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David Simon Jones

BSc(QUB 1985), PhD(QUB 1988), DSc(QUB 2006), BA(Open University 2014)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor QUB

Member ScienceElected in 2022

David Jones is Professor of Pharmaceutical and Biomaterial Engineering and previously, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students), both at Queen’s University Belfast.  He gained a BSc (1st class honours) in Pharmacy (1985), a PhD in Pharmaceutics (1988) and, in 2006, a DSc. (Biomaterials Science), all from QUB. In 2014, he gained a BA (1st class honours) in Mathematics and Statistics from the Open University. 

He registered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland in 1989.  From 1989-1992 he was a lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Otago and from 1992-1994 he was Head of Formulations at Norbrook Laboratories Limited.  In 1994 he was appointed to a lectureship at the School of Pharmacy, QUB and was promoted to a Senior Lectureship in 1997.  Since 1999 he holds a personal Chair. 

His research concerns the design, characterisation and engineering of pharmaceutical materials/dosage forms and biomedical devices.  He is the author of three textbooks, 13 patents and >400 research papers/communications and has been awarded the Lilly prize for Pharmaceutical Research, the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Medal Award, the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovation Award, the Griffith Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Medal Award. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Statistician and a Chartered Chemist and holds elected Fellowships of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Royal Statistical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Irish Academy of Engineering.  He is the Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and is a previous holder of a prestigious Royal Society Industrial Fellowship.  

He is a co-founder and Chief Scientist of Re-Vana Therapeutics, a spin-out company which provides controlled release of biologics from implants for the treatment of sight-threatening ocular diseases and which has raised circa $17M investor/government funding.

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