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Dr Adnan Al Dalaty

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

ARU Pharmaceutical Research Group

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Research Supervision:

Adnan's expertise and interests are towards exploring innovative technologies for drug formulation and delivery to meet humanity's wide needs of medication and vaccination.

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Being passionate about medication and treatments, Adnan studied Pharmacy (hons) in Syria and further completed his MSc and PhD in Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UK. In his doctoral and post-doctoral research posts at Cardiff University, Adnan joined a consortium of scientists to develop embeddable sustained-release microneedles for intradermal contraceptive delivery targeting the women of middle- and low-income countries. In pursuit of expertise and creativity, microneedle technology was further exploited for intradermal vaccine delivery.

Adnan has recently joined The Pharmaceutical Research Group, led by Prof Mohammad Najlah, at ARU Chelmsford as a postdoctoral research fellow. Adnan's work is focusing on employing the nanobubble technology for development of a transitional innovative delivery system of specific medical gases for therapeutically applications.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Pharmaceutical formulation
  • Controlled drug release
  • Transdermal & intradermal drug delivery
  • In vitro and ex vivo model design
  • Analytical chemistry
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Fluent
Research interests
  • Development of microneedle mediated pharmaceutical systems for transdermal & intradermal drug/vaccine delivery
  • Design and development of micro- and nano-bubble mediated pharmaceutical systems for medical gas delivery
  • Development of polymeric pharmaceutical systems
  • Design and development of biologically relevant models for characterising intradermally administered contraceptives
  • Development of analytical methods for characterisation of pharmaceutical systems
Areas of research supervision

Adnan co-supervised many M.Pharm students performing graduation projects at Cardiff University, UK during his doctorate studies. Examples include ‘development of a long-acting contraceptive patch: determining the suitability of polymer blends for facilitating the sustained release of levonorgestrel’ and ‘development of a UV/Vis assay for evaluation of commercially available sunscreen products’.


Adnan started his graduate teaching fellowship at Al-Baath University, Syria being the principal leader of laboratory-based practical modules taught for B.Pharm students (including Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics, Pharmaceutical Technology, and Pharmacology) between 2013 and 2016. As a doctorate researcher at Cardiff University, UK Adnan worked as postgraduate demonstrator co-teaching the laboratory practical modules (Formulation Science & Design, and Formulation & Quality Assurance of Medicinal Products) of the M.Pharm course  and the Cancer Biology & Therapeutics MSc course.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University, UK
  • MSc in Applied Drug Discovery, Medway School of Pharmacy, Universities of Kent & Greenwich, UK
  • Bachelor’s in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Honours), Al-Baath University, Syria
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • A £2000 grant awarded by the Research Development Committee at Cardiff University for early career postdoctoral researchers to fund the maintenance of micro-balancing facility at School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Selected recent publications

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Al Dalaty, A., Gualeni, B., Coulman, S.A., Birchall, J.C. 2022. Models and methods to characterise levonorgestrel release from intradermally administered contraceptives. Drug Delivery and Translational Research, 12, pp. 335-349. doi: 10.1007/s13346-021-01091-5
  • Al Dalaty, A., Karam, A., Najlah, M., Alany, R.G. and Khoder, M., 2016. Effect of non-cross-linked calcium on characteristics, swelling behaviour, drug release and mucoadhesiveness of calcium alginate beads. Carbohydrate Polymers, 140, pp. 163-170. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2015.12.010
Recent presentations and conferences

November 2020: The International Conference on Microneedles, Seoul, Korea. Online poster presentation titled ‘Development of levonorgestrel-loaded polymer formulations for long-term contraceptive delivery from microneedles’

April 2021: Research Day at Cardiff University, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Online oral presentation titled ‘Sustained-Release Microneedles for Intradermal Contraceptive Delivery’

May 2019: Research Day at Cardiff University, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Poster titled ‘Embeddable Sustained Release Microneedles for Transdermal Contraceptive Delivery’