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Dr Rajendran Vaiyapuri | Lecturer in Pharmacy (Pharmaceutics)

dr rajendran vaiyapuriDr Rajendran Vaiyapuri completed his PhD at the University of Reading, UK in the field of supramolecular chemistry. Upon successful completion, he joined the same department as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. In 2014, he moved to Singapore where he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University where he worked on drug delivery systems. Subsequently he become the Head of Chemistry at Math Vision Enrichment Centre, Singapore. In 2016, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Reading Malaysia.

His research interests are multi-disciplinary in nature and focussed mainly on the following areas:

Nanomedicine: Synthesis of novel targeted nanoparticles as drug delivery systems with applications in most challenging circumstances such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Supramolecular Materials: Design and synthesis of supramolecular materials for biomedical applications.

Nanocomposites: Preparation of low density yet high strength supramolecular polymer nanocomposites with applications in aerospace industry.


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Speciality areas

Pharmaceutics, Supramolecular Chemistry, Organic and Physical Chemistry

Highest qualification and awarding body

PhD, University of Reading, UK

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

MPharm 2+2

Research interests

  • Nanomedicine
  • Supramolecular materials
  • Nanocomposites

Current projects


Recent publications

  • M. F. Salamah, D. Ravishankar, X. Kodji, L. A. Moraes, H. F. Williams, T. M. Vallance, D. Albadawi, R. Vaiyapuri, K. Watson, J. M. Gibbins, S. D. Brain, M. Perretti, and S. Vaiyapuri, ‘The endogenous antimicrobial cathelicidin LL37 underpins thrombotic complications during inflammatory diseases’, Blood Advances, 2018, 2, 2973-2985, DOI:10.1182/bloodadvances.2018021758.
  • D. Ravishankar, M. Salamah, A. Akimbaev, H. F. Williams, D. A. I. Albadawi, R. Vaiyapuri, F. Greco, H. M. I. Osborn and S. Vaiyapuri, ‘Impact of specific functional groups in flavonoids on the modulation of platelet activation’, Scientific Reports, 2018, 8, 9528, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-27809-z.
  • J. S. Shaw, R. Vaiyapuri, M. P. Parker, C. A. Murray, K. J. C. Lim, C. Pan, M. Knappert, C. J. Cardin, B. W. Greenland, R. Grau-Crespo and H. M. Colquhoun, ‘Elements of fractal geometry in the 1H NMR spectrum of a copolymer intercalation-complex: Identification of the underlying Cantor set’, Chemical Science, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/c8sc00830b.
  • D. Ravishankar, M. Salamah, A. Attina, R. Pothi, T.M. Vallance, M. Javed, H.F. Williams, E.M.S. Alzahrani, E. Kabova, R. Vaiyapuri, K. Shankland, J. Gibbins, K. Strohfeldt, F. Greco, H.M.I. Osborn and S. Vaiyapuri, Ruthenium-conjugated Chrysin Analogues Modulate Platelet Activity, Thrombus Formation and Haemostasis with Enhanced Efficacy’, Scientific Reports, 2017, 7, 5738, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-05936-3.
  • H.F. Williams, R. Vaiyapuri, P. Gajjeraman, G. Hutchinson, J.M. Gibbins, A. Bicknell and S. Vaiyapuri, ‘Challenges in diagnosing and treating snakebites in a rural population of Tamil Nadu, India: The views of clinicians’, Toxicon, 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2017.02.025.
  • S. Krishnamurthy, R. Vaiyapuri, L. Zhang and J.M. Chan, ‘Lipid-Coated Polymeric Nanoparticles for Cancer Drug Delivery’, Biomaterials Science, 2015, 3, 923-936.
  • R. Vaiyapuri, B.W. Greenland, H.M. Colquhoun, J.M. Elliott and W. Hayes, ‘Evolution of Supramolecular Healable Composites; a Mini Review’, Polymer International, 2014, 63, 933–942.
  • R. Vaiyapuri, B.W. Greenland, H.M. Colquhoun, J.M. Elliott and W. Hayes, ‘Molecular Recognition between Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles and Healable, Supramolecular Polymer Blends - a Route to Property Enhancement’, Polymer Chemistry, 2013, 4, 4902-4909. (Paper of the week, 8th October 2013)
  • S. Vaiyapuri, R. Vaiyapuri, R. Ashokan, K. Ramasamy, K.N. Sundar, A. Jeyaraj, V. Chandran, P. Gajjeraman, M.F. Baksh, J.M. Gibbins and E.G. Hutchinson, ‘Snakebite and its Socio-economical Impacts on the Rural Population of Tamil Nadu, India’, PLOS ONE, 2013, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080090.
  • R. Vaiyapuri, B.W. Greenland, S.J. Rowan, H.M. Colquhoun, J.M. Elliott and W. Hayes, ‘Thermoresponsive Supramolecular Polymer Network Comprising Pyrene-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles and a Chain-Folding Polydiimide’, Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 5567-5574.
  • R. Vaiyapuri, B.W. Greenland, J.M. Elliott, W. Hayes, R.A. Bennett, C.J. Cardin, H.M. Colquhoun, H. Etman and C.A. Murray, ‘Pyrene-Modified Quartz Crystal Microbalance for the Detection of Polynitroaromatic Compounds’, Analytical Chemistry, 2011, 83, 6208-6214.

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