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Kawthar BOUCHEMAL is associate professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Paris Saclay since 2006. She was born in Algeria in 1978. After a pharmacist graduate diploma, she completed a Master’s Degree in "Medical and Biological Engineering" (2001) and a PhD thesis in Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Claude Bernard Lyon-1 (2004). She was post-doctoral fellow jointly at the University of Claude Bernard Lyon-1 and the University of Geneva in Switzerland.


She has been appointed to the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), an elite French institution, in recognition of her teaching and research activities in the field of Pharmaceutical Technology. 


Her research activities conducted at the "Institut Galien Paris Sud, UMR CNRS 8612" are focused on conception, characterization, and evaluation of the behaviors of pharmaceutical compositions able to improve the efficacy and/or decrease the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, especially administrated by mucosal and/or cutaneous routes. Her work has led to novel environmentally responsive controlled release formulations and a series of bio- and mucoadhesive devices.

Her group has provided the fundamental basis for a rational use of thermosensitive and mucoadhesive hydrogels for the prevention of the transmission of viral infections by mucosal routes. Her research on self-associating biopolymers and cyclodextrins has led to the development of new self-assembling micro- and nanosystems which have proven useful for the prevention and the treatment of fungal and parasitic infections. Other research work deals with scaling-up the production of drug delivery systems. Her group has established for the first time a mathematical model between nano-emulsion droplet size and turbulences created upon nano-emulsion formation by emulsification and solvent diffusion process also called "Ouzo effect".

Kawthar BOUCHEMAL is author & co-author of 78 publications and inventor & co-inventor of 16 patents. In 2014, she co-founded the biotech company BioKawthar Technologies aiming to move her research from the laboratory to the clinic. She has been attributed the award for "The Best Innovative Company" by the French Minister of Higher Education and Research in 2013 and in 2016. She serves in the editorial board of "Pharmaceutical Research" journal. She was a Guest editor of the "International Journal of Pharmaceutics". She was chair and/or member of the Organizing & Scientific committee of national and international meetings on Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics