Dr Valerie Ferro

Senior Lecturer

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

Val Ferro read Biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen (BSc Hons 1985) and carried out postgraduate research into Tumour Biology at the University of St. Andrews. (PhD, 1989). She moved to the University of Strathclyde in 1989 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, managing commercially-funded projects on vaccine development. She became a lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018.

Publications

Translational modifications to improve vaccine efficacy in an oral influenza vaccine
Bennett E, Mullen AB, Ferro VA
Methods Vol 49, pp. 322-327 (2009)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ymeth.2009.04.015
Immunisation with a plasmid DNA vaccine encoding gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH-I) and T-helper epitopes in saline suppresses rodent fertility
Khan Muhammad AH, Ogita Kazuhide, Ferro VA, Kumasawa Keiichi, Tsutsui Takeki, Kimura Tadashi
Vaccine Vol 26, pp. 1365-1374 (2008)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.12.052
Lipid vesicle size of an oral influenza vaccine delivery vehicle influences the Th1/Th2 bias in the immune response and protection against infection
Mann Jamie F S, Shakir Eisin, Carter Katharine C, Mullen Alexander B, Alexander James, Ferro Valerie A
Vaccine Vol 27, pp. 3643-3649 (2009)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.03.040
Cochleates derived from Vibrio cholerae O1 proteoliposomes : The impact of structure transformation on mucosal immunisation
Acevedo Reinaldo, Perez Oliver, Zayas Caridad, Perez Jose L, Callico Adriana, Cedre Barbara, Garcia Luis, McKee David, Mullen Alexander, Ferro Valerie
PLOS One Vol 7 (2012)
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0046461
Delivering natural products and biotherapeutics to improve drug efficacy
Obeid Mohammad A, Al Qaraghuli Mohammed M, Alsaadi Manal, Alzahrani Abdullah R, Niwasabutra Kanidta, Ferro Valerie A
Therapeutic Delivery Vol 8, pp. 947–956 (2017)
https://doi.org/10.4155/tde-2017-0060
Crystal structures of hibiscus acid and hibiscus acid dimethyl ester isolated from Hibiscus sabdariffa (Malvaceae)
Zheoat Ahmed M, Gray Alexander, Igoli John, Kennedy Alan R, Ferro Valerie A
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Vol E73, pp. 1368-1371 (2017)
https://doi.org/10.1107/S2056989017011902

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Teaching

Val teaches at both undergraduate (Years 1, 2 and 4) and postgraduate level.

Research interests

Current research interests within Dr Ferro's group focuses on three main areas: development of non-invasive human and veterinary vaccines, development of anti-fertility vaccines and natural product research.

 

Professional activities

University of Stirling (External organisation)
Advisor
11/2017
South African Medical Research Council (External organisation)
Advisor
2017
First International Convention IMMUNOPHARMACOLOGY–VACCIPHARMA Conference
Invited speaker
14/6/2015
First International Convention IMMUNOPHARMACOLOGY–VACCIPHARMA Conference
Member of programme committee
14/6/2015
International Congress of Latinamerica Society of Pharmacology
Member of programme committee
10/2013
Technology Strategy Board (External organisation)
Advisor
2013

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Projects

Design of functional chitosan films: antimicrobial and heavy metal capture applications
Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2024
Therapeutic Design for Nasal Powder Delivery (IBioIC CTP)
Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Co-investigator)
Design of peptide-adjuvant systems for enhance immunogenicity
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
Design of self-peptide adjuvant couples for enhanced immunogenicity
Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Co-investigator) Mullen, Alexander (Co-investigator)
Design of peptide-adjuvant systems for enhance immunogenicity
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
KTP-AB Vista
Mullen, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Co-investigator)
05-Jan-2018 - 04-Jan-2020
Optimal conjugation routes for antibody-based point-of-care testing kits
Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Academic)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017
Optimal conjugation routes for antibody-based point-of-care testing kits
Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Academic)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2021

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Address

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Hamnett Wing

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