Dr Iftikhar Khan

Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

I am currently a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics within the School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. I attained my Pharmacy degree from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. Upon completing my BPharm, I worked extensively in industry involved in quality control for manufacture of solid dosage forms. I subsequently completed my MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis from Sheffield Hallam University; focusing upon antibiotic synthesis. Following MSc, I was fortunate to go onto complete my PhD at the University of Central Lancashire on scholarship; thesis entitled “Compressible Proliposome Formulations For Nebulization”.

Research Interests;
• Micro and Nano-scale Drug Delivery
• Nano-formulations
• Pulmonary and Oral Drug Delivery
• Lipid-based formulations and their effect in in-vivo and in-vitro studies
• Combination and outcomes of lipid-based with vaccine formulations
• Member of Formulation and Drug Delivery group
• Polymeric Drug Delivery Systems
• Scale up of Advanced Drug Delivery systems

Journal article

Khan I, Needham R, Yousaf S, Houacine C, Islam Y, Bnyan R, Sadozai SK, Elrayess MA, Elhissi A. 2021. Impact of phospholipids, surfactants and cholesterol selection on the performance of transfersomes vesicles using medical nebulizers for pulmonary drug delivery Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 66 DOI

Noun M, Nasr L, Khan I, Arafat B, Assi S. 2021. Knowledge and perspectives of the public towards the prevalence and harm associated with counterfeit medicines in Lebanon Emerging Trends in Drugs, Addictions, and Health, 1 :100019-100019 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Yousaf SS, Isreb A, Khan I, Mewsiga E, Elhissi A, Ahmed W, Alhnan MA. 2021. Impact of Nanosizing on the Formation and Characteristics of Polymethacrylate Films: Micro- versus Nano- suspensions. Pharmaceutical development and technology, :1-29 DOI Author Url Public Url

Apostolou M, Assi S, Fatokun AA, Khan I. 2021. The Effects of Solid and Liquid Lipids on the Physicochemical Properties of Nanostructured Lipid Carriers Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Khan I, Hussein S, Houacine C, Khan Sadozai S, Islam Y, Bnyan R, Elhissi A, Yousaf S. 2021. Fabrication, characterization and optimization of nanostructured lipid carrier formulations using Beclomethasone dipropionate for pulmonary drug delivery via medical nebulizers International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 598 :120376-120376 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Houacine C, Ibrahim G, Alnasif H, Suliman H, Khan I, Himoudy I, Nasr N, Mohamedkhair R, Ballal R, Yousaf S, Elbashir S. 2021. A Current Review from Recent Literature on Novel Sars-cov-2 Outbreak International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 12 :692-713 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Khan I, Yousaf S, Najlah M, Ahmed W, Elhissi A. 2021. Proliposome powder or tablets for generating inhalable liposomes using a medical nebulizer Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation, 51 :61-73 DOI

Houacine C, Khan I, Yousaf SS. 2021. Potential Cardio-Protective Agents: A Resveratrol Review (2000-2019). Current pharmaceutical design, 27 :2943-2955 DOI Author Url

Islam Y, Ehtezazi P, Cashmore A, Marinsalda E, Leach AG, Coxon CR, Fatokun AA, Sexton DW, Khan I, Zouganelis G, Downing J, Pluchino S, Sivakumaran M, Teixido M, Ehtezazi T. 2020. The Inclusion of a Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Responsive Sequence in Self-assembled Peptide-based Brain-Targeting Nanoparticles Improves the Efficiency of Nanoparticles Crossing the Blood-Brain Barrier at Elevated MMP-9 Levels Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, DOI Author Url

Assi S, Khan I, Edwards A, Osselton D, Al-Obaidi H. 2020. On-spot quantification of modafinil in generic medicines purchased from the Internet using handheld Fourier transform-infrared, near-infrared and Raman spectroscopy Journal of Analytical Science and Technology, 11 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Khan I, Lau K, Bnyan R, Houacine C, Roberts M, Isreb A, Elhissi A, Yousaf S. 2020. A Facile and Novel Approach to Manufacture Paclitaxel-Loaded Proliposome Tablet Formulations of Micro or Nano Vesicles for Nebulization. Pharmaceutical Research, 37 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ehtezazi T, Bnyan R, Khan I, Roberts M, Cesarini L. 2020. The Effect of Ethanol Evaporation on the Properties of Inkjet Produced Liposomes DARU : Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, DOI Author Url Public Url

