Daniel Kirby

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Although only starting my current role as lecturer in pharmaceutics in 2010, I have a long 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.

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

Member of the Medicines Research Group.

Based within the pharmaceutics laboratories of Aston Pharmacy School, my main area of research is the formulation of age-appropriate medicines, developing a research portfolio with a focus on the identification of priorities for further research in older, established medicines, with an emphasis on extemporaneous formulations and their quality.

Extemporaneous formulation – that is the process of compounding ingredients to prepare a medicine for an individual patient when no commercial forms are available – 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 will also be performed. This is being conducted in order to both inform current practice and strive towards improved, age-appropriate formulations.

Current projects are dealing with the lack of age-appropriate HIV medication for the paediatric population, taste-masking technologies, development of age-appropriate excipients for neonatal patients, and also development of stable and suitable paediatric formulations for the treatment of rare metabolic disorders.

Teaching Activity

PH1403: Basic maths, graphical methods, formulation calculations, statistics
PH1404: Routes of delivery, suspensions, emulsions, creams and ointments, liquid filled gel capsules
PH4701: Paediatric drug delivery, microspheres


  • BSc in Chemistry and French, Aston University, 2003
  • PhD in Pharmaceutics / Drug Delivery, Aston University, 2007


  • 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

  • UK and Ireland Controlled Release Society
  • Controlled Release Society
  • Academy of Pharmaceutical Scientists
  • European Society for Developmental Perinatal and Paediatric Pharmacology (ESDP)

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Life & Health Sciences

Organisational unit: School

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    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. Environmental scanning electron microscope imaging of vesicle systems

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