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Dr Valerie Ferro


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.


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)
Formulation of Nonionic Surfactant Vesicles (NISV) prepared by microfluidics for therapeutic delivery of siRNA into cancer cells
Obeid Mohammad A., Elburi Ashref, Young Louise C., Mullen Alexander B., Tate Rothwelle J., Ferro Valerie A.
Molecular Pharmaceutics Vol 14, pp. 2450-2458, (2017)
Analysis of the binding loops configuration and surface adaptation of different crystallized single‐domain antibodies in response to various antigens
Al Qaraghuli Mohammed M., Ferro Valerie
Journal of Molecular Recognition Vol 30, (2017)
Metabolomic profiling of the synergistic effects of melittin in combination with cisplatin on ovarian cancer cells
Alonezi Sanad, Tusiimire Jonans, Wallace Jennifer, Dufton Mark J., Parkinson John A., Young Louise C., Clements Carol J., Park Jin-Kyu, Jeon Jong-Woon, Ferro Valerie A., Watson David G.
Metabolites Vol 7, pp. 1-18, (2017)
Comparison of the physical characteristics of monodisperse non-ionic surfactant vesicles (NISV) prepared using different manufacturing methods
Obeid Mohammad A., Gebril Ayman M., Tate Rothwelle J., Mullen Alexander B., Ferro Valerie A.
International Journal of Pharmaceutics, pp. 1-23, (2017)
The effects of hydration media on the characteristics of non-ionic surfactant vesicles (NISV) prepared by microfluidics
Obeid Mohammad A., Khadra Ibrahim, Mullen Alexander B., Tate Rothwelle J., Ferro Valerie A.
International Journal of Pharmaceutics Vol 516, pp. 52-60, (2017)

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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

International Congress of Latinamerica Society of Pharmacology
Member of programme committee
Technology Strategy Board (External organisation)
Vaccipharma 2012
Invited speaker
Vaccipharma 2012
Member of programme committee
PLOS One (Journal)
Editorial board member
BMC Immunology (Journal)
Guest editor

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KTP-AB Vista
Mullen, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Co-investigator)
Period 08-Jan-2018 - 07-Jan-2020
Impact Acceleration Account - University Of Strathclyde 2012 / R120526-242
Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Academic)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 31-Mar-2017
Impact Acceleration Account - University of Strathclyde 2017 / R170483-100
Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Academic)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2020
Optimal conjugation routes for antibody-based point-of-care testing kits
Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ferro, Valerie (Academic)
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 31-Aug-2017
An EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre for Medical Devices | Milne, Stephen
Ferro, Valerie (Principal Investigator) Connolly, Patricia (Co-investigator) Milne, Stephen (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2007 - 26-Sep-2012
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | Nimmo, Natalie
Ferro, Valerie (Principal Investigator) Mullen, Alexander (Co-investigator) Nimmo, Natalie (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2009 - 30-Sep-2014

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Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
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