Dr Sundus Tewfik

Pharmaceutical Science MSc course leader and PADUR (Promoting and Disseminating Undergraduate student Research) project coordinator


Dr Sundus Tewfik PhD, CSci, HCPCR, FIBMS, MRSB, ARSC  

Dr Sundus Tewfik holds a PhD in Pharmacognosy, MSc Applied Microbiology, PGCert in Education, Professional Teaching Certificate, and a BSc Biology.

Roles

  • work-related learning coordinator of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Science MSc course leader
  • Promoting and Disseminating Undergraduate Research (PADUR) project coordinator

Teaching subject specialisms

  • formulation and manufacture of pharmaceutics
  • industrial pharmaceutical technology and controls
  • drug delivery systems
  • pharmacology
  • toxicology
  • phytochemistry

Dr Tewfik was the recipient of 2012-2013 Most Supportive Academic Tutor Award, The Student Led Teaching Awards, London Metropolitan University Students' Union. "She goes the extra mile to ensure we get the best out of our learning experience" says one of her students.

Consultancies

  • Advanced Professional Mentoring program (in London) Saudi Arabia Food and Drug Administration, July 2015
  • Plant Nutrient Analysis, UOW, London, April 2012 to July 2012.
  • Herbal Medicine Analysis, Neal's Yard Remedies (NYR), London, September 2008 to February 2010.
  • Advanced instrumental analysis training (in London) for Qatar General Electricity and Water Corp. KAHRAMAA May to August 2008
  • Herbal Medicine Analysis, NYR, London March to June 2007

Membership of professional bodies

Other interests

Courses 

  • Pharmaceutical Science MSc (Course leader)

Research interests

  • Dr Tewfik employs the new concept that combines tailored functional formulae hand-in-hand with standard pharmacological therapies (coined as "pharma-nutrition" or nutraceutical).
  • Her current nutraceutical research exploits the use of pharmacology and clinical nutrition in nutrition intervention programs that combat chronic diseases related to inflammation and immunity, allergy, cancer, cardiovascular and cognitive disorders.
  • Research techniques span over various laboratory scrutiny starts from authentication of botanicals; biochemical evaluation, antimicrobial testing, isolation/identification of "biologically active" components (in-vitro/in-vivo tissue systems) and quality control of natural products, supplements and product formulations up to randomised clinical studies.
  • With the ongoing advancement of Nanotechnolgy and its application in Nanomedicine, Dr Tewfik's research portfolio has been enriched with the use of Nanomolecules in health and disease management.
  • With her team, Dr Tewfik is contributing to the future of pharmaceutics with advanced drug delivery systems (eg Solid Lipid Nanoparticles [SLN]) in nutraceutical product formulation.
  • Dr Tewfik is a also a member of London Met's research centre, the Molecular Systems for Health Research Group. This is a multi-disciplinary group with expertise in chemistry, phytochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and genetics, and is focussed on strategic areas of analytical, diagnostic and therapeutic applications in biomedical science. 

Current research supervision

  • PhD student: Zainab Rasoul. Research area: Formulation and optimisation of solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) containing essential active nutrients with the aim of enhancing their efficacy in cell model of dementia.
  • PhD student: Sony Chandi Shrestha. Research area: Formulation and optimisation of solid lipid nanoparticles containing plant stanols/ sterols and to evaluate the effectiveness of pharmacovigilance programme in Nepal and the United Kingdom with a specific focus on statins.

Collaborations

  • Tewfik, S. (2007) 'Working protocol for isolation and identification of bioactive compounds from aqueous extract of medicinal plants', World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp.86-97.
  • Tewfik, I. and Tewfik, S. (2007). The public health advocate: food irradiation's offer to food security. In: Science, technology and sustainability in the Middle East and North Africa. Globalisation, technology and sustainable development book series. Inderscience, Geneva, pp. 197-209. ISBN 0907776302, pp. 197 - 209.
  • Tewfik, I., and Tewfik, S. (2007) Research Supervision: Training, process and experience. In: 'World Sustainable Development Outlook 2007'. ISBN-13: 9781906093020, Greenleaf Publishing Limited, Sheffield, UK.
  • Tewfik, I., and Tewfik, S. (2008) Research Student Supervision: Developing Reflective Practice in Higher Education. In: 'Managing Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future'. ISBN 978-0-9551771-5-6 World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD).
  • Tewfik, I. and Tewfik, S. (2008). Would it still be possible to identify irradiated lipid-containing foods towards the end of their shelf-life? Food Sci. Tech. Int.; 14(6):0519-0524.
  • Tewfik, S. and Tewfik, I. (2008). Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods and Botanical Dietary Supplements; Promote Wellbeing and underpin Public Health. World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 5 (2) 104 - 123.
  • Tewfik, I., Ismail, H. and Tewfik, S. (2009) Nutritional Quality of Deep Fried Street-Vended Foods: A Public Health Concern. In: 'World Sustainable Development Outlook 2009' ISBN 978-1-907106-05-7; ISSN 1748-8133.
  • Tewfik, I., Bener, A. and Tewfik, S. (2010) Is Africa facing a nutrition transition under the double burden of disease? In 'Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa: Science, Technology & Innovation Trajectory'. ISBN 978-1-907106-07-1(Print); ISBN 978-1-907106-06-4 (ebook); ISSN 2042-602X (Print) 2042-6038 (ebook); pp160-171.
  • Amlogu, M. A., Tewfik, S., Wambebe, C., Godden, K. and Tewfik, I. (2011) Conceptual framework of public health-nutrition intervention programme to attenuate the progression of HIV to AIDS among People Living with HIV (PLWH) in Abuja, Nigeria. In Sharing Knowledge Making a Difference: The Role of International Scientific Cooperation, World Sustainable Development Outlook 2011. ISBN 978-1-907106-12-5, 11-20.
  • Amlogu, A.M., Godden, K., Tewfik, S., Wambebe, C. & Tewfik, I. (2012). Tailored Food Recipe - TFR: Employing the European perspective on functional food science (FUFOSE) to promote effective dietary intervention in Africa. International Journal of Food, Nutrition & Public Health, 5 (1/2/3), 1-10.
  • Amlogu, A.M., Godden, K., Tewfik, S., Wambebe, C. & Tewfik, I. (2013). Public Health Nutrition Intervention Programme to Attenuate the Progression of HIV to AIDS among People Living with HIV (PLWH) in Abuja, Nigeria: A Conceptual Framework. International Journal of Food, Nutrition & Public Health, 6 (1) 83-98.
  • Amlogu A.M., Tewfik S., Wambebe C. and Tewfik I. (2014) Tailored Functional Recipe (TFR) approach to delay the progression of HIV to AIDS among People Living with HIV (PLWH) in Abuja, Nigeria. Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, 5 (10), 926-936 
  • Srianta I., Nugerahani I., Kusumawati N., Suryatanijaya E., Subianto C., Tewfik S. and Tewfik I. (2014) Therapeutic antioxidant activity of Monascus-fermented durian seed: A potential Functional Food Ingredient, Int. Journal of Food, Nutrition & Public Health, 7(1) 1-11.
  • Kapoor, N., Naufahu, J., Tewfik, S., Bhatnagar, S., Garg, R. and Tewfik, I. (2014) A public health nutrition intervention to delay the progression of cachexia to refractory cachexia in Indian female cancer patients: A conceptual framework, International Journal of Food, Nutrition & Public Health, 7(1)53-59.
  • Amlogu A.M., Tewfik S., Wambebe C. and Tewfik I. (2015) A comparative study:  Long and short term effect of a nutrition sensitive approach to delay the progression of HIV to AIDS among People Living with HIV (PLWH) in Nigeria (Accepted in The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease)

Chapters in books

  • Tewfik, I. and Tewfik, S. (2007). The public health advocate: food irradiation's offer to food security. In: Science, technology and sustainability in the Middle East and North Africa. Globalisation, technology and sustainable development book series. Inderscience, Geneva, pp. 197-209. ISBN 0907776302, pp. 197 - 209.
  • Tewfik, I., and Tewfik, S. (2007) Research Supervision: Training, process and experience. In: 'World Sustainable Development Outlook 2007'. ISBN-13: 9781906093020, Greenleaf Publishing Limited, Sheffield, UK.

Editorship/chair

  • Guest editor (2008) for the special issue on: "Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine" of the World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WRSTSD), Vol. 5 No. 2 Inderscience Publishers
  • Track Chair (2009) Traditional, Alternative, and Complementary Medicine Research Track, World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) Conference, Jointly Organised with Ahlia University - Kingdom of Bahrain 9-11 November 2009

Keynote speaker

  • Tewfik, S., (2015) Marriage of Tailored Functional Recipes and Solid Lipid Nanoparticles, Institute of Pharmacy Nirma University, Ahmedabad India
  • Tewfik, S., (2011) Consequences of not knowing; good and evil of natural products. International food Conference, Department of Pharmacy, WMCSU, Surabaya, Indonesia.
  • Tewfik, S., (2010) Combating Obesity the Natural Way. 1st International Conference on Obesity and Women’s Health. The Alexandria Regional Centre for Women's Health and Development, Alexandria, Egypt.

Room: T12-02, Tower Building

Phone: +44 (0)20 7133 4359

Email: s.tewfik@londonmet.ac.uk