Dr Jonny Coulter

Reader, School of Pharmacy, Material and Advanced Technologies for Healthcare

Queens University Belfast


Dr Jonathan Coulter is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Nanotherapeutics within the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast. Jonathan studied Cell Biology and Pathology at the University of St’ Andrews, returning to Northern Ireland to undertake a PhD in QUB. In June 2012, he was appointed as an independent academic at Lecturer level in the School of Pharmacy, QUB. Dr Coulter’s research focuses on identifying novel approaches to increase the effectiveness of radiotherapy while limiting damage to surrounding normal tissue. This is achieved via two key approaches: i) taking advantage of the unique biological features of the tumour to achieve therapeutic benefit, or ii) exploiting the unique physical properties of common materials to produce tiny particles called nanoparticles, which in turn act as potent sensitisers to radiotherapy. To date Jonathan has secured >£3.5 M in research income as PI/CoI, published >65 research papers/book chapters and achieved approximately 3000 citations of his work. He is past Chair of the Association of Radiation Research (UK) and a committee member of the Irish Radiation Research Society.