Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

7 West -3.13


 Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384901 


Current group members

[co]-supervised PhD students, postdoctoral research associates, technical staff:

  • James Clarke
  • Luis Rodrigo Contreras-Rojas
  • Sarah Cordery
  • Alice Maciel Tabosa 
  • Andrea Pensado
  • Simon Vanstone

Prof Richard Guy 


Richard Guy received an M.A. in Chemistry from Oxford University, and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of London. He has held academic posts at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Geneva. In 2004, he joined the University of Bath as Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Guy is an elected fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Great Britain, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Controlled Release Society, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2016, he was awarded a D.Sc. from Oxford. 


Dr. Guy's research focuses on skin barrier function characterization, transdermal drug delivery, enhancement of percutaneous absorption, iontophoresis, noninvasive biosensing, and the prediction and assessment of skin penetration and topical bioavailability. Dr. Guy has published 350+ peer-reviewed articles and over 70 book chapters. He has co-authored one book and co-edited 7 others. He is also co-inventor of 12 patents. Specific ongoing projects include: measurement of the skin's biomechanical properties at the nanoscale using atomic force microscopy; exploring in vitro - in vivo correlations to faciltate the determination of topical drug product bioavailability and bioequivalence; the potential of polymeric film-forming systems as sustained release platforms for topical drugs; determination of the disposition of drug and formulation excipients (including nanoparticles) post-application to the skin using coherent Raman scattering and confocal microscopy; examination of a graphene-based biosensor for noninvasive, transdermal glucose monitoring; quantification of dermal absorption from pesticide residues from treated plant surfaces; and derivation and evaluation of predictive models of percutaneous penetration for pharmaceutical and cosmetic 'actives', and for potentially toxic chemicals, which come into contact with skin.


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