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I have been in my current role as lecturer in pharmaceutics since 2010, although I have an even longer history with Aston University.

First of all, I studied here for a BSc in Combined Honours Chemistry and French, graduating in 2004, part of which involved a sandwich year in a university research laboratory in Montpellier, France; this experience whetted my appetite to pursue a career within academic research.

Subsequently, I then 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.

Research Interests

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.

A particular area of interest is that of extemporaneous formulation – that is the process of compounding ingredients to prepare a medicine for an individual patient when no commercial forms are available – which is extremely prevalent for the paediatric and geriatric population, due to a severe lack of age-appropriate dosage forms available on the market.

In an attempt to tackle the major issues, our research involves engagement with representative groups of patients, carers and prescribers, whilst robust pharmaceutical characterisation of problematic formulations requiring investigation is also performed, as well as development of novel dosage forms. This is being conducted in order to both inform current practice and strive towards improved, age-appropriate formulations.

Current projects include the development of orally dissolving films and orally disintegrating tablets for paedatric applications, patient-centric dosage form design and elucidation of preferences for the elderly population, polymer based taste-masking platform technologies and novel uses of liposomes and carbon based systems for improved drug delivery.

Teaching Activity

Theme lead for Enteral Drug Delivery

Pharmaceutical calculations: basic maths, graphical methods, formulation calculations and statistics
Pharmaceutical formulation: routes of delivery, suspensions, emulsions, creams and ointments, paediatric drug delivery and microspheres


  • BSc in Chemistry and French, Aston University, 2003
  • PhD in Pharmaceutics / Drug Delivery, Aston University, 2007
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education, Aston University, 2015


  • 2010 – date: Lecturer in Pharmaceutics / Drug Delivery, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University.
  • 2007 – 2010: Formulation Research Fellow, UK Medicines for Children Research Network, Aston University.

PhD Supervision

Self-funded PhD projects in Pharmaceutics / Drug Delivery will be available shortly for prospective students.  It is envisaged that fully funded studentships will also become available.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the British Pharmacopoeia Expert Advisory Group on Unlicensed Medicines

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the steering committee for the Age Related Medicines focus group of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences

IAT accredited course – Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer (NACWO)


Scientific Advisor to the Editors of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Reviewer for International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, Journal of Liposome Research, Pharmazie, and Biomedical Microdevices

Research Interests

Email: d.j.kirby1@aston.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)121 204 3006
Room: MB 434e


  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Formulation
  • Patient-centric dosage form design
  • Age appropriate formulation
  • Particulate drug delivery systems

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Does the Formulation of Oral Solid Dosage Forms Affect Acceptance and Adherence in Older Patients? A Mixed Methods Systematic Review

    Shariff, Z. B., Dahmash, D. T., Kirby, D. J., Missaghi, S., Rajabi-Siahboomi, A. & Maidment, I. D., Aug 2020, In : Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 21, 8, p. 1015-1023.e8

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • Patient-Centric Medicine Design: Key Characteristics of Oral Solid Dosage Forms that Improve Adherence and Acceptance in Older People

    Shariff, Z., Kirby, D., Missaghi, S., Rajabi-Siahboomi, A. & Maidment, I., 23 Sep 2020, In : Pharmaceutics. 12, 10, 15 p., 905.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Synthesis of Carbon Onion and Its Application as a Porous Carrier for Amorphous Drug Delivery

    Miriyala, N., Kirby, D. J., Cumont, A., Zhang, R., Shi, B., Ouyang, D. & Ye, H., 7 Apr 2020, In : Crystals. 10, 4, 281.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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
  • Thesis

    Formulation and characterisation of an effective particulate delivery vehicle for the novel sub-unit vaccine antigen, Ag85B-ESAT-6

    Author: Kirby, D. J., Jul 2007

    Supervisor: Perrie, Y. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



    • 1 Participation in conference

    UKICRS 2012 Symposium - Drug Delivery: through the ages

    Daniel Kirby (Participant)

    2 May 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference