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1) Mission
“The student-led platform connecting, representing and developing today’s aspiring scientists”.

2) Aims and Objectives
(i) Help students from a wide range of backgrounds to:
- Connect with like-minded individuals from both academia and industry
- Develop and gain confidence in key scientific skills
(ii) Provide opportunities for students to inspire others and (hopefully!) become themselves inspired.
(iii) Lay solid foundations for a successful scientific career and a lifelong association with the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS)

3) Committee (Who we are!)
Chair: Daniel Phillips
I graduated from the University of Warwick with an MChem (Chemistry) during which time I spent a year working in the Analytical Sciences department of MSD, Hoddesdon. I am currently in the first year of my PhD, again at Warwick where my project combines organic, polymer and materials chemistry to prepare materials capable of interacting with cell membranes selectively upon subtle changes in local environments. Outside of science (yes, there is an outside!), I enjoy playing sports, learning other languages (where time allows!) and of course, helping make SAPS a valuable organisation worth joining!

Co-Chair: Grace Hatton

I recently graduated from University College London with an MPharm in Pharmacy; previously completed an extramural research project at MSD in Hoddesdon; and am currently undertaking my pre-registration pharmacist training at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Cheshire. I am also a visiting scientist within the Basit Group at the UCL School of Pharmacy, and would cite surfing as my favourite sport, if only I were any good at it!

Treasurer: Oli Croad

I am now in the final year of my PhD in the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis (LBSA) within the School of Pharmacy at The University of Nottingham. Originally from near Malvern in Worcestershire, I came to Nottingham in 2003 to study for an MSci in Chemistry and Molecular Physics. After graduating I took some time to decide on the next step in my career, working back in Worcester and going travelling around the world for 4 months, starting my PhD on my return. As a board member of SAPS, I hope to help students within pharmaceutical sciences to make the most of opportunities available to them within APS by increasing awareness of these opportunities and making them more accessible.

IT Officers:


Behfar Moghaddam (Linked In)

I am a research student and received my BSc in pharmaceutical science in 2007 from BIHE, Iran before moving to England to continue my studies. I completed my MSc in drug delivery at the UCL School of Pharmacy in 2008. From the square I moved to the Aston triangle to begin my PhD in 2009 and am currently writing up my thesis. My research looks at the preparation of liposomal DNA vaccines, a topic on which I have authored a few published papers. I have been a member of scientific organisations such as CRS, AAPS, ILS, GPEN, UKICRS and APS and am committed to helping SAPS prosper!

Shriya Pancholi (Twitter)

After studying Pharmaceutical Science as my undergraduate degree, I have chosen to pursue my career within academia and enter the great world of research. My PhD project is based on formulation and development of tablets containing yeast for the application of probiotics. Having worked at Unilever as an industrial placement has given an insight into industry. Being given opportunities to attend conferences and join societies, my network of contacts is continuously growing.

Every day is new!


Yewande I. Oni (Facebook)

As a PhD student in the University of Nottingham Formulation Insights Group, my main focus is on control release dosage forms. My interests lie in novel formulation studies and strategies which span across a range of pharmaceutical developments and analytical techniques. I am a qualified Pharmacist by training with experience in both hospital and community settings.

Carmen Pang (Facebook)

I am currently fourth year student at the University of Hertfordshire. I am originally from Canada and studied at the University of Waterloo before coming abroad to take on the amazing opportunity to do my MPharm degree. My friends would definitely describe me as a pro-active, enthusiastic, and sometimes daft individual! Some of my hobbies are cheerleading, generally getting involved, and also video games. Other things I really like are food, books, and looking after my two rabbits.

Satyajit Sheritage (Facebook)

I graduated with a B. Pharmacy from the University of Mumbai, India before gaining an MSc in Pharmaceutical analysis from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. I am currently working towards a PhD in Dermal Drug Delivery at the University of Hertfordshire though prior to this, I gained industrial experience with GlaxoSmithKline and Almac Pharma Services as an analytical scientist in the formulation development division. I joined SAPS to educate and improve networking amongst young scientists.

Additional Committee Members:


Andrzej Gallas

Currently, I am a PhD student in the Targeted Therapeutics Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham. Research-wise, I am trying to develop a novel in-vitro screening approach that is expected to simplify and accelerate the assessment of formulation performance in drug development. Occupation-wise, I am a pharmacist with four years of a professional work experience, mainly in the community settings in the UK and Poland.

Jitinder Singh Wilkhu

I am studying a PhD in Vaccine development at Aston University. I am a pharmaceutical scientist of background and had the desire to continue into research by doing a PhD. Currently, I am the graduate chairman of the UK and Ireland Controlled Release Society and am approachable for networking opportunities.

Mohammed Maniruzzaman

As a PhD student currently I’m working on the developments of oral solid dosage forms by using Hot-melt extrusion (HME) at the Centre of Excellence (University of Greenwich). My research mainly lies in solubility and bioavailability enhancements, in vivo and in vitro taste masking, modified release and intermolecular interactions. I will soon begin a post doc, again at the University of Greenwich, focussing on the development of novel drug delivery systems.

Dr Bahijja Raimi-Abraham

  I graduated with an MPharm degree from the University of East Anglia, School of Pharmacy in 2007 and registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2008 after completing my pre-registration year at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. I then returned to the University of East Anglia to undertake a PhD (whilst continuing to practice as a locum pharmacist) under the supervision of Dr Anja Muller, Dr Susan Barker and Professor Duncan Craig. My thesis was titled “The Design and Analysis of Sugar-Based Carrier Systems For the Protection of Nucleic Acids”.
My current research interests lie in formulation science (including formulation of nucleic acids) and material science characterisation (in particular characterisation of the sugar Trehalose Dihydrate).

Iraneus Ogu

With a degree in Biochemistry/Microbiology, and presently studying for a Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences, I enjoy trying to make a difference. I have a passion for developing businesses and love research, music and sports. I joined SAPS because of the excellent opportunities the group provides to network with fellow scientists and also to extend my sphere of learning.

Jack Robertson


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