Matthias G. Wacker is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Initially, he studied Pharmacy at Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany) where he obtained his doctoral degree in pharmaceutical technology. As a principal investigator he has joined Jennifer Dressman and Jörg Kreuter in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology, Goethe University. There he accomplished his habilitation1 exploring the rational design of nanocarriers and was awarded the venia legendi in pharmaceutical technology. Prior to joining NUS, he was heading the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Nanosciences of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology in Frankfurt. Currently, he serves the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics and the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as an editorial board member. Further, he is a scientific advisor to the editors of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and was guest editor for the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology and Frontiers in Chemistry. In recognition of his research excellence, he was honored with the Eudragit® Best Paper Award (2014) and the Phoenix Pharmaceutics Science Award (2017). From 2020-2025, he is member of the  General Chapters – Dosage Forms Expert Committee and the Expert Panel on New Advancements in In-Vitro Product Performance Testing of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention.

His research focuses on the development and characterization of nanomedicines following a quality-by-design approach. His research group develops biorelevant drug release assays and physicochemical characterization methods for oral dispersions and injectables such as long-acting depot formulations or nanomedicines.

 

Dr. Harshvardhan Modh

Research fellow
National University of Singapore / Building S16 L8
Pharmacy Research Laboratories

Dr. Saeed Shanehsazzadeh

Senior Research Fellow
National University of Singapore / Building S14
Pharmacy Research Laboratories

Elena Fecioru

External PhD student (PHAST-Eurofins)
Mail: fecioru [a] em.uni-frankfurt .de

David Li

Pharmacist, PhD student
National University of Singapore / Building, S16 L8
Pharmacy Research Laboratories

 

Marc-Phillip Mast

Pharmacist, PhD student
Goethe University / Building N-230, lab 2.07
Phone: +49 – 69 – 798 – 29682
Mail: mast [a] em.uni-frankfurt.de


Shakti Nagpal

M.Pharma, PhD student
National University of Singapore / Building, S16 L8
Pharmacy Research Laboratories


Chantal Wallenwein

Pharmacist, PhD student
Goethe University / Building N-230, lab 2.07
Phone: +49 – 69 – 798 – 29682
Mail: wallenwein [a] em.uni-frankfurt.de


Alumini

Main supervisor
Dr. Susanne Beyer
Dr. Laura Jablonka
Dr. Christine Janas
Dr. Fabian Jung
Dr. Lisa Nothnagel
Fiona Gao (All but dissertation)

Co-supervisor
Dr. Xie Kirsamer



1 The term habilitation is derived from the Medieval Latin “habilitare”, meaning “to make suitable, to fit” and, in the German system, is obtained after several years of independent research. It is required to obtain the “venia legendi”, the permission to lecture at a university.

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