Marwa M.I. Rizk



Marwa obtained her BSc in Pharmacy in June of 2012 from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University (Distinction Honour). She has since then joined the teaching assistant staff in the Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, in Alexandria, Egypt.

Marwa has obtained a master’s degree in Pharmaceutics (May 2017) which was entitled “Development of topical formulations for the treatment of eczema”. Her master’s research project involved multiple approaches of developing and in vitro characterizing the deformable lipid nanovesicles and evaluating the developed system efficacy through both in vivo and clinical studies.

Research Interests

Her PhD research project aims to develop mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) as multifunctional nanocarriers that enhance the safety and efficacy profile through targeting cancerous hepatic tissues and releasing the payload directly at the site of disease. The addition of non-invasive imaging agents will provide a useful visualization tool for positive identification of disease and release of the active drug system.

During her PhD, theranostic MRI-active mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) will be prepared and characterised. Characterisation will involve particle size determination, stability, encapsulation efficiency, in vitro drug release, cytotoxicity test, intracellular uptake and cell viability through multiple techniques. Finally, targeting units will be incorporated before testing of theranostic response.


C.J. Dedman, M.M.I. Rizk, J. Christie-Oleza, G.-L. Davies*, “Investigating the impact of cerium oxide nanoparticles upon the ecologically significant marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus“, Frontiers in Marine Science, 2021, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.668097

Mustafa M.A. Elsayed, Marwa M. Ibrahim, Gregor Cevc, “The effect of membrane softeners on rigidity of lipid vesicle bilayers: Derivation from vesicle size changes.” Chemistry and Physics of Lipids 210 (2018) 98–108.


Marwa has been awarded a poster prize as part of the Materials for Life session at the 15th Materials Chemistry conference, 2021.


Marwa’s PhD is supported by a Newton-Mosharafa Fund Scholarship.