DMU Staff

Dr Joanne Broadhead

Part-time Lecturer


Joanne currently works part time at DMU as a consultant and lecturer on the QbD master’s programme. Joanne is responsible for developing and maintaining DMU’s extensive network of pharmaceutical industry collaborators as well as providing academic guidance to students pursuing the distance learning course.

She has over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and continues to work as a consultant, specialising int he development and manufacture of parenteral dosage forms. Prior to her current roles she worked for many years for AstraZeneca performing various team management roles within the product development organisation.

Jo has a special interest in freeze dried product development and manufacture and has been a long standing member of the PHSS freeze drying group. She is a registered UK pharmacist with a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences.

Dr Irina Ermolina

Senior Lecturer

T: +44 (0)116 2577870


Dr Irina Ermolina is a senior lecturer in Pharmaceuticals in the School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University. She gained her PhD degree in Molecular Physics in Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kazan, Russia. Prior to joining the DMU as an academic staff, Dr Ermolina was employed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Glasgow University and Southampton University. Previously she worked as a senior researcher in Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Kazan, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr Ermolina now specializes in characterization of physical properties of pharmaceutical solids and powders studied by different analytical techniques; development and characterization of hydrogels as drug delivery systems; dielectric properties biological systems (proteins, DNA, cells, disaccharides); stability characterization of freeze-dried pharmaceuticals; the dynamic structure of proteins in solutions and membrane films.

Dr Michael Goodman

Senior Lecturer

T:+44 (0)116 257 8271


Dr Mike Goodman is Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy. His current research interests include: contract services to the pharmaceutical industry, principally concerning product/formulation development and packaging/formulation interactions.

Dr Mingzhong Li

Principal Lecturer

T: +44 (0)116 257 7132


Dr Li’s research is focused on solving key challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry for improvements in production quality and reduction in manufacturing costs through utilising cutting edge analytical techniques to explore optimal formulations starting from a molecular level characterisation and up to bulk properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and excipients and application of real time process analysis techniques for process monitoring and control.

Dr Li’s current research areas include using co-crystallisation approach to modification of physical and chemical properties of APIs, development of online particle sizing techniques for control of crystallisation processes and development of online process models for control of fluidised bed granulation processes.

Dr Walkiria Schlindwein

Principal Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Technologies

T: +44 (0)116 2577124


Dr Schlindwein graduated as a Chemical Engineer in 1984 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, Brazil. She obtained her MSc in Polymer Science and Technology from the Institute of Macromolecules of the UFRJ, Brazil in 1986, PhD in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Leicester, England in 1990, and DSc in Chemistry from the UFRJ in 1992.

Her current research interests are in the areas of material sciences with particular interest in polymers used in pharmaceutical applications. She collaborates with Dr Mingzhong Li and supervises PhD students in areas of formulation of poorly soluble drugs and dissolution studies using flow through cells, USP IV and Surface Imaging techniques.

More recently, she was involved with the validation and implementation of two Postgraduate courses, a full time MSc in Pharmaceutical Quality by Design and an online flexible learning MSc in Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Dr Geoff Smith


T: +44 (0)116 250 6298


Geoff Smith graduated in Pharmacy from Bath University in 1985 and obtained his PhD from the University of Brighton in 1991 following an investigation into the mechanisms of action of cryoprotectants. It was then that he developed a keen interest in the dielectric properties of materials.

He joined De Montfort University in 1993 and went on to develop a number of lines of research based around broad band dielectric measurements. In recent years, these studies are focused increasingly on PAT applications in process development and manufacturing process control. His research group is currently working on a number of pharmaceutical applications for impedance, dielectric and terahertz spectroscopy.

These techniques cover an extremely wide range of frequencies from 10-2Hz through to 1012 Hz thereby facilitating the direct analysis of material properties over a wide range of scales, from the macroscopic to the molecular. Since developing a novel technique for monitoring the freeze-drying cycle (LyoDEA) in collaboration with GEA Process Engineering, AstraZeneca and Ametek, his Group has gone on to investigate applications in roller compaction, metered dose inhalers, tablet compaction and ejection mechanisms, rapidly disintegrating tablets, and powder flow.