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Dr. Kett is a member of the Drug Delivery Research Group. Her research interests lie in the development and characterisation of freeze-dried (lyophilised) formats. Examples of these include

  • freeze-dried tablets for mucosal (nasal, sublingual and vaginal) administration of material including HIV vaccine and microbicides.
  • freeze-dried/spray freeze-dried liposomes for nasal/pulmonary delivery.
  • freeze-dried nanoparticles for delivery to the eye

More fundamental research includes investigation into the mechanisms of protein protection during freeze-drying using thermal analysis techniques (DSC, MTDSC and isothermal microcalorimetry) as well as neutron scattering in collaboration with colleagues at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

She has also worked extensively in the use of thermal techniques to characterise amorphous systems and the detection of polymorphic transitions.

Dr. Kett was involved in the foundation of the Clinical Raman microscopy unit together with colleagues from the schools of chemistry and Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Science and has published on the use of this technique for the identification of polymorphic changes in pharmaceutical systems.
In 2002 she was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Thermal Methods Group Cyril Keattch award for “The Application of Thermoanalytical Techniques to the Study of the Freeze Drying Process”.

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Projects 2001 2018

Research Output 2000 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Development and pharmacokinetics of a combination vaginal ring for sustained release of dapivirine and the protein microbicide 5P12-RANTES

McBride, J. W., Malcolm, R. K., Dias, N., Cameron, D., Offord, R. E., Hartley, O., Kett, V. L., Devlin, B. & Boyd, P., 10 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 564, p. 207-213 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Female Contraceptive Devices
Anti-Infective Agents
Silicone Elastomers

The impact of electronic prescription on reducing medication errors in an Egyptian outpatient clinic

Kenawy, A. S. & Kett, V., 01 Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Medical Informatics. 127, p. 80-87 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electronic Prescribing
Medication Errors
Ambulatory Care Facilities
8 Citations (Scopus)
142 Downloads (Pure)

Vaginal rings with exposed cores for sustained delivery of the HIV CCR5 inhibitor 5P12-RANTES

McBride, J. W., Boyd, P., Dias, N., Cameron, D., Offord, R. E., Hartley, O., Kett, V. L. & Malcolm, R. K., 01 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Controlled Release. 298, p. 1-11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Female Contraceptive Devices
Silicone Elastomers
Anti-Infective Agents
Intravaginal Administration
9 Citations (Scopus)
126 Downloads (Pure)

DNA vaccination for cervical cancer: Strategic optimisation of RALA mediated gene delivery from a biodegradable microneedle system.

Cole, G., Ali, A., McCrudden, C., McBride, J., McCaffrey, J., Robson, T., Kett, V., Dunne, N., Donnelly, R. & McCarthy, H., 03 Mar 2018, In : European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 127, p. 288-297 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Freeze Drying
2 Citations (Scopus)
149 Downloads (Pure)

Gene Therapy With RALA/iNOS Composite Nanoparticles Significantly Enhances Survival In A Model Of Metastatic Prostate Cancer

McCrudden, C., McBride, J., McCaffrey, J., McErlean, E., Dunne, N., Kett, V., Coulter, J., Robson, T. & McCarthy, H., 01 Jun 2018, In : Cancer Nanotechnology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
gene therapy
Gene therapy
Nitric oxide
Nitric Oxide Synthase Type II
nitric oxide


Invent 2014 Life and Health Category

Victoria Kett (Recipient), Oct 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Pharmacy Schools
Costs and Cost Analysis

QUB Green Fund Award

Maurice Hall (Recipient), Lezley-Anne Hanna (Recipient), Victoria Kett (Recipient), Tara Brown (Recipient) & Claire Lyttle (Recipient), 12 Dec 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

research centre

Activities 2001 2015

External Examiner, PhD

Victoria Kett (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Invited Talk

Victoria Kett (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Royal Society of Chemistry, Thermal Methods Group. Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 2013

Victoria Kett (Member of the organising committee)
08 Apr 201310 Apr 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

External Examiner PhD, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia

Victoria Kett (Examiner)
01 Apr 201310 May 2013

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

External Examiner, PhD School of Pharmacy, University College London

Victoria Kett (Examiner)
08 May 2013

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination