1988 …2020

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Personal Statement

Val Ferro read Biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen (BSc Hons 1985) and carried out postgraduate research into Tumour Biology at the University of St. Andrews. (PhD, 1989). She moved to the University of Strathclyde in 1989 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, managing commercially-funded projects on vaccine development. She became a lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018.

Research Interests

Current research interests within Dr Ferro's group focuses on three main areas: development of non-invasive human and veterinary vaccines, development of anti-fertility vaccines and natural product research.


Teaching Interests

Val teaches at both undergraduate (Years 1, 2 and 4) and postgraduate level.

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Research Output

Translational modifications to improve vaccine efficacy in an oral influenza vaccine

Bennett, E., Mullen, A. B. & Ferro, V. A., Dec 2009, In : Methods. 49, 4, p. 322-327 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Immunisation with a plasmid DNA vaccine encoding gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH-I) and T-helper epitopes in saline suppresses rodent fertility

    Khan, M. A. H., Ogita, K., Ferro, V. A., Kumasawa, K., Tsutsui, T. & Kimura, T., 4 Mar 2008, In : Vaccine. 26, 10, p. 1365-1374 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 27 Citations (Scopus)


    Anticancer activity of Lovage (Levisticum officinale Koch) extracts

    Author: Abubaker, N., 24 Jun 2015

    Supervisor: Ferro, V. (Supervisor) & Gray, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis

    A study of the metabolic immune responses produced by some natural products

    Author: ALQARNI, A. M. H., 5 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Watson, D. (Supervisor) & Ferro, V. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    University of Stirling (External organisation)

    Valerie Ferro (Advisor)
    Nov 20172018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    South African Medical Research Council (External organisation)

    Valerie Ferro (Advisor)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee


    Economic benefit and competitive advantage from commercial adoption of an innovative non-invasive delivery method for drugs and vaccines

    Katharine Carter (Participant), Valerie Ferro (Participant), Alexander Mullen (Participant), James Alexander (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services