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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am always open to PhD applications in the field of nanopharmaceutical, targeted delivery, smart and novel nanomaterials, exosomes, immunotherapy, tumour microenvironment, and nanotoxicology.


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Personal profile

Research Statement

Dr Al-Jamal is an overseas (Jordan) and a UK-registered pharmacist. She completed her PhD in Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery from London School of Pharmacy (now known as UCL School of Pharmacy), following receiving the prestigious Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) Award from the University of London. Her PhD research project focused on developing novel liposome-based systems for combinatory therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. In 2008, Dr Al-Jamal joined UCL School of Pharmacy as a Research Fellow focusing on live animal imaging and evaluating organ biodistribution of a variety of novel gene and drug delivery vectors. In 2012, she was appointed at The Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London as a Senior Research Associate, focusing on evaluating the behaviour and the efficacy of personalised nanomedicines to treat cancer. Dr Al-Jamal joined the University of East Anglia, Norwich, as a Lecturer in Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery (2013-2014), before being awarded a five-year Career Development Fellowship from Prostate Cancer UK, to develop novel nanomedicines targeting metastatic prostate cancer. In August 2017, Dr Al-Jamal joined Queen’s University Belfast School of Pharmacy as a Reader in Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery.

Dr Al-Jamal is a Visiting Professor at Guizhou Medical School, Guiyang, China. She was the GSK Emerging Scientist Award winner for 2015 for her work in the field of Cancer Nanomedicine. She also received the prestigious international Gro Brundtland Award, Taiwan, that recognizes distinguished female scientists in the field of sustainable development.



Research Interests

Dr Al-Jamal's multidisciplinary team works on developing novel nanomedicines for combinatory therapy and theranostic applications. Currently, her research focuses on developing smart vectors for delivering a broad range of therapeutic agents, and to fabricate multifunctional nanoparticles to target cancer and other diseases. Her long-term research career is to facilitate the translation of nanoparticle-based therapeutics from the lab to the clinic.

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Research Output

EGFR-targeted immunoliposomes efficiently deliver docetaxel to prostate cancer cells

Eloy, J. O., Ruiz, A., de Lima, F. T., Petrilli, R., Raspantini, G., Nogueira, K. A. B., Santos, E., de Oliveira, C. S., Borges, J. C., Marchetti, J. M., Al-Jamal, W. T. & Chorilli, M., 06 Jun 2020, In : Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 194, 111185.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Enhanced selectivity, cellular uptake, and in vitro activity of an intrinsically fluorescent copper-tirapazamine nanocomplex for hypoxia targeted therapy in prostate cancer

    Silva, V. L., Kaassis, A., Dehsorkhi, A., Koffi, C-R., Severic, M., Abdelhamid, M., Nyimanu, D., Morris, C. J. & Al-Jamal, W. T., 11 Mar 2020, In : Biomaterials science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Liposome-Templated Indocyanine Green J- Aggregates for In Vivo Near Infrared Imaging and Stable Photothermal Heating

    Cheung, C. C. L., Ma, G., Karatasos, K., Seitsonen, J., Ruokolainen, J., Koffi, C-R., Hassan, H. & Al-Jamal, W. T., 28 Feb 2020, In : Nanotheranostics. 4, 2, p. 91-106 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Magneto-Liposomes as MRI Contrast Agents: A Systematic Study of Different Liposomal Formulations

    Kostevšek, N., Cheung, C. C. L., Serša, I., Kreft, M. E., Monaco, I., Comes Franchini, M., Vidmar, J. & Al-Jamal, W. T., 06 May 2020, In : Nanomaterials. 10, 5, 18 p., 889.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Gro Brundtland Award for Women in Sustainable Development, Taiwan

    Al-Jamal, Wafa (Recipient), 16 Mar 2017

    Prize: National/international honour

    GSK Emerging Scientist Award (£1000), UK

    Al-Jamal, Wafa (Recipient), 07 Sep 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Novel Targeted Nanomedicine for Metastatic Prostate Cancer

    Al-Jamal, Wafa (Recipient), 31 Mar 2014

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    • 12 Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference
    • 7 Invited talk
    • 1 Participation in conference

    41st All Ireland Schools of Pharmacy conference

    Wenrui Zhang (Participant), , Wafa Al-Jamal (Participant), & Thakur Raghu Raj Singh (Participant)

    17 Apr 201918 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Temperature-Sensitive Magnetoliposomes for Photothermally Triggered Drug Release & MR Imaging

    Wafa Al-Jamal (Invited speaker)

    26 Sep 201829 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Nanotechnology for Cancer Immunotherapy and Cell Programming

    Wafa Al-Jamal (Invited speaker)

    25 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Nanoparticle Drug Delivery in Cancer

    Wafa Al-Jamal (Keynote speaker)

    26 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Photothermally Activated Magnetoliposomes for Cancer Therapy and Imaging

    Wafa Al-Jamal (Invited speaker)

    02 Sep 201805 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference