Dr Furqan Maulvi
Senior Research Associate

Dr Furqan Maulvi

Post-Doc Research Fellow (School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Australia, 2023)

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical sciences (Dharmsinh Desai University, India, 2016)

Master in Pharmaceutics (Anand Pharmacy College, 2009)

Bachelor in Pharmacy (Anand Pharmacy College, 2007)

Medicine & Health
School of Optometry and Vision Science

As a Pharmaceutical Scientist with expertise in ophthalmic drug delivery systems, I am dedicated to developing innovative solutions to address eye diseases such as dry eyes, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, and ocular infections. My focus has been on drug-eluting contact lenses, and I have extensive experience in managing international research projects in this field. With a strong educational background in pharmacy and pharmaceutics (GATE score = 98.59 percentile) and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics under the guidance of Dr. Dinesh O. Shah, I have gained expertise in surface science and nanotechnology. My research has received funding from various organizations, including MediPrint™ Ophthalmics, and I have served as the principal investigator for several projects. My goal is to continue advancing the field of ophthalmic drug delivery and to develop effective, patient-friendly solutions for individuals with eye diseases.

Phone
+61497182620
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Maulvi FA; Ranch KM; Desai AR; Desai DT; Shukla MR, 2021, 'Chapter 28 Ophthalmic preparations', in Remington, Elsevier, pp. 565 - 575, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-820007-0.00028-3
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Ranch KM; Shukla MR; Maulvi FA; Desai DT, 2021, 'Carbon-based nanoparticles and dendrimers for delivery of combination drugs', in Nanocarriers for the Delivery of Combination Drugs, pp. 227 - 257, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-820779-6.00009-8
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Ranch KM; Shukla MR; Maulvi FA; Desai DT, 2021, 'Chapter 7 Carbon-based nanoparticles and dendrimers for delivery of combination drugs', in Nanocarriers for the Delivery of Combination Drugs, Elsevier, pp. 227 - 257, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-820779-6.00009-8
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Desai A; Shukla M; Maulvi F; Ranch K, 2020, 'Ophthalmic and otic drug administration: Novel approaches and challenges', in Novel Drug Delivery Technologies: Innovative Strategies for Drug Re-positioning, pp. 335 - 381, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3642-3_10
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Maulvi FA; Ranch KM; Desai AR; Desai DT; Shukla MR, 2020, 'Ophthalmic preparations', in Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, pp. 565 - 575, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-820007-0.00028-3
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Desai DT; Maulvi FA; Desai AR; Shukla MR; Desai BV; Khadela AD; Shetty KH; Shah DO; Willcox MDP, 2022, 'In vitro and in vivo evaluation of cyclosporine-graphene oxide laden hydrogel contact lenses', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 613, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2021.121414
    Journal articles | 2022
    Maulvi FA; Kanani PA; Jadav HJ; Desai BV; Desai DT; Patel HP; Shetty KH; Shah DO; Willcox MDP, 2022, 'Timolol-eluting graphene oxide laden silicone contact lens: Control release profile with improved critical lens properties', Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 69, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jddst.2022.103134
    Journal articles | 2022
    Maulvi FA; Shetty KH; Desai DT; Shah DO; Willcox MDP, 2022, 'Corrigendum to ‘Recent advances in ophthalmic preparations: Ocular barriers, dosage forms and routes of administration’. [Int. J. Pharm. 608 (2021) 121105] (International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2021) 608, (S037851732100911X), (10.1016/j.ijpharm.2021.121105))', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 616, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2022.121583
    Journal articles | 2021
    Koli AR; Ranch KM; Patel HP; Parikh RK; Shah DO; Maulvi FA, 2021, 'Oral bioavailability improvement of felodipine using tailored microemulsion: Surface science, ex vivo and in vivo studies', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2021.120202
    Journal articles | 2021
    Maulvi FA; Desai DT; Shetty KH; Shah DO; Willcox MDP, 2021, 'Advances and challenges in the nanoparticles-laden contact lenses for ocular drug delivery', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 608, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2021.121090
    Journal articles | 2021
    Maulvi FA; Shetty KH; Desai DT; Shah DO; Willcox MDP, 2021, 'Recent advances in ophthalmic preparations: Ocular barriers, dosage forms and routes of administration', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 608, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2021.121105
    Journal articles | 2021
    Maulvi FA; Soni PD; Patel PJ; Desai AR; Desai DT; Shukla MR; Shah SA; Shah DO; Willcox MDP, 2021, 'Controlled bimatoprost release from graphene oxide laden contact lenses: In vitro and in vivo studies', Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 208, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2021.112096
    Journal articles | 2021
    Pandey SS; Shah KM; Maulvi FA; Desai DT; Gupta AR; Joshi SV; Shah DO, 2021, 'Topical delivery of cyclosporine loaded tailored niosomal nanocarriers for improved skin penetration and deposition in psoriasis: Optimization, ex vivo and animal studies', Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jddst.2021.102441
    Journal articles | 2021
    Patel HP; Chaudhari PS; Gandhi PA; Desai BV; Desai DT; Dedhiya PP; Vyas BA; Maulvi FA, 2021, 'Nose to brain delivery of tailored clozapine nanosuspension stabilized using (+)-alpha-tocopherol polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate: Optimization and in vivo pharmacokinetic studies', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 600, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2021.120474
    Journal articles | 2021
    Patel HP; Gandhi PA; Chaudhari PS; Desai BV; Desai DT; Dedhiya PP; Maulvi FA; Vyas BA, 2021, 'Clozapine loaded nanostructured lipid carriers engineered for brain targeting via nose-to-brain delivery: Optimization and in vivo pharmacokinetic studies', Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jddst.2021.102533
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ranch KM; Maulvi FA; Koli AR; Desai DT; Parikh RK; Shah DO, 2021, 'Tailored Doxycycline Hyclate Loaded In Situ Gel for the Treatment of Periodontitis: Optimization, In Vitro Characterization, and Antimicrobial Studies', AAPS PharmSciTech, 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1208/s12249-021-01950-x
    Journal articles | 2020
    Desai AR; Maulvi FA; Desai DM; Shukla MR; Ranch KM; Vyas BA; Shah SA; Sandeman S; Shah DO, 2020, 'Multiple drug delivery from the drug-implants-laden silicone contact lens: Addressing the issue of burst drug release', Materials Science and Engineering C, 112, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2020.110885
    Journal articles | 2020
    Maulvi FA; Parmar RJ; Desai AR; Desai DM; Shukla MR; Ranch KM; Shah SA; Shah DO, 2020, 'Tailored gatifloxacin Pluronic® F-68-loaded contact lens: Addressing the issue of transmittance and swelling', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 581, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2020.119279
    Journal articles | 2020
    Maulvi FA; Patel PJ; Soni PD; Desai AR; Desai DT; Shukla MR; Ranch KM; Shah SA; Shah DO, 2020, 'Novel Poly(vinylpyrrolidone)-Coated Silicone Contact Lenses to Improve Tear Volume during Lens Wear: In Vitro and in Vivo Studies', ACS Omega, 5, pp. 18148 - 18154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.0c01764
    Journal articles | 2020
    Maulvi FA; Pillai LV; Patel KP; Desai AR; Shukla MR; Desai DT; Patel HP; Ranch KM; Shah SA; Shah DO, 2020, 'Lidocaine tripotassium phosphate complex laden microemulsion for prolonged local anaesthesia: In vitro and in vivo studies', Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2019.110632
    Journal articles | 2020
    Pandey SS; Maulvi FA; Patel PS; Shukla MR; Shah KM; Gupta AR; Joshi SV; Shah DO, 2020, 'Cyclosporine laden tailored microemulsion-gel depot for effective treatment of psoriasis: In vitro and in vivo studies', Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2019.110681
    Journal articles | 2020
    Pandey SS; Patel MA; Desai DT; Patel HP; Gupta AR; Joshi SV; Shah DO; Maulvi FA, 2020, 'Bioavailability enhancement of repaglinide from transdermally applied nanostructured lipid carrier gel: Optimization, in vitro and in vivo studies', Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jddst.2020.101731
    Journal articles | 2019
    Maulvi FA; Parmar RJ; Shukla MR; Desai AR; Desai DT; Ranch KM; Shah SA; Sandeman S; Shah DO, 2019, 'Plackett-Burman design for screening of critical variables and their effects on the optical transparency and swelling of gatifloxacin-Pluronic-loaded contact lens', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 566, pp. 513 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2019.06.008
    Journal articles | 2019
    Maulvi FA; Patil RJ; Desai AR; Shukla MR; Vaidya RJ; Ranch KM; Vyas BA; Shah SA; Shah DO, 2019, 'Effect of gold nanoparticles on timolol uptake and its release kinetics from contact lenses: In vitro and in vivo evaluation', Acta Biomaterialia, 86, pp. 350 - 362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2019.01.004
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ranch KM; Maulvi FA; Naik MJ; Koli AR; Parikh RK; Shah DO, 2019, 'Optimization of a novel in situ gel for sustained ocular drug delivery using Box-Behnken design: In vitro, ex vivo, in vivo and human studies', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 554, pp. 264 - 275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2018.11.016
    Journal articles | 2018
    Desai AR; Maulvi FA; Pandya MM; Ranch KM; Vyas BA; Shah SA; Shah DO, 2018, 'Co-delivery of timolol and hyaluronic acid from semi-circular ring-implanted contact lenses for the treatment of glaucoma:: In vitro and in vivo evaluation', Biomaterials Science, 6, pp. 1580 - 1591, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8bm00212f
