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Research interests

Dr Ananth Pannala FRSC is a pharmaceutical scientist with a keen interest and expertise in developing novel technologies for delivering therapeutically active molecules. His main research interests are:

  • Encapsulation of therapeutically active molecules in polylactic acid nanoparticles for pulmonary drug delivery
  • pH sensitive release of therapeutically active molecules from biodegradable microparticles for oral drug delivery
  • Development of water soluble complexes with therapeutically active molecules for oral drug delivery
  • Targeted drug delivery to the kidney for the treatment of acute kidney injury
  • Role of oxidative and nitrative stress in health and disease and the efficacy of antioxidants in such conditions

Approach to teaching

My approach to teaching is based on "how would I like to learn the material?". To this effect I had used different teaching and learning approaches such as blended learning, flipped classroom and pedagogic and andragogic approach for module development, teaching, learning and assessment.

The main approach to teaching, however, revolves around practical based application of knowledge. I strongly believe that applying the theoretical knowledge in a practical manner will help in better understanding of the basic concepts. I encourage students to think about the theory and come up with practical solutions.

Scholarly biography

Dr Ananth Pannala FRSC is a Principal Lecturer in Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton. He is the lead for the Biomaterials and Medical Devices and Drug Delivery Research and Enterprise Group.

He is a pharmacist by qualification and his research is predominantly in health and pharmaceutical sciences. His work experience includes both academic and the pharmaceutical industry research fields.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Peroxynitrite induced oxidative modification of low density lipoprotein, King's College London

Award Date: 27 Oct 1997

Master, Synthesis and evaluation of curcumin hindered phenol for enhanced antioxidant and antiinflammatory activity, Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Award Date: 30 Jun 1993

External positions

Visiting Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education


  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • Nanoparticle
  • Drug delivery
  • Antioxidants
  • Microparticles
  • Biomaterials
  • Polylactic acid
  • Pulmonary drug delivery
  • liposomes
  • iron chelators
  • acute kidney injury
  • gold nanoparticles
  • spray drying
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Chromatography
  • Spectroscopy
  • SEM


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