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Research Interests

  • Formulation development and optimization of orally disintegrating tablets 

  •  Formulation  and stability testing of oral liquid nano medicines

  • Particle engineering through controlled dry particle coating technology

  • Development of cell culture based models - buccal absorption, intestinal absorption, taste assessment, gene expression using microarrays

Teaching Activity

Year lead - Term 1 - First year (MPharm 2019)

PH2503 (Module coordinator): Powder characterisation – size reduction, separation, analysis, powder properties; solid dosage forms other than tablets and capsules, solid state characterisation; Overview of the drug development process;  Packaging of pharmaceutical dosage forms; Pre-formulation and re-formulation of pharmaceutical products.
PH3603: Modified release systems – orally disintegrating tablets.


  • PhD, Aston University (Supervisor, Prof Yvonne Perrie) (2004)
  • MSc Sheffield Hallam University (2001)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (1999)


  • 2016 - present : Professor in Pharmaceutics, Aston University
  • 2015 - 2016 :Reader in Pharmaceutics, Aston University
  • 2011- 2015 : Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, Aston University
  • 2007- 2011: Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, Aston University
  • 2004-2007: Research Fellow, Aston University (PI, Prof Yvonne Perrie)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UK


  • Director of Research (Pharmaceutical and Clinical Sciences) (2018 – present)
  • Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2016 - present)
  • Programme Director –MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences (October 2011- present)
  • Admissions Tutor - MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Delivery (July 2010 – present)

Research Interests


  1. Particle coating and method – date of filing Sept 2017
  2. Dry particle coating device – date of filing 30th October 2014
  3. UK Patent application number 1206802.9 – date of filing :18th April 2012
  4. GB1005976.4     - date of filing: 9th April 2010
  5. GB0920041.1     - date of filing: 16th November 2009

Professional/editorial offices

  • Editorial board member – Nature Scientific Reports
  • Founding Associate Editor for the Journal of Pharmaceutics
  • Associate Editor BMC Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Editorial board member for Journal of Therapeutic delivery
  • Editorial board member for Letters in Drug Delivery
  • Editorial board member for Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta

Contact Details

Email: a.u.r.mohammed@aston.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 4183

External positions

Panel member - Main panel A, subunit 3

1 May 20181 Oct 2021

External Examiner - BSc Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences

1 Jan 20171 Oct 2020

External Examiner - MPharm, University of Reading

1 Jan 20161 Oct 2019

Founding Associate Editor - Journal of Pharmaceutics

1 Jan 2008 → …

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Research Output 2004 2019

Conceptualisation, Development, Fabrication and In Vivo Validation of a Novel Disintegration Tester for Orally Disintegrating Tablets

Koner, J., Rajabi-Siahboomi, A., Missaghi, S., Kirby, D. J., Perrie, Y., Ahmed, J. & Mohammed, A., 28 Aug 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 12467 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Dosage Forms

Delivery of Poorly Soluble Drugs via Mesoporous Silica: Impact of Drug Overloading on Release and Thermal Profiles

Le, T., Elzhry Elyafi, A. K., Mohammed, A. R. & Al-khattawi, A., 10 Jun 2019, In : Pharmaceutics. 11, 6, 269.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Silicon Dioxide
Hot Temperature
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Succinic Acid

High-throughput screening of excipients with a biological effect: a kinetic study on the effects of surfactants on efflux-mediated transport

Pollard, J., Rajabi-siahboomi, A., Badhan, R. K. S., Mohammed, A. R. & Perrie, Y., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 71, 6, p. 889-897 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surface-Active Agents
Rhodamine 123
Open Access
health care workers
Dosage Forms
Delivery of Health Care

Development, Optimisation, Validation and Inter-Laboratory Verification of a Reversed Phase HPLC Method for Quantification of Human Recombinant Insulin

Iyrie, A., Russell, C., Dennision, T., Rajoli, R., Saleem, I. Y., Rahman, A. S. & Mohammed, A., 30 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Advance in Biotechnology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ultraviolet detectors


Amino acids in oral drug delivery: salts, ion-pairs and transcriptomics

Author: Elshaer, A., Jun 2013

Supervisor: Hanson, P. J. (Supervisor) & Mohammed, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Buccal transmucosal delivery of large molecule therapeutics using orally disintegrating tablet technology

Author: Iyire, A., 7 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Mohammed, A. (Supervisor) & Bailey, C. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Excipient characterization and particle engineering to develop directly compressed orally disintegrating tablets

Author: Al-Khattawi, A., 30 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Mohammed, A. (Supervisor) & Perrie, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Formulation and process engineering of freeze-dried orally disintegrating tablets

Author: Jones, R., 3 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Mohammed, A. (Supervisor) & Perrie, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Formulation strategies and engineering processes for orally disintegrating tablets : the importance of robustness and disintegration

Author: Koner, J., 5 Dec 2017

Supervisor: Mohammed, A. (Supervisor) & Perrie, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy