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Dermatologists, GPs, Pharmacists and Scientists

Daniel Kirby
Dr. Daniel Kirby

I have been in my current role as lecturer in pharmaceutics since 2010.

I studied for a PhD on the subject of formulation and characterisation of particulate delivery systems for TB vaccines, again at Aston University, under the supervision of Prof. Yvonne Perrie.

Before taking up my current role, I was an Aston based post-doc, acting as Formulation Research Fellow for the UK Medicines for Children Research Network.

Based within the pharmaceutics laboratories of Aston Pharmacy School, my main area of research is the formulation of age-appropriate medicines for the extremes of life - paediatric and geriatric populations - with a focus on the identification of priorities for further research in older, established medicines, as well as the use of polymer based systems and alternative dosage forms to improve acceptability and practicality of medicines by, for example, extending stability and providing taste-masking.

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Dr. Sumyra Begum

I am a GP working in Birmingham. I graduated as a medical doctor from Southampton Medical School. I have a keen interest in Dermatology.

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Julian Smith
Dr. Julian Smith

I am a registered pharmacist and an EU Qualified Person and has been a hospital pharmacist for much of my professional career. My time in hospital has been spent in “technical services” mainly Quality Assurance, where I have been involved in the manufacture of Pharmaceutical “Specials” in licensed Production Units. My last role in the NHS was as the All Wales Quality Assurance Pharmacist, a post he left in November 2012. During my career I have taken brief detours into both community pharmacy and academia.

I have been a lecturer in pharmaceutics at Aston University. My PhD is in transdermal drug delivery and this was where I developed his passion for formulation development which has driven my career. I became a director at Viridian Pharma where I was involved in developing and applying for licensed pharmaceutical products. I am a Qualified Person in the Pharmaceutical Industry and have mentored a number people to Qualified Persons Status.

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Dr. Hiep Huatan

After leaving Nottingham, I completed an internship at Pfizer and subsequently gained an award from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to undertake a PhD in Polymeric Drug Delivery at Manchester University.

Following my PhD, I returned to Pfizer as a research scientist, progressing rapidly through the ranks to become one of the youngest section managers in the company.

I was subsequently appointed to departmental manager with responsibility for the development of Pfizer’s portfolio of new drugs.

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Professor Afzal Mohammed

I am a Professor of Pharmaceutics and Head of Pharmaceutics at Aston University. I am an internationally leading scientist and a key opinion leader in particle engineering and paediatric formulation development. I am the lead inventor of a patented novel dry particle coating technology (WO 2016/066462 A1). I set up Aston Particle Technologies Ltd ( in July 2016 to unlock the commercial potential for the technology.

The translational interface of my research is funded by grants from various bodies including MRC, EPSRC, BBSRC and NC3R as well as funding from various international pharmaceutical companies and INNOVATE UK. I have presented my research findings at major national and international conferences and was awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2017. Research from my group has led to a total of 102 publications which include research articles, review papers, journal editorials, book chapters, PhD theses, published conference proceedings and patent applications as well as over 80 abstracts at various national and international conferences. I serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Pharmaceutics as well as BMC Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology and is on the editorial board for four other journals including Nature Scientific Reports.

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Roderick Stewart

I am an expert drug delivery formulation scientist. I am PhD research scientist. My Previous industry experience as a Research Associate as a Senior Analytical/Formulation Chemist coupled with my academic background puts me in a unique position to be hands on with product development from API candidate to final product formulation, assay development and testing.

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John Gumm
Dr. John Gumm

I’m a PhD chemist with 3 years of experience in pharmaceutical analysis. I have 4 years Post-Doctoral lab experience in materials synthesis and analysis including cleanroom silicon chip processes, with excellent communication, teaching and teamwork skills. I have 13 years of creative teaching experience incorporating techniques such as 3D printing and laser cutting into a science curriculum aimed at inspiring and stimulating the next generation of scientists and creators.

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AI Scientists

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Professor Ashiq Anjum

I am a Professor of distributed systems at the University of Leicester UK. My areas of research include data intensive distributed systems distributed machine learning models and high performance analytics platforms for continuous processing of streaming data.

I have participated in a number of international projects including the EU funded projects on medical data analytics distributed clinical intelligence and iterative genome analytics. I have been investigating large scale data intensive distributed systems and analytics for the LHC data in collaboration with CERN Geneva for the last fifteen years. I closely work with aerospace rail and automobile companies to investigate distributed machine learning systems for optimising infrastructures and services for accuracy reliability safety and capacity. I am also actively collaborating with leading VR providers to commoditise AI driven digital twins and enable real time rendering of data and models in Virtual Reality.

I have the research & development interests in the following:

  • Data Intensive Distributed Systems
  • Distributed Machine Learning
  • High Performance AI
  • Edge enhanced AI
  • Distributed Blockchain System
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Dr. Craig Bower

I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to pursue a PhD in collaboration with the LHC Detector Control team, on the ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) Transition Radiation Detector, at CERN. I introduced a novel Reinforcement Learning problem called the Adversarial Thresholding Semi-Bandit, developing and proving the optimality of several sequential decision-making algorithms. My work was also nominated for the CERN Best Student Research Award.

I have also been a Senior Data Designer for Method, a strategic design and engineering consultancy. My work involved the innovative application of Machine Learning to transform the digital design experience.

I was a Teaching Fellow in AI & ML at the University of Leicester and my current position is Research Lecturer working on Self-Learning Digital Twins, integrating Physics-Informed Neural Networks as part of the AI for NetZero project.

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Saad Zia

I am a Researcher and Data Scientist with over five years of experience in AI research, production lifecycle, technical leadership, and consulting roles across the UK and Europe. I have been affiliated with several industries, including autonomous driving, smart cities, and digital twins. Currently based in the UK, I am pursuing a doctoral degree, while engaged in consulting work for several tech-affiliated organisations.

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