Dr Alice McCloskey

Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Dr McCloskey is a registered pharmacist of the GPhC and PSNI with a range of experience working across the three main sectors of pharmacy- clinical practice, academia and industry. Upon successful completion of her pre-registration training Dr McCloskey returned to Queen's University Belfast and completed a PhD in pharmaceutics where she developed 'Self-assembled Peptide Nanomaterials for the Prevention of Biomaterial Infection'. This was followed by an industry-academia collaborative post-doc between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI, Dublin) and the Galway-based nebuliser company Aerogen, a global leader in aerosol delivery. This work was also linked with a national patient focused medical device research centre, CURAM based at The National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr McCloskey is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Fellow of HEA. Links are maintained with clinical pharmacy through regular days in practice both in hospital and community settings.

Research interests:
- Self-assembling nanostructures for biomedical applications
- Nanomaterials for drug delivery
- Pharmacy education- preparing students for 'real-life' practice
- Managing medicines in patients at the extremes of age


2016, Queen's University Belfast, N. Ireland, PhD
2012, Queen's University Belfast, N. Ireland, MPharm


Lunn AM, Burkle DM, Ward R, McCloskey AP, Rathbone A, Courtenay A, Mullen R, Manfrin A. 2021. Spoken propositional idea density, a measure to help second language English speaking students: A multicentre cohort study Author Url Public Url

McCloskey AP, Gilmore SM, Porter S, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2016. Ultrashort Peptides as Bifunctional Nanomaterials. Congrès PepMat 2016

McCloskey AP, Lee M, McCallion J, Gartland K, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2015. Ultrashort Self-assembling Peptide Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides, Royal Society of Chemistry, London

McCloskey AP, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2015. Fulfilling the 3Rs: Galleria mellonella as an In Vivo Model to Assess the Antimicrobial Efficacy of Self-assembling Peptide Hydrogels 37th All Ireland Schools of Pharmacy Conference

McCloskey AP, Glass E, Catterson P, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2015. Self-assembled Fmoc Peptide Hydrogels as Potential Antimicrobials. Nanopeptide 2015, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

McCloskey A, Gilmore SM, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2015. Self-assembling Ultrashort Cationic Peptides as Dual Antimicrobial and Anti-inflammatory Nanomaterials Nanopeptide 2015, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow,

McCloskey A, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2014. Ultrashort Cationic Self-assembled Peptides for the Prevention of Medical Device Related Infection. 36th All Ireland Schools of Pharmacy Conference, Trinity College, Dublin,

Shaw G, Gilmore BF, McCloskey AP. 2013. Sortase Inhibition- An Antibiofilm Strategy in Streptococci. 3rd European Congress on Microbial Biofilms- Basic and Clinical Aspects, Ghent, Belgium

Conference publication

McCloskey AP, Maxwell S, Do H, Sabbagh L, Rathbone AP. 2021. 761 Optimal management of minor ailments in children: healthcare professionals’ views Abstracts, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Abstracts of the RCPCH Conference–Online, 15 June 2021–17 June 2021 DOI

Brogan NM, McCloskey AP. 2021. 823 Pharmacy KIDS – pharmacy students’ knowledge identifying and managing minor ailments in children Abstracts, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Abstracts of the RCPCH Conference–Online, 15 June 2021–17 June 2021 DOI

Gaul R, Murphy R, McCloskey A, De Santi C, Joanne R, Andreas H, Sally Ann C. 2019. Development of an anti-inflammatory star-polypetide microRNA delivery system with therapeutic applications in cystic fibrosis. 42nd European Cystic Fibrosis Conference


Rowley R, Gill A, MacFarlane K, McCloskey A. P14 Identification of prescribing errors in a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU): an audit Archives of Disease in Childhood, The 27th annual THE NEONATAL AND PAEDIATRIC PHARMACISTS CONFERENCE 2021 Publisher Url

Journal article

Odeh M, Alkhader E, McCloskey A, Aljabra R, Al-sharayri M, Al-Noimi F, Alarmooti M, Alzu’bi M. 2021. Postgraduate pharmacist development- an evaluation of Jordanian pharmacist experiences to inform and shape an evidence-based professional development policy PLoS One, 16 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McCloskey AP, Brown J, Haughey S, O'Hare R. 2019. Pharmacy student and pharmacist perceptions of professional socialism and communication in a real-life clinical setting International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 27 :286-294 DOI Author Url

Sweeney L, McCloskey AP, Higgins G, Ramsey JM, Cryan SA, MacLoughlin R. 2019. Effective nebulization of interferon-γ using a novel vibrating mesh Respiratory Research, 20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McCloskey AP, Lee M, Megaw J, McEvoy J, Coulter SM, Pentlavalli S, Laverty G. 2019. Investigating the In Vivo Antimicrobial Activity of a Self-Assembling Peptide Hydrogel Using a Galleria mellonella Infection Model ACS Omega, 4 :2584-2589 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

McCloskey AP, Draper ER, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2017. Ultrashort self-assembling Fmoc-peptide gelators for anti-infective biomaterial applications JOURNAL OF PEPTIDE SCIENCE, 23 :131-140 DOI Author Url

Huwaitat R, McCloskey AP, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2016. Potential strategies for the eradication of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections FUTURE MICROBIOLOGY, 11 :955-972 DOI Author Url

Rafferty J, Nagaraj H, McCloskey AP, Huwaitat R, Porter S, Albadr A, Laverty G. 2016. Peptide Therapeutics and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Barriers Encountered Translating from the Laboratory to Patients CURRENT MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY, 23 :4231-4259 DOI Author Url

McCloskey AP, Gilmore SM, Zhou J, Draper ER, Porter S, Gilmore BF, Xu B, Laverty G. 2016. Self-assembling ultrashort NSAID-peptide nanosponges: multifunctional antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory materials RSC ADVANCES, 6 :114738-114749 DOI Author Url

Laverty G, McCloskey AP, Gorman SP, Gilmore BF. 2015. Anti-biofilm activity of ultrashort cinnamic acid peptide derivatives against medical device-related pathogens JOURNAL OF PEPTIDE SCIENCE, 21 :770-778 DOI Author Url

McCloskey AP, Gilmore BF, Laverty G. 2014. Evolution of antimicrobial peptides to self-assembled peptides for biomaterial applications Pathogens, 3 :792-821 DOI Author Url

Laverty G, McCloskey AP, Gilmore BF, Jones DS, Zhou J, Xu B. 2014. Ultrashort Cationic Naphthalene-Derived Self-Assembled Peptides as Antimicrobial Nanomaterials BIOMACROMOLECULES, 15 :3429-3439 DOI Author Url


Ramsey J, McCloskey A, Gaul R, Fernandez Fernandez E, Sweeney L, Greene C, MacLoughlin R, Cryan S-A. 2020. Respiratory Drug/Vaccine Delivery Using Nanoparticles Muttil P, Kunda N. Mucosal Delivery of Drugs and Biologics in Nanoparticles :125-154 Springer 9783030359096 DOI

Editorial boards:

Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy, Editorial Board Member. 2020


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy., Advance HE. 2019

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, The Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group. 2019

Member, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society. 2019

Member, Society for Applied Microbiology. 2013

Teaching qualification:

PGDip Health Professions Education. 2018

Other Professional Activity:

Peer reviewer British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Peer reviewer Dose Response.

Peer reviewer Journal of peptide science.

Peer reviewer Pharmacy Research UK.

Peer reviewer Polymer.

Peer reviewer Reviews in Medical Virology.

STEM ambassador.