ireland, but spent most of my life living in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA before moving to Cork in October 2020.

I am researching trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, with a keen interest in the prospective role of the gut microbiome. I intend to further understand the neurocircuitry and molecular underpinning of trauma and find how the systems link with the gut microbiome. Hopefully, this will lead to finding better treatment options for those suffering from PTSD and other trauma-induced disorders.

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0177-4019 

Lyndsey Elizabeth Moore

Supervisors: Dr Anne Moore, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC;  Dr Sonja Vucen, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Dissolvable Microneedle Vaccine Development and Formulation

I'm from Florida, where I graduated from the University of Tampa with my BS in Biochemistry.

I currently work with dissolvable microneedle vaccine patches. I am working on scaling up our current methods for industrial production, as well as refining the vaccine formulations. Vaccines in microneedle patches are more stable and have a longer shelf-life than vaccines in liquid and are a lot easier to administer compared to injecting with a needle and syringe. This work has the potential to deploy vaccines to hard-to-reach regions, areas without sufficient refrigeration, and eventually permit self-administration of vaccines within your own home and allow us to stockpile vaccines so they will be ready and available when the next epidemic or pandemic occurs.

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9014-2947 

Lianne Mariska Mulder

Supervisors: Dr Piotr Kowalski, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Katie Ryan, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Development of a RNA-based therapeutic intervention for the treatment of sepsis by targeting the diseased endothelium.

I am a Dutch postgraduate student with a biomedical background in Microbiology and Immunology, who is passionate about translational research aiming to help people suffering from infectious diseases.

I have joined the newly established group of Dr. Piotr Kowalski at the School of Pharmacy in the summer of 2020. My PhD project, funded by the Health Research Board, combines my interests in gene therapy, endothelial biology and infectious diseases as I will be developing a RNA-based approach to target diseased endothelial cells to treat sepsis-induced multiple organ failure. This research is expected to aid to RNA delivery technology and has the potential to be translated into clinic for the treatment of sepsis.

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3617-7188 

Jack Denis Murray

Supervisors: Prof Brendan Griffin, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Patrick O’Dwyer, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof. René Holm, University of Southern Denmark; Prof. Martin Kuentz, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Project Title: Applying Artificial Intelligence Tools in Drug Formulation Development – A Machine Learning Approach for Novel Formulation Design

I’m from Cork City and studied Pharmacy at UCC for my undergrad.

The aim of my project is to use artificial intelligence to predict the formulation design that will maximise exposure to poorly water soluble drugs. I will create a large database of recently approved oral formulations with poorly water soluble APIs. Machine learning techniques will be applied to model the interplay between drug, excipients, and bioavailability. Finally, a new bioactive material will be designed based on the information supplied by the algorithm constructed to improve in-vivo exposure.

Michael Neary

Supervisors: Dr Katie Ryan, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Abina M Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Piotr Kowalski, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Interrogating the processing and formulation of biologicals using novel techniques to ensure safe and efficacious medicines

I am from Freshford, Co. Kilkenny and I’m a BPharm graduate from the UCC School of Pharmacy.

The focus of my project is to investigate the impact of a number of novel processing techniques such as microfluidics and electrospraying on the stability and functionality of biological formulations, specifically those delivering RNA. By doing so, this project aims to support the expansion of processing techniques suitable for RNA therapeutics.

Nicolas Pätzmann

Supervisors: Prof Brendan Griffin, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Patrick O’Dwyer, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Martin Kuentz, Institute of Pharma Technology, FHNW; Dr Josef Beranek, Zentiva N.V.

Project Title: Computational tools to predict co-grinding approaches to overcome dissolution rate limited absorption

Hey, my name is Nicolas, I am from Bielefeld, Germany and I studied Pharmacy at the University of Münster.

In my studies, I focus on dissolution enhancement through grinding of active pharmaceutical ingredients with excipients. Co-ground formulations will be investigated by characterizing prototype formulations with different methods. Results from the characterization investigations and data from releasing experiments enable me to develop predictive models of dissolution rate enhancement as a function of drug and excipient properties by applying multivariate data analysis and machine learning.

The PhD project is funded by the European Union and is involved in the InPharma consortium that aims in general to create “A fully integrated, animal-free, end-to-end modelling approach to oral drug product development”.

Maja Railic

Supervisors: Dr Sonja Vucen, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Abina Crean, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Dissolvable microneedle systems for enhanced percutaneous absorption and bioavailability of medicines for paediatric population

My name is Maja and I am a pharmacist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

My project is focused on designing drug-loaded dissolvable microneedle (DMN) systems with the aim of enhancing percutaneous absorption and bioavailability of medicines for paediatric population. Also, I am interested in PBPK computational models which can provide accurate predictions of drug performance in humans and curious whether in vitro studies can be translated to in vivo situations using emerging in silico techniques such as PBPK models.

Miguel Ramôa

Supervisors: Dr Piotr Kowalski, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Prof Caitriona O'Driscoll, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Development of polymeric nanocarriers for oral delivery of RNA for targeted treatment of ileal Crohn's disease

I am a bioengineer from Porto, Portugal.

My research project is embedded in the GENEGUT Research and Innovation Action, whose aim is to develop a first-in-class oral RNA-based therapy to treat ileal Crohn's disease. My work will focus on developing nanocarriers based on novel polymer biomaterials to safely deliver the RNA medicine to the inflamed portion of the intestine.

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7775-2508 

Callum Ryan

Supervisors: Prof Brendan Griffin, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Joey O'Shea, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Designing Food-independent Formulations for Oncology/Geriatric Patients

I am from Headford, Co. Galway

The focus of this project will be to develop novel, food-independent formulations for oncology/geriatric patients. Formulation strategies to eliminate food effects such as lipid-based formulations will be explored. Strategies to maximise dose loading such as employing lipophilic salts will also be explored.

Mala Shah

Supervisors: Dr Aoife Fleming, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Teresa Barbosa, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care

I am the Senior Antimicrobial Pharmacist for Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.

I am passionate about prudent antibiotic use to preserve their usefulness for future generations. I plan to investigate the potential for point of care diagnostics to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use in Ireland. I hope that my employment-based PhD will enable my work to inform research and vice versa.

Patricia Brid Sheehan

Supervisors: Dr Aoife Fleming, School of Pharmacy, UCC; Dr Aislinn Joy, School of Medicine, UCC; Dr Suzanne McCarthy, School of Pharmacy, UCC

Project Title: Human Factors and Patient Safety

A multidisciplinary project focusing on Human Factors in the Patient Safety context.

Human Factors is defined as ""the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimise human wellbeing and overall system performance""

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