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Personal Statement

Chancellor's Research Fellow 

My field of expertise lies in the characterization of biologics and nanomedicine formulation attributes and in vivo performance using traditional and novel analytical approaches. 

Areas of research interest in my lab are summarized as follows;

  • Understanding environmental and physicochemical determinants of solution-phase formulation stability.
  • Determining key critical quality attributes in particle design to inform optimal in vivo performance.
  • Evaluation of nanomedicine interaction with biological media, and the mechanism of cellular uptake in two- and three-dimensional cellular models.
  • Applying novel imaging modalities for evaluating drug and nanoparticle biodistribution, and impact on tumor response.
  • The interplay between the tumour microenvironment and nanomedicine in vivo performance with a view to developing biorelevant in vitro tests.

My lab is also interested in understanding the biological drivers of disease in lupus and oncology with a view to developing new diagnostics and therapeutics.

I am passionate about improving access to education, achievement and realizing potential for young budding scientists and am open to local STEM and healthcare-related widening participation initiatives. I am co-director (Pharmacy) with Dr Margaret Cunningham (Biomedical Sciences) for outreach in the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Pharmacy, University of Manchester

Sep 2004May 2008

Doctor of Philosophy

Sep 2009May 2013


  • Drug Delivery
  • Drug development
  • Protein aggregation
  • Nanoparticles
  • Cancer therapy

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Proteins Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2019 2024

Research Output 2012 2019

Evaluation of temporal aggregation processes using spatial intensity distribution analysis

Rattray, Z., Zindy, E., Buzza, K. M. & Pluen, A., 23 Sep 2019, Protein Self-Assembly: Methods and Protocols. McManus, J. J. (ed.). New York, NY: Springer, p. 141-155 15 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 2039).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Biological Models
Neurodegenerative Diseases
3 Downloads (Pure)

Metabolic dysregulation in vitamin E and carnitine shuttle energy mechanisms associate with human frailty

Rattray, N. J. W., Trivedi, D. K., Xu, Y., Chandola, T., Johnson, C. H., Marshall, A. D., Mekli, K., Rattray, Z., Tampubolon, G., Vanhoutte, B., White, I. R., Wu, F. C. W., Pendleton, N., Nazroo, J. & Goodacre, R., 5 Nov 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 12 p., 5027.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


AstraZeneca innovation award winner

Zahra Rattray (Recipient), Aug 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Award for best grade in physical pharmacy

Zahra Rattray (Recipient), Sep 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2018 2020

  • 12 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 1 Journal or guest editorship
  • 1 Journal peer review
  • 1 Membership of committee

MCR Pathways mentor

Zahra Rattray (Participant)
Jan 2020 → …

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

Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Great Britain (External organisation)

Zahra Rattray (Advisor)
Dec 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee