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Muhammad Usman Ghori is a pharmaceutical scientist working at the interface of sustainable bio-sourced materials, formulation design, smart manufacturing, and public health to develop novel systems and platform technologies for individual and societal healthcare needs. He is particularly interested in developing evidence-based formulations and strategies based on patient and societal values that are underpinned by clinical knowledge and requirements.

He is an overseas-qualified registered pharmacist with a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) from Bahauddin Zakariya University and a clinical pharmacy clerkship from Nishtar Medical University, Multan, Pakistan. He has worked with Pharmagen Healthcare Ltd, serving as a Pharmacy Manager. During his time there, he contributed to a significant public health project in the water and sanitation sector, a collaboration between Pharmagen Healthcare Ltd and Acumen Fund, Inc, USA.

Later, he joined the University of Huddersfield on a Nicholson Fee-waiver Studentship to pursue his PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Throughout his PhD, he extensively published his scientific findings in high-impact journals. He also established the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) student chapter at the University of Huddersfield and served as its founding Chair from 2014 to 2015. In recognition of his research achievements, he received the prestigious Vice-Chancellor Research Student of the Year Award in 2015. He completed his doctorate in January 2015 and was appointed as a Post-doctoral Research Assistant in the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield.

During his post-doctorate, he successfully developed a patented AFM-based nanoscale chemical imaging technique called CIDA (chemical imaging by dissolution analysis) and received the prestigious platinum award in 2016 from Bruker Nano-surface, UK. He was recognized as an outstanding performing staff member for 2017–2018 and 2020-21 by the University of Huddersfield, UK. Currently, he works as a Senior Research Fellow and Admissions Tutor (Pharmacy). He manages an independent research group, and under his supervision, 5 PhD and 6 MRes students have successfully graduated. Additionally, he has provided guidance and supervision to over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate students for their thesis-based research projects. He specialises in driving scientific innovation and holds patents in pharmaceutical materials and analysis. He also works as a Consultant on Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs, collaborating with major pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in Pakistan and the Gulf region.

Besides his research work, he actively engages in teaching, contributing to various courses such as MPharm, BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and MSc Pharmaceutical and Analytical Science. He was nominated for the Best Supporting Teacher Award in 2017 and 2018.

He had served as a Consultant (2019-2020) for the Ministry of Science and Technology Pakistan on "Innovative Natural Solutions for Managing Diseases." He made significant contributions to the Scientific Group established by the Pakistan High Commission London to assist the Pakistani diaspora in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a Consultant and Advisor for Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences to the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), appointed on the recommendation of the Government of Pakistan. COMSATS is an international and intergovernmental organization with 24 Centers of Excellence worldwide, including countries such as Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking and baking. He also plays professional club cricket as an All-Rounder and has been awarded the T. Ramsden Trophy for the best bowler in 2017 and 2018, which is now displayed at the Yorkshire Cricket Museum. 

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Consultant and Advisor, Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South

Feb 2023 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Polymers
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Controlled Drug Delivery
  • Dissolution
  • Profilometry
  • Tablet
  • Force Spectroscopy
  • Natural Polymers
  • Oral Drug Delivery
  • Powder Compaction
  • Tibo-Electrification of Powders
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • 3D Printing
  • Instrumentation Design
  • Instrument Development
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical Development
  • Public Health
  • Water Resources
  • Environment Sustainability
  • Biopolymers
  • Carbohydrate polymers
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Mucoadhesion
  • Chemical Imaging
  • Drug delivery
  • Drug Formulation Development
  • Drug Absorption from the GI tract
  • Drug development
  • Drug Release
  • Paediatric drug delivery
  • Wounds
  • Wound dressings
  • wound healing
  • Biofilms
  • Development of dissolution techniques for various pharmaceutical dosage forms
  • Hydration, erosion and drug release kinetics of matrices
  • Electrostatic, electrical resistivity, cohesion and adhesion properties of insulating materials
  • Compaction, compression, deformation and consolidation properties of pharmaceutical materials
  • Development and characterisation of bio-resourced materials for industrial applications
  • Oromucosal and nasal drug delivery
  • Crystallization and particle engineering of pharmaceutical materials
  • Design, development and characterisation of new materials, instruments and technologies
  • 3D and 4D printing for pharmaceutical and healthcare applications
  • Nanoscale chemical, electrical and mechanical imaging-based techniques for drug delivery and biomedical applications

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