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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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Projects 2002 2024

Research Output 1988 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)

Hibiscus acid from hibiscus sabdariffa (malvaceae) has a vasorelaxant effect on the rat aorta

Zheoat, A. M., Gray, A. I., Igoli, J. O., Ferro, V. A. & Drummond, R. M., 30 Apr 2019, In : Fitoterapia. 134, p. 5-13 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vasodilator Agents
1 Downloads (Pure)

Metabolomic profiling of the immune stimulatory effect of eicosenoids on PMA-differentiated THP-1 cells

Alqarni, A. M., Dissanayake, T., Nelson, D. J., Parkinson, J. A., Dufton, M. J., Ferro, V. A. & Watson, D. G., 9 Oct 2019, In : Vaccines. 7, 4, 26 p., 142.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Bee Venoms
Immune System


Anticancer activity of Lovage (Levisticum officinale Koch) extracts

Author: Abubaker, N., 1 Sep 2011

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

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Bioactive phytochemicals from Libyan medicinal plants : Cynara cyrenaica Maire and Weill and Cyclamen rohlfsianum Aschers

Author: El Tomi, T. M. M., 1 May 2017

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

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2004 2017

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