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Izzat was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His interest in the biomedical field started with a passion for high school biology and chemistry classes. Izzat then moved to Japan as an undergraduate chemical engineering student, where he started working with bacteria under the supervision of Professors A Kondo and C Ogino at the Bioproduction Engineering Lab at Kobe University. He then moved to London to join the Nanomedicine Research Group led by Dr Khuloud Al-Jamal at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London. He is currently studying for a PhD with sponsorship from the Malaysian government.
Khuloud started her career as a pharmacy graduate from Jordan. Her passion for the nano field started with a PhD in Drug Delivery from the School of Pharmacy at University College London under the supervision of Professor A T Florence, where she was awarded the Overseas Research Scholarship. After her PhD she became a C W Maplethorpe Research and Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow and spent five years in postdoctoral research at the Nanomedicine Laboratory at the School of Pharmacy. She relocated to King's College London in 2011 and is currently a senior lecturer in nanomedicine. Khuloud's laboratory focuses on preclinical translation of novel nanomaterials designed specifically for therapeutic and diagnostic use (delivery of drugs, siRNAs, genes and radionuclides). She has worked with a range of nanoscale delivery systems including dendrimers, liposomes, quantum dots, metal and polymeric nanoparticles, chemically functionalised carbon nanotubes, graphene and viral vectors.