Dr Ali Seyfoddin

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Senior Lecturer in Drug Delivery, Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacology

Phone: +64 921 9999 ext 6033

Email: ali.seyfoddin@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

School of Science, Room WZ562, Level 5, WZ Building, City campus

34 St Paul St, Auckland

School of Science Auckland University of Technology Room WZ510, Level Five, WZ Building City Campus 34 St Paul Street Auckland - See more at: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/sciences/contact-us#sthash.05ElTYj9.dpuf
School of Science Auckland University of Technology Room WZ510, Level Five, WZ Building City Campus 34 St Paul Street Auckland - See more at: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/sciences/contact-us#sthash.05ElTYj9.dpuf
School of Science Auckland University of Technology Room WZ510, Level Five, WZ Building City Campus 34 St Paul Street Auckland - See more at: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/sciences/contact-us#sthash.05ElTYj9.dpuf
School of Science Auckland University of Technology Room WZ510, Level Five, WZ Building City Campus 34 St Paul Street Auckland - See more at: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/sciences/contact-us#sthash.05ElTYj9.dpuf


Postal Address:
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT University, Private Bag 92006, Box A-25, Auckland 1142, New Zealand


Address for blogs:
http://aliseyfoddin.com/blog/


Links to relevant web pages:

https://drugdelivery.aut.ac.nz/

http://aliseyfoddin.com/




Qualifications:

PhD in Pharmacy (Auckland University) , MSc in Drug Delivery (Aston University), BPharm (RGHUS)

Biography:

I am a pharmacist by training and a pharmaceutical scientist with well-established expertise in drug delivery and dosage form design.   I lead the “Drug Delivery Research Group” in AUT. Our current projects include:

 

1.      Development of a 3D printed bio-bullet for vaccine delivery to wildlife

2.      Development of a 3D printed intranasal scaffold for post-operative care

3.      Development of a 3D printed ocular shield for the treatment of corneal diseases 

4.      Micro-encapsulation of probiotics for aquaculture applications

5.      Formulation of natural  pigments from marine species for food and cosmetics use

6.      Development of aerogels from food-grade polymers for drug delivery 

Research specialties

1.      Design and development of novel drug delivery systems including implants, nano- and microcapsules.

2.      3D printing for biomedical applications

3.      Design and development of veterinary drug delivery systems

4.      Drug, nutrition and probiotic delivery systems for aquaculture applications

5.      Encapsulation technology for food and cosmetic applications

Logo for Drug Delivery Research Group

Teaching Areas:

Pharmacology for Professional Practice (527188)

Paper leader for: 

Biomedical Science (BIOL742)

Natural Compounds (BIOL741)

Biomedical Technology (BIOL743)





Research Summary:

Drug delivery is a branch of pharmaceutical sciences. Traditional dosage forms (eg. tablets and capsules) are like a canister shot containing many steel balls (drugs) with the hope that at least one of those balls will hit the target. As a result there are side effects and therapeutic inefficiencies associated with the old dosage forms. Novel drug delivery uses nanotechnology techniques to make the systems more precise and efficient.  There is no better picture to explain the concept of drug delivery than the following by Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy.

2009_Microparticle_drug_delivery_larger

This picture shows drug particles (red colour) encapsulated in a polymeric nanocapsule (blue colour) either for controlled drug release or targeted drug delivery. Sometimes we need extended release of a medicine for better efficiency (eg, chronic management of hypertension) and sometimes we need targeted drug delivery for better efficiency and lesser side effects (eg. cancer chemotherapy).

Here in our lab, we use nano- and micro- encapsulation techniques for not only delivering drugs but also other bio-actives for industrial and environmental applications.

Publications:

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