Research Team

 

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The Padrela Research group currently consists of 6 PhD students and 1 Masters student

Current Group Members

PhD Student

Aaron O'Sullivan

PhD Student
B.Sc Industrial Biochemistry – 2020. PhD: “Nanocrystallization of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients using Supercritical Fluid Technology”. Aaron is working in SSPC (Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals) within the University of Limerick. This project aims to contribute towards the ever-increasing need to develop novel nano/crystallization methods to produce micro- and nanoparticles of APIs with the desired physicochemical properties and polymorphic purity, and to develop computational modelling approaches which would allow rationalization towards ultimately predicting the influence of distinct additives/polymers on the outcome of (nano)crystallization processes.
PhD Student

Fidel Mendez

PhD Student
B.Sc Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – 2018. M.Sc Nanomedicine – 2019. PhD: “Single-Step Nucleation, Crystallization And Formulation Of Aqueous Crystal Injectable Nanosuspensions With Long-Acting Activity Using Supercritical Antisolvent Assisted Spray Drying”. Fidel is working in the SSPC (Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals) at the University of Limerick. His PhD is part of the LongActNow Marie Skłodowska-Curie 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.
PhD Student

Mohamad Baassiri

PhD Student
B.Sc Mechanical Engineering – 2012. M.Sc Mechanical Engineering – 2014. Research Engineer – 2014-2016. Dar Group, Mechanical Design Engineer – 2016-2021. PhD: “CFD modelling of sc-CO2 assisted spray drying for pharmaceutical manufacturing applications”. Mohamad is working on the enhancement of supercritical assisted-particle production techniques by applying Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling in parallel to experimentation. His work is part of the collective efforts meant to help the pharmaceutical industry gain better understanding on the particle production processes leading to better manufacturing efficiency and enhanced bioavailability of produced medicines.
Masters Student

Wiktoria Brytan

Masters Student
B.Sc Industrial Biochemistry – 2020. PhD: “The role of Post-Translation Modifications on enabling stabilisation of biopharmaceuticals in spray drying”. Wiktoria is in the Padrela Research Group in the University of Limerick, 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.
PhD Student

Aoife Cotter

PhD Student
B.Sc Industrial Biochemistry – 2022. PhD: “Nanocrystallization of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients using Supercritical Fluid Technology”. Aoife was awarded the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship to complete her PhD. Aoife’s research will focus on developing inhalable nanoparticulate powders of therapeutic proteins.
PhD Student

Shehashis Nandi

PhD Student
B.Sc Pharmaceutical Technology – 2020. M.Sc “Generation of Dual Drug Nanocrystals Loaded Microparticles”. PhD: “Technology Selection for Botton-U[ Manufacturing of Stable, Aqueous, Long-Acting Injectable Suspensions Using Novel Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs)”. 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.
PhD Student

Fatima Anjum

PhD Student
B.Sc Chemical Engineering – 2017. Graduate Trainee Engineer – 2017-2018. M.Sc Membrane Engineering – 2020. PhD: “Development of a Membrane-based production process for long-acting suspension of complex active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)”. Fatima is doing her PhD under the industrial doctorate program, LongActNow (Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions). 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.

Past Group Members

PhD: 2016-2020                          

Post Doctoral Researcher: 2020-2021

Now: Spray dryer operator, MSD

Barry Long

PhD: 2016-2020 Post Doctoral Researcher: 2020-2021 Now: Spray dryer operator, MSD
Post-Doctoral Researcher: 2020-2021
Now: Post-Doctoral Researcher Imperial College London

Vivek Verma

Post-Doctoral Researcher: 2020-2021 Now: Post-Doctoral Researcher Imperial College London
Post-Doctoral Researcher: 2022
Now: Honorary research fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Shahzeb Khan

Post-Doctoral Researcher: 2022 Now: Honorary research fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal