University of Reading cookie policy

We use cookies on to improve your experience, monitor site performance and tailor content to you

Read our cookie policy to find out how to manage your cookie settings

Head of Department


Name Position Telephone Email
Professor Katrina Bicknell
Professor in Cardiovascular and Regenerative Medicine; Head of Department Pharmacy +44 (0) 118 378 7032

Executive Support Staff

Name Position Telephone Email
Wenhai (Jason) Ge Executive Administration Officer - Pharmacy

 +44 (0) 118 378 4343

Academic staff

Pharmacy Practice

Name Position and responsibilities Research interests
Kate Fletcher Associate Professor of Pharmacy Education & Practice  Pharmacy education  
Daniel Grant

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Education

Teaching and Learning Dean

Hanan Hamad
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Dr Amelia Hollywood
Associate Professor in Health Services Research
Health psychology, behaviour change and obesity

Lee Karim
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Mental health  
Pooja Kashyap
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Pharmacy practice including law and ethics, services and community pharmacy
Vicky Kleanthous

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

MPharm Placement Lead

MPharm Careers Lead

Pharmacy practice, placements

Dr Rosemary Lim Associate Professor in Medication Use and Safety Human factors, organisational resilience, medication safety, diabetes (insulin), dementia, antimicrobial resistance, non-medical prescribing, qualitative research, patient and public involvement
MaryAnn Ling Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice Clinical hospital pharmacy practice   
Dr Atta Naqvi Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Puja Nathwani
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Dr Nilesh Patel

Associate Professor in Pharmacy

Programme Director for MPharm Pharmacy

Clinical pharmaceutics, pharmacists in general practice and evaluation of pharmacy services
Gurinder Singh Purewal

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

Careers and Alumni Lead

Pharmacy education, health inequalities, clinical audits

Rav Savania

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Education

School Director of Teaching and Learning

Pharmacy education, standard setting policy and procedures, pharmacy practice, student welfare and resilience                
Sue Slade 
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Imogen Steed
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Name Position and responsibilities Research interests
Dr Hisham Al-Obaidi

Lecturer in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Engineering amorphous and crystalline materials for drug delivery purposes, the use of co-crystals and amorphous dispersions in Pulmonary and oral drug delivery, encapsulation of bioactives into more complex carriers

Dr Sam Bizley Lecturer in Pharmacy

Dr John Brazier

Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Director of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Pharmacy Director of Teaching and Learning

DNA structure and function, Nucleic Acid targeting

Professor Francesca Greco

Professor of Pharmaceutics

Pharmacy Exams Officer

Drug delivery, nanomedicines, polymer-drug conjugates, cancer

Professor Rebecca Green

Professor of Biophysical Chemistry

Admissions Tutor and Programme Director for MPAS Physician Associate Studies

Dr James Hall

Associate Professor of Biomolecular Structure and Educational Technology

Admissions Tutor for MPharm Pharmacy

School Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Nucleic acid structure, damage and drug interactions, X-ray crystallography and solution-phase characterisation

Dr Elena Kabova Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Professor Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy

Professor of Formulation Science and Royal Society Industry Fellow

Chair of Chemistry and Pharmacy building Joint Technicians and Academics Group (JTAG) 

Director of Physicochemical, Ex Vivo and Invertebrate Tests and Analysis Centre (PEVITAC) 

Manager for laboratories 169 and LG3 in Chemistry and Pharmacy building

Transmucosal drug delivery (ocular, nasal, oral, intravesical and vaginal), mucoadhesive materials, mucosa-penetration, hydrogels, nanoparticles, pharmaceutical polymers, stimuli-responsive polymers, encapsulation technologies

Dr Roman Moiseev

Lecturer in Pharmaceutics

Business Development Officer at PEVITAC

Ocular and nasal drug delivery, ophthalmic research, in vitro ocular models, clinical ophthalmology, toxicology, liposomal formulations, polyaphrons, invertebrate models, educational mobile applications and software
Professor Helen Osborn

Professor of Biomedicinal Chemistry

Deputy Head of School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

Department Director of Academic Tutoring 

Medicinal chemistry, synthetic chemistry, analytical chemistry, prodrugs, cancer, bacterial infections, carbohydrates

Professor Kenneth Shankland

Professor of Pharmaceutical Crystallography

Exams Officer for CIPPET, Physician Associate programmes and MSc by Research

Crystallography of molecular materials, powder X-ray diffraction, single-crystal X-ray diffraction

Professor Katja Strohfeldt -Venables

Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Education

Dean (Teaching and Learning)

