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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.


Proof of concept studies for siRNA delivery by non-ionic surfactant vesicles : in vitro and in vivo evaluation of protein knockdown
Obeid Mohammad A., Dufès Christine, Somani Sukrut, Mullen Alexander B., Tate Rothwelle J., Ferro Valerie A.
Journal of Liposome Research, (2018)
Towards a characterisation of the wild legume bitter vetch (Lathyrus linifolius L. (Reichard) Bässler) : heteromorphic seed germination, root nodule structure and N-fixing rhizobial symbionts
Jacovo E. Dello, Valentine T. A., Maluk M., Toorop P., Lopez del Egido L., Frachon N., Kenicer G., Park L., Goff M., Ferro V. A., Bonomi C., James E. K., Iannetta P. P. M.
Plant Biol (Stuttg), (2018)
Methods of sterilization and contraception in mammals
Ferro Valerie A., Sliwowska Joanna H., Al-Qaraghuli Mohammed, Alsaadi Manal
Encyclopedia of ReproductionEncyclopedia of Reproduction, (2018)
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)

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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

University of Stirling (External organisation)
South African Medical Research Council (External organisation)
First International Convention IMMUNOPHARMACOLOGY–VACCIPHARMA Conference
Invited speaker
First International Convention IMMUNOPHARMACOLOGY–VACCIPHARMA Conference
Member of programme committee
International Congress of Latinamerica Society of Pharmacology
Member of programme committee
Virgil Schjins

more professional activities


Cytotoxicity of plant extracts
Ferro, Valerie (Principal Investigator) Stimson, William (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2002 - 31-Aug-2002
KE Development Fund, Nanoparticles for agricultural pest control
Ferro, Valerie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 31-Dec-2014
KE-Hub funding plus Medtech funding working with Eulysis Ltd
Ferro, Valerie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2012
Sir David Anderson Bequest, Prof Oliver Perez Finlay Institute, Cuba
Ferro, Valerie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2008
Personal skills development through production of podcasts, Roberts funding
Ferro, Valerie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2006 - 29-Feb-2008
Faculty of Science Starter Grant
Ferro, Valerie (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2008

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Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Hamnett Wing John Arbuthnott Building

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