Research Team

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Barry Long

Post-doctoral researcher

Barry completed his undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry at the University of Limerick in 2016. He then completed his PhD titled “Control of solid-state pharmaceuticals using supercritical fluid technology” in 2020. He is now working in the Padrela research group to develop the science and engineering on the control of nucleation and crystallization of pharmaceutical nanoparticles from solutions using molecular additives, by combining anti-solvent supersaturation/nucleation, spray atomization/drying and fluidized bed coating into a single continuous scalable process. 

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Vivek Verma

Post-doctoral researcher

I have completed my PhD in October 2014, under the auspices of the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre at the University of Limerick (UL). My PhD was focused on the heterogeneous nucleation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the presence of excipients, and has been conducted under the primary supervision of Professor Kieran Hodnett, with, Dr Sarah Hudson and Peter Davern, acting as co-supervisors. I have also carried out a very successful postgraduate industry placement with ‘FMC International’ in Ireland during which I developed a new analytical method for real time monitoring of silica precipitation onto MCC replacing method which require over 24 hrs to return the results to the production unit. In addition to my scientific contributions, I was awarded with the British Oxygen Company Bursary by the Department of Chemical Sciences here at UL for 2017. This award recognises general contribution the teaching, outreach and research mission of the department. In addition, I was a Munster heat winner (amongst three finalists) for ‘All Ireland Thesis-in-3’competition, where I presented my research to the general audience in simple words.  For the last two year’s I has been an employee within the Department of Chemical Sciences at UL working as a Post-doctoral researcher with Dr Luis Padrela and Professor Kevin M. Ryan. My current project is a Commercialisation grant funded by the Enterprise Ireland, focussing on the continuous production and isolation of pharmaceutical nanoparticles.

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Fidel Mendez

PhD Student

Fidel completed his undergraduate degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2018. He then completed his master degree in Nanomedicine at Swansea University in 2019. He is now working in his industrial PhD (Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions) titled “Single-Step Nucleation, Crystallization And Formulation Of Aqueous Crystal Injectable Nanosuspensions With Long-Acting Activity Using Supercritical Antisolvent Assisted Spray Drying”. He is working in the SSPC (Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals) at the University of Limerick. His PhD is part of the LongActNow project and it will also take place in Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Belgium) and Trinity Collage of Dublin. The goal of his project is to produce an injectable suspension of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) which can continue to release the API for a specific time and is biocompatible with the body.

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Aaron O’Sullivan

PhD Student

Aaron graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Biochemistry in 2020. He has currently begun a PhD titled; “Nanocrystallization of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients using Supercritical Fluid Technology” in the Padrela research group to generate data on the nucleation and crystal growth and molecular dynamic modelling of the selected class of APIs during batch and continuous supercritical assisted crystallization methods for the generation of micro- and nanoparticles.

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Wiktoria Brytan

Masters Student

Wiktoria recently graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Biochemistry. In the coming years Wiktoria will be researching ‘The role of Post-Translation Modifications on enabling stabilisation of biopharmaceuticals in spray drying’ in the Padrela Research Group, to produce novel biopharmaceutical products with molecular features which will deem them viable for final formulation using spray drying. This project is aimed at facilitating the switch of biopharmaceutical production from batch to continuous, with a special focus on monoclonal antibody production.

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Nandi Snehashis

PhD Student

Nandi recently graduated with a bachelors degree in Pharmaceutical Technology at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India followed by a master’s degree  on generation of dual drug nanocrystals loaded microparticles. Nandi then worked at Dr. Reddy’s Lab, Hyderabad and Bristol Myers Squibb, Bangalore. Nandi is a member of the LongActNow (Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions) PhD project which investigates technology selection for bottom up manufacturing of stable aqueous nanocrystal suspensions for new APIs. The goal of the project is to validate the toolboxes and technologies developed by the other LongActNow projects and apply their findings and methodologies to optimally guide the selection of the most appropriate bottom-up technology and excipients to obtain suspensions with tailored properties for new Janssen APIs.

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Fatima Anjum

PhD Student

Fatima completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore in 2017. After that, she worked as Graduate Trainee Engineer at Effluent treatment plant of a Paper and Pulp Mill in Pakistan for one year. She then completed her Master degree in Membrane Engineering (EM3E-4SW) under Erasmus Mundus joint degree program. She is doing her PhD under the industrial doctorate program, LongActNow (Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions). Her project is titled as “Development of a Membrane-based production process for long-acting suspension of complex active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).” She is working at TU Dortmund at the thermodynamic chair. She will also conduct part of her research work at University of Limerick (Ireland) and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Belgium). The goal of her project is to design a membrane process that can remove organic solvents from API crystal suspensions without affection the physio-chemical properties of APIs. Thus, producing biocompatible and long-acting injectable suspensions.

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