Dr Gianpiero Calabrese


Dr Gianpiero Calabrese (MSc, PhD, MRSC, SFHEA) completed his Master Degree in Organic and Biological Chemistry at Universita' degli Studi di Salerno. In 2004, he joined the Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Group at University of Portsmouth where he read for a PhD in medicinal chemistry. In 2008, he joined the Department of Pharmacy at Kingston University, London where he currently is Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior lecturer


  • PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University
  • PhD in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry at University of Portsmouth
  • Master Degree in Organic and Biological Chemistry at Universita' degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Teaching and learning

Lecturer in pharmaceutics, drug delivery, physical chemistry, organic/analytical chemistry. Module leader for pharmaceutics modules on Master of Pharmacy and Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences.

Academic Impact Awards

2020: Best Personal Tutor Award (winner), Kingston University, London

2019: Best Postgraduate Teacher Award (nomination), Kingston University, London

2017: Best Personal Tutor Award (runner-up), Kingston University, London

2016: Developing Students' Employability Award (runner-up), Kingston University, London

2015: Best Personal Tutor Award (winner), Kingston University, London

2015: Best Project/Dissertation Supervisor Award (nomination), Kingston University, London

2013: Best Teacher (runner-up), Kingston University, London

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Drug delivery: polymeric nanoparticles, liposomes and carbon nanotubes for the targeting of the Central Nervous System. Design, synthesis and formulation of boron-containing compounds for selective mitochondrial targeting in the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy of brain cancers. Electronic cigarettes: analysis of content, public health issues related to pharmacy practice, pharmacology/toxicology, formulation. Peer reviewer for 5 scientific journals of high impact factor. Pedagogy in higher education.

Research student supervision


Number of items: 14.


Caprifico, Anna E., Polycarpou, Elena, Foot, Peter J. S. and Calabrese, Gianpiero (2020) Fluorescein isothiocyanate chitosan nanoparticles in oral drug delivery studies. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, ISSN (print) 0165-6147 (Epub Ahead of Print)

ElShaer, Amr, Casanova, Diogo, Freestone, Nicholas S and Calabrese, Gianpiero (2020) Students' perceptions of the value of electronic feedback : does disciplinary background really matter? British Journal Of Educational Technology, 51(2), pp. 590-606. ISSN (print) 0007-1013

Babenko, Mai, Peron, Jean-Marie R., Kaialy, Waseem, Calabrese, Gianpiero, Alany, Raid G. and ElShaer, Amr (2019) [sup]1H NMR quantification of spray dried and spray freeze-dried saccharide carriers in dry powder inhaler formulations. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 564, pp. 318-328. ISSN (print) 0378-5173

Olusanya, Temidayo O.B., Calabrese, Gianpiero, Fatouros, Dimitrios G., Tsibouklis, John and Smith, James R. (2019) Liposome formulations of o-carborane for the boron neutron capture therapy of cancer. Biophysical Chemistry, 247, pp. 25-33. ISSN (print) 0301-4622

Calabrese, Gianpiero, Daou, Anis, Barbu, Eugen and Tsibouklis, John (2018) Towards carborane-functionalised structures for the treatment of brain cancer. Drug Discovery Today, 23(1), pp. 63-75. ISSN (print) 1359-6446

Calabrese, Gianpiero, Daou, Anis, Rova, Aikaterini, Tseligka, Eirini D., Vizirianakis, Ioannis S, Fatouros, Dimitris and Tsibouklis, John (2017) Boron-containing delocalised lipophilic cations for the selective targeting of cancer cells. MedChemComm, 8(1), pp. 67-72. ISSN (print) 2040-2503

Buonocore, Federico, Marques Gomes, Ana C N, Nabhani-Gebara, Shereen, Barton, Stephen J. and Calabrese, Gianpiero (2017) Labelling of electronic cigarettes: regulations and current practice. Tobacco Control, 26(1), pp. 46-52. ISSN (print) 0964-4563

Marques Gomes, Ana C N, Nabhani-Gebara, Shereen, Kayyali, Reem, Buonocore, Federico and Calabrese, Gianpiero (2016) Survey of community pharmacists' perception of electronic cigarettes in London. BMJ Open, 6(11), e013214. ISSN (online) 2044-6055

ElShaer, Amr, Calabrese, Gianpiero, Casanova, Diogo and Huet, Isabel (2016) Building a community of practice for engaging pharmacy students to learn in a collaborative research environment. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 8(5), pp. 698-707. ISSN (print) 1877-1297

Tseligka, Eirini D., Rova, Aikaterini, Amanatiadou, Elsa P., Calabrese, Gianpiero, Tsibouklis, John, Fatouros, Dimitrios G. and Vizirianakis, Ioannis S. (2016) Pharmacological development of target-specific delocalized lipophilic cation-functionalized carboranes for cancer therapy. Pharmaceutical Research, 33(8), pp. 1945-1958. ISSN (print) 0724-8741

Al-Kinani, Ali Athab, Naughton, Declan P., Calabrese, Gianpiero, Vangala, Anil, Smith, James R., Pierscionek, Barbara K. and Alany, Raid G. (2015) Analysis of 2-oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography: application for ocular delivery using chitosan nanoparticles. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 407(9), pp. 2645-2650. ISSN (print) 1618-2642

Vimalarasa, Rubini, Foot, P. J. and Calabrese, Gianpierro (2014) Evaluation of a smart polymer nanosphere for potential use in anticancer drug delivery. Polymers and Polymer Composites, 22(9), pp. 753-762. ISSN (print) 0967-3911

Conference or Workshop Item

Vimalarasa, Rubini, Foot, Peter J. S. and Calabrese, Gianpiero (2015) Polypyrrole-chitosan core-shell nanoparticles for anticancer drug delivery. In: 4th NanoFar Autumn School; 26 - 30 Oct 2015, Nantes, France. (Unpublished)

Yasmin, Z., Gomes, A., Calabrese, G. and Nabhani-Gebara, S. (2014) Community pharmacists' perceptions of e-cigarettes. In: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference; 07 - 08 Sep 2014, Birmingham, U.K..

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Leadership and management

Admission Tutor for Foundation Pharmacy, Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences (Pre-Pharmacy) and Master of Pharmacy.

Leader of the Personal Tutor Scheme in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. 

University responsibilities

  • Personal Tutor Scheme Leader in SEC