School of Pharmacy

Staff Profile

Dr Wing Man Lau

Senior Lecturer

Background

Dr Wing Man Lau is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics at Newcastle University. Her areas of expertise are polymers, toxicology, nanatechnology, wound healing, drug delivery and skin.

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Research

Areas of Research Interest:

Medicines and drug delivery design and evaluation: This research work focuses on the design of sophisticated drugs and delivery systems to enhance drug delivery. To devise strategies to overcome absorption barriers (including the skin and mucous membranes), this includes pro-drugs, co-drugs, co-formulations, microneedles, nanotechnology, bioresponsive drug release systems, and site-specific drug targeting systems.

Drug toxicity testing: Our work focuses on the impact of the drug system at the cellular level using a range of tissue culture and molecular biology techniques including immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry and Western Blot analysis. The ultimate aim is to improve drug formulation, bioavailability, safety and patient acceptability.

Wound healing: In this work, we study the cellular effects of different wound healing treatments (including hyperbaric oxygen therapy) using monolayer cell cultures and to understand the cellular mechanisms underpinning the wound healing process.

Other research interests are:

Clinical practice research: This work involves promoting the effective use of drugs in the primary and secondary care settings, by enhancing the roles of various healthcare professionals in patient education. This is done by identifying the current barriers to effective drug use and raising public awareness on avoiding adverse effects and improving dosing accuracy.

Pharmacy Education: I also have interest in the use of technology in pharmacy education, investigating the benefit of various teaching methods and their impact in enhancing teaching and learning environment.

Publications