Dr Heba Ghazal


Having worked in academia, the industry and community pharmacies, I have a unique expertise in research, pharmacy practice and academic teaching. In the industry, I have worked on several projects in areas related to the stability of pharmaceutical formulations. This experience was applied in other related areas such as the stability of food preserved in open refrigerators, detection of carcinogenic in herbal drinks and waste management. I have also collaborated with other UK and international universities on various projects related to pharmaceutical analysis, and water treatment/quality. I also supervise MSc and PhD students in Kingston university and other UK universities.

I am senior lecturer at Kingston University, committed to providing high quality teaching and aspire to motivate students to achieve excellent results. I teach a range of topics including: clinical pharmacy, law and ethics, mental health and pharmaceutical numeracy. Since pharmaceutical calculations play an integral role within the pharmacy profession and patient safety, I have a keen interest in teaching pharmacy calculations and developing my teaching methods to aid student understanding.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PhD in Biopharmaceutics, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Master's degree, University of Manchester
  • Diploma in Pharmaceutical Quality Control and Analytical Methods
  • Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy
  • PGCert Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow in the Higher education academy (HEA)

Undergraduate courses taught


  • Environment and pollution related research, including the the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environment
  • The use of biochar obtained from the pyrolysis of municipal solid waste to remove pollutants from water, in particular pharmaceutical waste products and antibiotics.      
  • Evaluating the safety of food, the effect of storage conditions on the oxidative stability of lipids in food products.  This is a part of a project in collaboration that aims to evaluate new supermarket shelves that provide a consistent cooling in supermarket fridges.
  • The development and validation of stability indicating methods for the analysis of medicinal substances such as rivaroxaban, sitagliptin and terbinafine in bulk drug substance and pharmaceutical preparations, analytical techniques: HPLC or GC.
  • Comparing the levels of carcinogenic substances polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in the herbal drink - Yerba Mate - dried using traditional method versus samples dried using the novel drying system. The aim of the project is to develop a sensitive method to detect and quantify the PAH levels and then apply the method to evaluate the efficiency of the new drying technology on PAH levels.
  • Preparing liquid formulation of drugs which are only available in solid forms and evaluate their stability.
  • Through collaboration with the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Wroc?aw University of Science and Technology, Poland, a project concerned with air quality and the toxicity and genotoxicity assessment of particulate matters suspended in urban areas has been conducted.
  • Synthesis of pH-responsive hydrogel for the controlled drug delivery. Funded by the IAEA.
  • Pharmacy practice topics. Examples being: the pharmacists' perception towards current issues or changes; their perception about the evolving clinical role of pharmacists; and running audits in a clinical practice.
  • Developing materials that help students ‘visualize' the calculation problems through the use of drawings, simple animations and short videos to illustrate the solutions and to get them to replicate, in their minds, the actual practice.

Scholarly affiliations

  • Higher Education Higher academy (FHEA)
  • General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) member


Number of items: 27.


Czajczyńska, Dina, Krzyżyńska, Renata, Ghazal, Heba and Jouhara, Hussam (2022) Experimental investigation of waste tyres pyrolysis gas desulfurization through absorption in alkanolamines solutions. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, ISSN (print) 0360-3199 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Ghazal, Heba, Koumaki, Elena, Hoslett, John, Malamis, Simos, Katsou, Evina, Barcelo, Damia and Jouhara, Hussam (2022) Insights into current physical, chemical and hybrid technologies used for the treatment of wastewater contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Journal of Cleaner Production, 361, p. 132079. ISSN (print) 0959-6526

Hoslett, John, Ghazal, Heba, Katsou, Evina and Jouhara, Hussam (2021) The removal of tetracycline from water using biochar produced from agricultural discarded material. Science of The Total Environment, 751, p. 141755. ISSN (print) 0048-9697

Trusz, Agnieszka, Ghazal, Heba and Piekarska, Katarzyna (2020) Seasonal variability of chemical composition and mutagenic effect of organic PM2.5 pollutants collected in the urban area of Wrocław (Poland). Science of the Total Environment, 733, p. 138911. ISSN (print) 0048-9697

Ajji, Z., Maarouf, M., Khattab, A. and Ghazal, H. (2020) Synthesis of pH-responsive hydrogel based on PVP grafted with crotonic acid for controlled drug delivery. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 170, p. 108612. ISSN (print) 0969-806X

Hoslett, John, Ghazal, Heba, Mohamad, Nour and Jouhara, Hussam (2020) Removal of methylene blue from aqueous solutions by biochar prepared from the pyrolysis of mixed municipal discarded material. Science of the Total Environment, 714, p. 136832. ISSN (print) 0048-9697

Hoslett, John, Ghazal, Heba, Ahmad, Darem and Jouhara, Hussam (2019) Removal of copper ions from aqueous solution using low temperature biochar derived from the pyrolysis of municipal solid waste. Science of the Total Environment, 673, pp. 777-789. ISSN (print) 0048-9697

Ghazal, Heba, Ahmadouk, Judy, Dhanji, Sumayya, El-bushra, Amani, Kayyali, Reem and Elshaer, Amr (2019) Patients' and prescribers' perception of contact lenses as a potential ocular drug delivery system. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 42(2), pp. 190-195. ISSN (print) 1367-0484

Hoslett, John, Theoni, Massara, Malamis, Simos, Ahmad, Darem, Boogaert, Inge Van Den, Katsou, Evina, Ahmad, Balsam, Ghazal, Heba, Simons, Stefaan, Wrobel, Luiz and Jouhara, Hussam (2018) Surface water filtration using granular media and membranes: A review. Science of the Total Environment, 639, pp. 1268-1282. ISSN (print) 0048-9697