Synthesis and evaluation of metal-based anticancer agents, quality assurance of herbal medicine

Professor Adrian Williams

Professor of Pharmaceutics

Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies and Researcher Development 

Medicines design, topical and transdermal drug delivery, poorly-water soluble drugs


Name Position and responsibilities Research interests
Dr Silvia Amadesi

Associate Professor in Pharmacology 

Programme Director of MSc (by Research)

G protein-coupled receptors, ion channels, cell lines and primary sensory neurons cultures, cells toxicity and proliferation assay, neurodegeneration and pain

Professor Katrina Bicknell

Professor in Cardiovascular and Regenerative Medicine

Head of Department 

Dr Angela Bithell

Associate Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Director of Pharmacology and Therapeutics 

Pharmacy Wellbeing, Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Lead 

Stem cell biology, neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, neurodegeneration, epigenetics, functional 3D in vitro neuronal networks, glia in health and disease

Dr Leanne Black Lecturer in Pharmacology

Dr Alex Bye

Lecturer in Pharmacology

Pharmacology Placement Lead

Dr Graeme Cottrell

Associate Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

School Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

G protein-coupled receptors, ion channels, receptors, trafficking, signalling, migraine, inflammation

Dr Mark Dallas

Associate Professor in Cellular Neuroscience

Pharmacy Outreach/Marketing Lead 

Neurodegeneration, glial biology, gasotransmitters, ion channels/transporters

Dr Lizzy Lander

Associate Professor in Pharmacology and Health Sciences

Admissions Tutor for BSc Pharmacology

Diversity & inclusion in teaching, cellular receptors (GPCRs) and their roles in health and disease  
Dr Maria Maiaru Lecturer in Pharmacology Pain mechanisms, pharmacology of chronic pain, autophagy, neurodegeneration

Professor Gary Stephens

Professor of Pharmacology 

Programme Director for BSc Pharmacology

Presynaptic calcium channels, G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR), plant-derived cannabinoids, inhibitory neurotransmission in the cerebellum

Dr Francesco Tamagnini Lecturer in Pharmacology Neuropharmacology, neurophysiology, neurodegeneration, hippocampal learning and memory, perirhinal cortex function, visual recognition memory, functional maturation of stem cell-derived neurons, neuronal excitability

Professor Sakthivel Vaiyapuri Professor in Cardiovascular & Venom Pharmacology Cardiovascular, platelets, thrombosis, inflammation, venom toxicology

Professor Darius Widera

Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine 

Pharmacy Research Division Lead

Stem cells, inflammation, extracellular vesicles, regeneration, signal transduction


Name Position and responsibilities Research interests
Sarah Garnish
Lecturer in Clinical Practice
Dr Jan Glaze Lecturer in Clinical Practice

Caroline Gowlett Lecturer in Clinical Practice Point of care testing, primary care, elderly care, sepsis management

Nicola Green Lecturer in Clinical Practice  Acute medicine, frailty, deprescribing, antimicrobial stewardship

Jill Merewood
Lecturer in Clinical Practice
Dr Caroline Parkhurst
Lecturer in Clinical Practice
Professor Jane Portlock

Professor of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education

Interim Director of CIPPET

Educational development, patient safety, public health, leadership  

Physician Associate Programmes

Name Position and responsibilities
Samantha Dredge
Lecturer Physician Associate Programme
Dr Sarah Greenwood Associate Professor in Physician Associate Studies

Dr Simone Magee

Associate Professor in Physician Associate Studies

Academic Director Physician Associate Programme

Dr Richard Perry Lecturer Physician Associate Programme

Yousuf Qureshi
Lecturer Physician Associate Programme    
Sam Warrior Lecturer Physician Associate Programme

Administrative staff

Name Position
Khush Panwar
Clinical Placement Liaison Officer
Michael Smith
Clinical Suite Facility Manager  

Research staff

Name Email address
Ahmad Abdullrahman
Dr Kathryn Cox
Julie Hart

Sarah Needs    
Dr Richa Sharma

Emeritus and visiting staff

Name These cells are placeholder
Professor Angela Alexander
Professor Vincenza Andrisano       
Professor Gavin Brooks       
Dr Marc Brown       
Dr Clare Crowley
Dr Patrick Lewis       
Professor Luigi Martini

Dr Rosa Montero

Professor Alan Palmer

Dr Clare Rawlinson Malone

Professor Kath Ryan

Dr Arif Shivji

Professor Phillip Strange

Professor Ben Whalley

Professor Elizabeth Williamson