Ijeoma Uchegbu has been Chairman of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the School of Pharmacy, University of London since 2006 and serves as a Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at the School. Prof. Uchegbu was appointed to a lectureship within the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Strathclyde University in 1997 and a Chair in Drug Delivery at Strathclyde University in 2002. Her research in pharmaceutical nanoscience has provided insights into nanoparticle design for drug delivery, producing nanosystems (nanomedicines) that promote oral drug absorption and drug transport to the brain for example.
Prof. Uchegbu serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at Pharmidex Ltd. She is the Science Secretary of the Controlled Release Society (CRS), was Chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Great Britain and is the Academia Expert on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' Science Engineering and Technology Strategy for Women Expert Group. Prof. Uchegbu is the editor of two books and over 80 patents, patent applications, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has been awarded various prizes for her work, the latest of which is the Department for Innovation University and Skills' Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award. Prof. Uchegbu along with five other awardees took part in a national photographic exhibition in 2007 at various venues including the Science Museum and the British Museum. She obtained PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 1994.