Dr Zahra Rattray

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

Chancellor's research fellow and lecturer in Drug Delivery I am interested in the interplay between drugs (small molecule, peptide, and monoclonal antibodies), and their formulation characteristics with biological systems. Understanding this interplay can lead to designing new drugs for targeting various cancer types and help overcome biological barriers to delivering drugs. I utilize a combination of new analytical technologies and multidisciplinary science to drive this understanding. My lab is also interested in applying new technologies to understanding the biological drivers of cancer and SLE. When I am not doing science, I am passionate about outreach and inspiring future scientists.


Has expertise in:


    I am an interdisciplinary pharmaceutical researcher with experience in developing injectable drugs (antibodies, small molecules, and nanomedicines). I have significant expertise in the analytical characterization of critical quality attributes for these products and the design of pre-clinical studies for evaluating biological performance (biopharmaceutics).

    Equipment Capabilities

    My laboratory hosts a Malvern Panalytical NanoSight NS300 and Archimedes Resonant Mass Measurement, which are both used to measure particle size and concentration. If you would be interested in accessing these technologies, please get in touch (zahra.rattray@strath.ac.uk).


    I am also Director for the new EPSRC Multiscale Metrology Suite (modular setup including Field Flow Fractionation, Inductively-coupled mass spectrometry, Light Scattering and Raman) for Next-Generation Health Nanotechnologies (EP/V028960/1). For more information or to access this facility, please get in touch.

Prizes and awards

European Crucible: Seed Funding Award- Developing new tools for evaluating nanoscale biological interactions
European Crucible: Scottish Cohort
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Postdoctoral fellowship
Widening participation award holder

More prizes and awards


Sex differences in colon cancer metabolism reveal a novel subphenotype
Cai Yuping, Rattray Nicholas J W, Zhang Qian, Mironova Varvara, Santos-Neto Alvaro, Hsu Kuo-Shun, Rattray Zahra, Cross Justin R, Zhang Yawei, Paty Philip B, Khan Sajid A, Johnson Caroline H
Scientific Reports Vol 10 (2020)
ENT2 facilitates brain endothelial cell penetration and blood-brain barrier transport by a tumor-targeting anti-DNA autoantibody
Rattray Zahra, Deng Gang, Zhang Shenqi, Shirali Anupama, May Christopher K, Chen Xiaoyong, Cuffari Benedette J, Liu Jun, Zou Pan, Rattray Nicholas JW, Johnson Caroline H, Dubljevic Valentina, Campbell James A, Huttner Anita, Baehring Joachim M, Zhou Jiangbing, Hansen James E
JCI Insight Vol 6 (2021)
Metabolic dysregulation in vitamin E and carnitine shuttle energy mechanisms associate with human frailty
Rattray Nicholas JW, Trivedi Drupad K, Xu Yun, Chandola Tarani, Johnson Caroline H, Marshall Alan D, Mekli Krisztina, Rattray Zahra, Tampubolon Gindo, Vanhoutte Bram, White Iain R, Wu Frederick CW, Pendleton Neil, Nazroo James, Goodacre Royston
Nature Communications Vol 10 (2019)
Evaluation of temporal aggregation processes using spatial intensity distribution analysis
Rattray Zahra, Zindy Egor, Buzza Karen M, Pluen Alain
Protein Self-Assembly Methods and Protocols (2019) (2019)
Re-engineering and evaluation of anti-DNA autoantibody 3E10 for therapeutic applications
Rattray Zahra, Dubljevic Valentina, Rattray Nicholas, Greenwood Deanne L, Johnson Caroline H, Campbell James A, Hansen James E
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications Vol 496, pp. 858-864 (2018)
A DNA-damaging lupus autoantibody synergizes with PARP inhibitors against DNA repair-deficient tumor cells
Rattray Zahra, Patel Jaymin M, Noble Phillip W, Dubljevic Valentina, Greenwood Deanne L, Campbell James A, Hansen James E
Cancer Research Vol 78, pp. 2773 (2018)

More publications

Professional activities

EPSRC Peer Review College (External organisation)
Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland (External organisation)
Characterisation of Polymeric Nanoparticle-Protein Interactions
The Pharmacology of Harry Potter Potions
Virtual PharmSci (Event)
Peer reviewer
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) 2021 PharmSci 360 (Event)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


Multiscale Metrology Suite for Next-generation Healthcare Technologies (EPSRC Strategic Equipment)
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Bruns, Nico (Co-investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Halbert, Gavin (Co-investigator) Hoskins, Clare (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Perrie, Yvonne (Co-investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator) Seib, Philipp (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
SPRINT: A SuPer-Resolution time-resolved ImagiNg and specTroscopy facility for rapid biomolecular analysis
Li, David (Principal Investigator) Chamberlain, Luke (Co-investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator) Gould, Gwyn (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) Rattray, Zahra (Co-investigator) Van de Linde, Sebastian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Lisa van Den Dreist- FRAME AWARD: Development of a gene expression bioinformatics pipeline to identify driver mutations of colorectal cancer
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Principal Investigator)
Competitively awarded FRAME summer studentship with stipend (£2,500)
22-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2021
Erasmus+: Host for Ahmed Gaafar
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Principal Investigator)
17-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
The impact of KPNA2 overexpression on breast cancer cellular phenotype (RSE Reboot)
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
08-Jan-2021 - 07-Jan-2021
Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator)
Malvern Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis for particle size and concentration measurement

More projects


Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Robertson Wing

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