Yousaf S, Houacine C, Khan I, Ahmed W, Jackson M. 2020. Importance of biomaterials in biomedical engineering Advances in Medical and Surgical Engineering, :149-176 DOI Author Url

Khan I, Apostolou M, Bnyan R, Houacine C, Elhissi A, Yousaf SS. 2019. Paclitaxel-loaded Micro or Nano Transfersome Formulation into Novel Tablets for Pulmonary Drug Delivery via Nebulization. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, :118919-118919 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bnyan R, Khan I, Ehtezazi T, Saleem I, Gordon S, O'Neill F, Roberts M. 2019. Formulation and optimisation of novel transfersomes for sustained release of local anaesthetic Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Bnyan R, Khan I, Ehtezazi T, Saleem I, Gordon S, O'Neill F, Roberts M. 2018. Surfactant Effects on Lipid-Based Vesicles Properties JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES, 107 :1237-1246 DOI Author Url Public Url

Khan I, Yousaf S, Subramanian S, Alhnan MA, Ahmed W, Elhissi A. 2018. Proliposome tablets manufactured using a slurry-driven lipid-enriched powders: Development, characterization and stability evaluation INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICS, 538 :250-262 DOI Author Url

Khan I. 2018. Anti-Aging Liposomal formulation: A Mini Review Novel Approaches in Drug Designing & Development, 3 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Khan I. 2018. Isoflavones-Based Liposome Formulations as Anti-Aging for Skincare Novel Approaches in Drug Designing & Development, 3 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Khan I, Yousaf S, Subramanian S, Alhnan MA, Ahmed W, Elhissi A. 2018. Proliposome Powders for the Generation of Liposomes: the Influence of Carbohydrate Carrier and Separation Conditions on Crystallinity and Entrapment of a Model Antiasthma Steroid AAPS PHARMSCITECH, 19 :262-274 DOI Author Url

Houacine C, Yousaf SS, Khan I, Khurana RK, Singh KK. 2018. Potential of Natural Biomaterials in Nano-scale Drug Delivery CURRENT PHARMACEUTICAL DESIGN, 24 :5188-5206 DOI Author Url

Subramanian S, Khan I, Korale O, Alhnan MA, Ahmed W, Najlah M, Taylor KMG, Elhissi A. 2016. A simple approach to predict the stability of phospholipid vesicles to nebulization without performing aerosolization studies International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 502 :18-27 DOI Author Url

Houacine S, Khan I, Yousaf S, Pawar S, Houacine N, Elkhawad A. 2015. Investigation of the Rational Medicines use among Pregnant Women in Sudan Hospital WORLD JOURNAL OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES, 4 :350-360 Author Url

Khan I, Yousaf S, Subramanian S, Korale O, Alhnan M, Ahmed W, Taylor K, Elhissi A. 2015. Proliposome powders prepared using a slurry method for the generation of beclometasone dipropionate liposomes International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 496 :342-350 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Gala RP, Khan I, Elhissi AMA, Alhnan MA. 2015. A comprehensive production method of self-cryoprotected nano-liposome powders International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 486 :153-158 DOI Author Url


Khan I, Yousaf S, Alhnan MA, Ahmed W, Elhissi A, Jackson MJ. 2016. Design characteristics of inhaler devices used for pulmonary delivery of medical aerosols Surgical Tools and Medical Devices, Second Edition :573-592 9783319334875 DOI

Yousaf S, Alhnan MA, Abdallah A, Abdallah B, Khan I, Ahmed W. 2014. Nanocoatings in medicine: Antiquity and modern times Emerging Nanotechnologies for Manufacturing :418-443 9780323296434 DOI

Khan I, Elhissi A, Shah M, Alhnan MA, Ahmed W. 2013. Liposome-based carrier systems and devices used for pulmonary drug delivery Biomaterials and Medical Tribology: Research and Development :395-443 9780857090171 DOI

Research Grants Awarded:

Faculty of Science, LJMU (PhD studentship), Nanostructured Lipid Carriers (NLCs) for Cancer Therapy via Pulmonary Drug Delivery, Dr Iftikar Khan (lead supervisor), Dr Sulaf Assi (co-supervisor), Dr Amos Fatokun (co-supervisor), Grant value (£): 65,000, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2020