Dr Zahra Rattray
Senior Lecturer, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences
Having experienced work in a clinical, academic and industry setting I always wanted to establish my own independent interdisciplinary research group solving grand challenges in drug discovery and development. The Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme provided me with the opportunity to set out on this journey. Since starting at Strathclyde as a Chancellor’s Fellow 4.5 years ago, I have been involved in training the future pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, while growing my research portfolio. The Chancellor’s Fellowship gave me the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice which led to my fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and equipped me with the solid foundation needed for a successful academic career.
I am a pharmacist by training and my research interests lie in translating novel drug delivery systems of the lab to future therapeutics. My research is focused on understanding how formulation characteristics dictate the biological fate of medicines when administered. My lab designs innovative analytical pipelines and technologies to better understand how new nanomedicines interact with biological systems. Interdisciplinary research is key to the success in my field, and Strathclyde’s emphasis on working across the interface of disciplines makes it a dynamic and ideal institution for me to set up my research group.
A Chancellor’s Fellowship at Strathclyde has enabled me to successfully establish myself as an academic with a strong external profile and growing research team, and developing a world-leading research portfolio. My long term research vision is to have a positive impact on society, through enabling the rapid bench to bedside translation of safe and effective new drug treatments.