Drug delivery, nanomedicine, bioengineering

Salma specialises in the design, synthesis, optimization, and in vitro and in vivo characterisation of nanoparticles (liposomes, micelles and polymersomes) used for cancer treatment.   

​Salma Ahmed is a PhD candidate in Bioengineering in Thurecht Group at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) and the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), at The University of Queensland, Australia. With a background in chemical engineering, Salma applies her knowledge in chemistry, biology, molecular imaging and data analysis, to develop next generation tools for precision cancer nanomedicine. Salma has multiple years of experience in teaching and research. Throughout her career, Salma co-authored multiple research articles and a book chapter, and won several academic and non-academic scholarships, awards and prizes. She is also an advocate for STEM education, a TEDxUQ curator, and an accredited MHFAider. Salma is looking forward to applying her expertise in a post-doctoral position upon completing her PhD.

Key Publications

​Ahmed, Salma E., Ana M. Martins, and Ghaleb A. Husseini. "The use of ultrasound to release chemotherapeutic drugs from micelles and liposomes." Journal of drug targeting 23, no. 1 (2015): 16-42.

Moussa, Hesham G., Ghaleb A. Husseini, Nabil Abel-Jabbar, and Salma E. Ahmad. "Use of model predictive control and artificial neural networks to optimize the ultrasonic release of a model drug from liposomes." IEEE transactions on nanobioscience 16, no. 3 (2017): 149-156.

Ahmed, Salma E., Hesham G. Moussa, Ana M. Martins, Mohammad H. Al-Sayah, and Ghaleb A. Husseini. "Effect of pH, ultrasound frequency and power density on the release of calcein from stealth liposomes." European Journal of Nanomedicine 8, no. 1 (2016): 31-43.

Ahmed, Salma E., Nahid Awad, Vinod Paul, Hesham G. Moussa, and Ghaleb A. Husseini. "Improving the efficacy of anticancer drugs via encapsulation and acoustic release." Current topics in medicinal chemistry 18, no. 10 (2018): 857-880.

Martins, Ana M., Salma E. Ahmed, Rute F. Vitor, and Ghaleb Husseini. "Ultrasonic drug delivery using micelles and liposomes." (2016).