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Dr Geetha Srinivasan

Dr Geetha Srinivasan

Ionic Liquids and Their Biomedical Applications
Dr Geetha Srinivasan, is a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. The aim of her research is to produce an advanced method of drug delivery directly to the site of infection, eliminating the conventional route of drug administration orally in which the drug often loses efficacy before it reaches the site of infection due to metabolism in the gastro-intestinal track. An electronic probe loaded with the necessary drug in the right quantity could be introduced through a catheter into the body. When an external electric potential/current is applied to this probe, the drug in the probe will be delivered into the body fluid. She will use conducting polymers as the probe in the catheter and ionic liquids as a solvent medium to load the water-insoluble drugs into the polymers. Conducting polymers are known as intelligent materials with the unique behaviour of trapping an ion into their structure and release the ion by an electric potential. This property will be used to load and release the drug, making treatment instantaneous and effective. Dr Srinivasan intends to use the Fellowship for childcare, a visit to an international collaborator and for the consumables required for her proposed drug delivery research.

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