ESR 12 : Shirin Tavakoli

Shirin obtained her Pharm.D degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in 2013. She did her thesis project on designing lipid-based drug delivery system for breast cancer and continued her research at Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery after graduation.

In June, 2016 she joined Arto Urttiā€™s group at University of Helsinki to do PhD degree as a Marie Curie Follow Early Stage Researcher within the Nanomed Network.

She is interested in nanotechnology application in pharmaceutical sciences. Her current field of research is to develop a system with improved ocular drug bioavailability and prolonged duration of action to minimize the risk of ocular complications.

She enjoys exploring new things, listening music and travelling.

Project topic: Retinal Drug Delivery with Nanomedicine


Employing the liposome and polymersome as a drug cargo considering the potentials of such carriers both for drug delivery and drug targeting to the site of action in retina, choroid and vitreous. Accordingly the optimized formulation through ex-vivo and in-vitro investigations will be selected for the in-vivo experiments. Ex-vivo and in-vivo results will be used together with physiological and pharmacokinetic factors to build pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics models that will help to understand the complex phenomena in nanomedicine behavior in the body.

Home country: Iran


NanoMed partner: University of Helsinki


Supervisor: Arto Urtti


Starting date: June 1st, 2016


  1. 1.Tavakoli S., Tamaddon A.M., Golkar N., Mohammadi Samani, S., Microencapsulation of (Deoxythymidine)20-DOTAP complexes in stealth liposomes optimized by Taguchi design, , Journal of Liposome Research. 25 (1) 67-77 (2015)
  2. 2. Mohammadi Samani S., Jalali F., Tavakoli S., Ahmadi F., Solid lipid microparticles of lamotrigine: an injectable controlled release system for local delivery in nerve injuries, Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology. 24 (4) 367-372 (2014)
  • July 2016 Nanomed kick-off meeting
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Ghent University
  • Imperial College London
  • Synthon