Gillian Hutcheon obtained her B.S. degree with honors in forensic and analytical chemistry (2:1), in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree from a thesis titled “Fundamental studies of protein hydration and solvation in organic media” in 1996, from the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. In 1997, she was awarded Chartered Chemist status and in 2009, she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She carried out her postdoctoral research at the University of Strathclyde, then at the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham from 1997 to 1999, prior to taking up the post of a Lecturer of organic chemistry at the School of Pharmacy and Chemistry, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). In 2009, she was appointed to her current post as a Reader in Biomaterials at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, LJMU. She manages her own research group within the wider Formulation and Drug Delivery Research Group which she also leads. Her current research interests include enzyme catalyzed synthesis of functionalized biodegradable polymers for micro and nanoparticle delivery of drugs and proteins particularly for pulmonary delivery. Specific examples of her projects include the delivery of hydrophobic drugs, mucinolytic enzymes, vaccines, and ongoing collaborative projects for the application of nanoparticles for the delivery of anticancer drugs via the blood-brain barrier. She is also interested in the use of enzymes in nonconventional media and the study of the effect of reaction and formulation conditions on protein conformation, stability, and bioactivity. The investigation of clays for antimicrobial and modified release therapeutics is a further, more recent, avenue of research.
Biography Updated on 10 June 2012