Jouhara, Hussam, Ahmad, Darem, Czajczynska, Dina, Ghazal, Heba, Anguilano, Lorna, Reynolds, Alan, Rutkowski, Piotr, Krzyzynska, Renata, Katsou, Evina, Simons, Stefaan and Spencer, Nik (2018) Experimental investigation on the chemical characterisation of pyrolytic products of discarded food at temperatures up to 300[degrees]C. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 5, pp. 579-588. ISSN (print) 2451-9049

Arous, Basima, Al-Mardini, Mohammad Amer, Ghazal, Heba and Al-Lahham, Fida (2018) Stability-indicating method for the determination of Rivaroxaban and its degradation products using LC-MS and TLC. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology, 11(1), pp. 212-220. ISSN (print) 0974-3618

Jouhara, H., Nannou, T.K., Ghazal, H. and Spencer, N. (2017) Heat pipe based municipal waste treatment unit for home energy recovery. Energy, 139, pp. 1210-1230. ISSN (print) 0360-5442

Jouhara, H., Czajczynska, D., Ghazal, H., Krzyzynska, R., Anguilano, L., Reynolds, A.J. and Spencer, N. (2017) Municipal waste management systems for domestic use. Energy, 139, pp. 485-506. ISSN (print) 0360-5442

Czajczynska, D., Anguilano, L., Ghazal, H., Krzyzynska, R., Reynolds, A.J., Spencer, N. and Jouhara, H. (2017) Potential of pyrolysis processes in the waste management sector. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 3, pp. 171-197. ISSN (print) 2451-9049

Czajczynska, Dina, Nannou, Theodora, Anguilano, Lorna, Krzyzynska, Renata, Ghazal, Heba, Spencer, Nik and Jouhara, Hussam (2017) Potentials of pyrolysis processes in the waste management sector. Energy Procedia, 123, pp. 387-394. ISSN (online) 1876-6102

Jouhara, H., Nannou, T., Ghazal, H., Kayyali, R., Tassou, S.A. and Lester, S. (2017) Temperature and energy performance of open refrigerated display cabinets using heat pipe shelves. Energy Procedia, 123, pp. 273-280. ISSN (online) 1876-6102

Qassas, Mohamed Karam, Al-Mardini, Mohammad Ameral-mardini and Ghazal, Heba (2015) A validated HPLC stability indicating method for the determination of sitagliptin in bulk drug substance and tablets. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research, 32(1), pp. 194-198. ISSN (online) 0976-044X

Ghazal, Heba, Dyas, Mark A., Ford, James L. and Hutcheon, Gillian A. (2014) The impact of food components on the intrinsic dissolution rate of ketoconazole. Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, 41(10), pp. 1647-1654. ISSN (print) 0363-9045

Ghazal, Heba S., Dyas, A. Mark, Ford, James and Hutcheon, Gillian A. (2009) In vitro evaluation of the dissolution behaviour of itraconazole in bio-relevant media. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 366(1-2), pp. 117-123. ISSN (print) 0378-5173

Conference or Workshop Item

Macken, Elizabeth, Ferrari, Marco, Danso-Dapaah, Rosemary, Ahmed, Fadumo, Ahmed, Faisa Mohamed, Mandanrano, Lilly, Bocchio, Giuseppe Carlo, Ghazal, Heba, Ray, Robin, Shanmugam, Nesan, Anderson, Lisa, Rosano, Giuseppe, Metra, Marco and Jouhra, Fadi (2023) Role of specialised Heart Failure Unit in optimisation of guideline-directed medical therapy : real world data. In: Heart Failure 2023; 20-23 May 2023, Prague, Czech Republic. (In Press)

Ghazal, Heba (2023) Biochar utilisation in erythromycin residues removal from aqueous environment. In: The International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Power Systems (SEPS); 13-16 Mar 2023, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Unpublished)

Ghazal, Heba (2023) Systematic review on the occurrence of contraceptives in the aquatic environment. In: The International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Power Systems (SEPS); 13-16 Mar 2023, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Unpublished)

Nwankwo, Christian, Barton, Stephen and Ghazal, Heba (2019) Determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Yerba-mate herbal drink. In: International Conference on Advances in Energy Systems and Environmental Engineering (ASEE19); 09-12 Jun 2019, Wrocław, Poland.

Czajczynska, D., Nannou, T., Anguilan, L., Krzyzynska, R., Ghazal, H., Spencer, N. and Jouhara, H. (2017) Potentials of pyrolysis processes in the waste management sector. In: 1st International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains; 19 - 20 Apr 2017, Windsor, U.K..

Jouhara, H., Nannou, T., Ghazal, H., Kayyali, R., Tassou, S.A. and Lester, S. (2017) Temperature and energy performance of open refrigerated display cabinets using heat pipe shelves. In: 1st International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains; 19 - 20 Apr 2017, Windsor, U.K..

Ghazal, H., Dyas, A. M., Ford, J. L. and Hutcheon, G. A. (2007) The intrinsic dissolution rate of ketoconazole in proteinaceous biorelevant media. In: British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC); 10 - 12 Sep 2007, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ghazal, H., Ford, J. L. and Dyas, A. M. (2006) Morphological changes observed during intrinsic dissolution rate testing of itraconazole. In: British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC); 04 - 06 Sep 2006, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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