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Laura is Professor of Pharmaceutical Analysis within the School of Applied Sciences. Laura is heavily involved in the Royal Society of Chemistry, current treasurer of the local section, a Benevolent Volunteer Visitor, a former member of Council and a current member of the JPAG committee. Laura is also part of an APS focus group, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a National Public Engagement Ambassador (NCCPE) and a STEM ambassador.

Laura has an active research group investigating phenomena at the interface of chemistry and pharmaceutics, developing analytical techniques, characterising chemical interactions and enhancing formulations, all funded through external sources. Her work in the area of public engagement includes public lectures and media presentations and she has appeared on BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Development of quantitative structure activity relationships for new chemical entities through the use of calorimetry.
  • Improvement of chromatographic techniques in pharmaceutical preformulation.
  • Development of novel pharmaceutical formulations.

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Research Output 2001 2019

Characterizing Drug-Polymer Bead Interactions Using Isothermal Titration Calorimetry

Swaine, T., Garcia, P., Tang, Y., Lewis, A., Parkes, G. & Waters, L., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 108, 5, p. 1772-1778 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Formation of a Bile Salt-Drug Hydrogel to Predict Human Intestinal Absorption

Shokry, D. S., Waters, L. J., Parkes, G. M. B., Mitchell, J. C. & Snowden, M. J., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 108, 1, p. 279-287 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intestinal Absorption
Bile Acids and Salts
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Prediction of human intestinal absorption using micellar liquid chromatography with an aminopropyl stationary phase

Shokry, D. S., Waters, L. J., Parkes, G. M. B. & Mitchell, J. C., 27 Feb 2019, In : Biomedical Chromatography. e4515.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intestinal Absorption
Liquid chromatography
Liquid Chromatography
Deoxycholic Acid

The effect of the presence of biosurfactant on the permeation of pharmaceutical compounds through silicone membrane

Rodriguez-Lopez, L., Shokry, D., Cruz, J., Moldes, A. & Waters, L., 1 Apr 2019, In : Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 176, p. 456-461 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drug products
3 Citations (Scopus)

Enhancing the dissolution of phenylbutazone using Syloid® based mesoporous silicas for oral equine applications

Waters, L. J., Hanrahan, J. P., Tobin, J. M., Finch, C. V., Parkes, G. M. B., Ahmad, S. A., Mohammad, F. & Saleem, M., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis. 8, 3, p. 181-186 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Silicon Dioxide