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Steven Ford, BSc PhD MSc MRSC CChem


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Dr Steven Ford is a Research Fellow and QC Manager at the Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit and has co-authored papers, patents and conference abstracts. In his spare time he plays several different musical instruments (or at least he tries to!)

Academic / Professional qualifications

Dr Steven Ford graduated in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in 1991 and, funded by a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship, he completed his Ph.D. in Novel Raman Studies of the Conformation and Dynamics of Biological Macromolecules. After his Ph.D. he diversified into other analytical techniques and completed a M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Analysis at the University of Strathclyde (this time funded by a Sanofi-Winthrop Scholarship). He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist and became a (IMP) Qualified Person under the transitional arrangements following the adoption of EC directive 2001/20.

Industrial Relevance

Dr Steven Ford worked for nearly two years as an analyst both large scale and small biotech industries, before moving to his current post in 1998. The Formulation Unit works closely with the Cancer Research UK's Drug Development Office to get putative anti-cancer therapies into early phase clinical trials. This work can be carried out in partnership with commercial companies.

Research Interests

Analytical method development for pharmaceutical analysis.

Mathematical processing of data to enhance quantitiative/qualitative measurements.

Sonification - the conversion of data to sound.

Developing 'core skills' in undergrad students and postgrad communties.


  • HPLC
  • Spectroscopy
  • QC analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

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Projects 2012 2021

Cancer Research UK Formulation - PhD Studentship

Halbert, G., Dick, L., Elliott, M. & Ford, S.

Cancer Research UK CRUK


Project: Research - StudentshipResearch Studentship

Roberts Funding / Skills Training / RA4879

Ford, S.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 2002 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Characterisation and optimisation of diclofenac sodium orodispersible thin film formulation

Khadra, I., Obeid, M. A., Dunn, C., Watts, S., Halbert, G., Ford, S. & Mullen, A., 20 Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 561, p. 43-46 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drug Delivery Systems
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Open Access
Drug products
Pharmaceutical Preparations
United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Activities 2013 2014

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - To be assigned

Journalist Inteviiew

Steven Ford (Interviewee)
1 Jul 2014

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Drafting SIPBS social media guidelines

Steven Ford (Contributor)
3 Jul 2014

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - To be assigned