Khuloud Al-Jamal

Khuloud Al-Jamal


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Research interests

Current research interests:

  • Synthesis and characterisation of novel nanomaterials
  • Nanomedicine
  • Theranostic applications
  • Pharmacokinetic studies
  • Live small animal imaging by SPECT/CT and MRI imaging
  • RNAi
  • Gene delivery
  • Magnetic drug targeting
  • Stem cell research
  • Drug delivery to the BBB
  • Multicellular tumour spheroid cultures
  • Solid and metastatic tumour models.

Research interests (short)

Nanomedicine; theranostic applications; pharmacokinetic studies; live small animal imaging by SPECT/CT and MRI imaging; RNAi; gene delivery; magnetic drug targeting; stem cell research

Biographical details

Professor Khuloud T. Al-Jamal is a Chair of Drug Delivery & Nanomedicine, King’s College London. She is also a registered pharmacist at the General Pharmaceutical Council. She started her academic career as a lecturer at King’s College London in 2011.

She has completed her pre-registration pharmacy training at The University College London Hospital and was awarded the Overseas Research Award Scheme (ORSA) Scholarship from The University of London (2000-2004) to complete her PhD in Drug Delivery from The School of Pharmacy, University of London (currently known as UCL-School of Pharmacy).

She was awarded the prestigious CW Maplethorpe Research and Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship from The University of London (2005-2007) to explore the use of cationic dendrimers as anti-angiogenic agents for growth inhibition of solid and metastatic tumours. 

She has developed an extensive experience in designing and developing novel nanoscale delivery systems including dendrimers, liposomes, quantum Dots (QDs), polymers, viral vectors, chemically functionalised carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide. Her current work involves pre-clinical translation of novel nanomaterials designed specifically for drug, protein, nucleic acids and radionuclide delivery for therapeutic or diagnostic applications.

She was awarded and is managing a number of research projects funded by The Royal Society, Worldwide Cancer Research, EPSRC, BBSRC, FP6, FP7 and ITN Marie Curie research programmes. In February 2012, she was awarded the BBSRC New Investigator award exploring the use of chemically functionalised carbon nano-needles as vectors for delivering therapeutics across the BBB. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award in recognition for her outstanding scientific achievements in the field of Nanomedicine. She is a three-time winner of the Wellcome Trust Image Award (2014-2016). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate , King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Doctor of Philosophy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005


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