    Journal articles | 2018
    Maulvi FA; Singhania SS; Desai AR; Shukla MR; Tannk AS; Ranch KM; Vyas BA; Shah DO, 2018, 'Contact lenses with dual drug delivery for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 548, pp. 139 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2018.06.059
    Journal articles | 2018
    Pandey S; Swamy SMV; Gupta A; Koli A; Patel S; Maulvi F; Vyas B, 2018, 'Multiple response optimisation of processing and formulation parameters of pH sensitive sustained release pellets of capecitabine for targeting colon', Journal of Microencapsulation, 35, pp. 259 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02652048.2018.1465138
    Journal articles | 2017
    Maulvi FA; Choksi HH; Desai AR; Patel AS; Ranch KM; Vyas BA; Shah DO, 2017, 'pH triggered controlled drug delivery from contact lenses: Addressing the challenges of drug leaching during sterilization and storage', Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 157, pp. 72 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2017.05.064
    Journal articles | 2017
    Maulvi FA; Desai AR; Choksi HH; Patil RJ; Ranch KM; Vyas BA; Shah DO, 2017, 'Effect of surfactant chain length on drug release kinetics from microemulsion-laden contact lenses', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 524, pp. 193 - 204, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2017.03.083
    Journal articles | 2017
    Maulvi FA; Shaikh AA; Lakdawala DH; Desai AR; Pandya MM; Singhania SS; Vaidya RJ; Ranch KM; Vyas BA; Shah DO, 2017, 'Design and optimization of a novel implantation technology in contact lenses for the treatment of dry eye syndrome: In vitro and in vivo evaluation', Acta Biomaterialia, 53, pp. 211 - 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2017.01.063
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ranch K; Patel H; Chavda L; Koli A; Maulvi F; Parikh RK, 2017, 'Development of in situ ophthalmic gel of dexamethasone sodium phosphate and chloramphenicol: A viable alternative to conventional eye drops', Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, 7, pp. 101 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.7324/JAPS.2017.70316
    Journal articles | 2016
    Maulvi FA; Lakdawala DH; Shaikh AA; Desai AR; Choksi HH; Vaidya RJ; Ranch KM; Koli AR; Vyas BA; Shah DO, 2016, 'In vitro and in vivo evaluation of novel implantation technology in hydrogel contact lenses for controlled drug delivery', Journal of Controlled Release, 226, pp. 47 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jconrel.2016.02.012
    Journal articles | 2016
    Maulvi FA; Mangukiya MA; Patel PA; Vaidya RJ; Koli AR; Ranch KM; Shah DO, 2016, 'Extended release of ketotifen from silica shell nanoparticle-laden hydrogel contact lenses: in vitro and in vivo evaluation', Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10856-016-5724-3
    Journal articles | 2016
    Maulvi FA; Soni TG; Shah DO, 2016, 'A review on therapeutic contact lenses for ocular drug delivery', Drug Delivery, 23, pp. 3017 - 3026, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10717544.2016.1138342
    Journal articles | 2015
    Maulvi FA; Soni TG; Shah DO, 2015, 'Extended Release of Timolol from Ethyl Cellulose Microparticles Laden Hydrogel Contact Lenses', Open Pharmaceutical Sciences Journal, 2, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874844901502010001
    Journal articles | 2015
    Maulvi FA; Soni TG; Shah DO, 2015, 'Extended release of hyaluronic acid from hydrogel contact lenses for dry eye syndrome', Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, 26, pp. 1035 - 1050, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09205063.2015.1072902
    Journal articles | 2014
    Maulvi FA; Thakkar VT; Soni TG; Gandhib TR, 2014, 'Optimization of aceclofenac solid dispersion using box-behnken design: In-vitro and in-vivo evaluation', Current Drug Delivery, 11, pp. 380 - 391, http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1567201811666140311103425
    Journal articles | 2011
    Maulvi FA; Dalwadi SJ; Thakkar VT; Soni TG; Gohel MC; Gandhi TR, 2011, 'Improvement of dissolution rate of aceclofenac by solid dispersion technique', Powder Technology, 207, pp. 47 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.powtec.2010.10.009
  • Preprints |
    Maulvi FA; Desai DT; Shetty KH; Shah DO; Willcox MDP, Advances and Challenges in the Nanoparticles Laden Contact Lenses for Ocular Drug Delivery, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3831030
    Preprints |
    Maulvi FA; Soni PD; Patel PJ; Desai AR; Desai DT; Shukla MR; Shah SA; Shah DO; Willcox MDP, Controlled Bimatoprost Release from Graphene Oxide Laden Contact Lenses: <i>In vitro</i> and <i>in vivo</i> Studies, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3828266

  1. Currently working on ‘Australian research project [National Health and Medical Research Council via an NHMRC Ideas Grant (APP1183597)]’ titled ‘Dual action antimyopia and antimicrobial contact lenses that provide safe myopia control for children’ under Prof Mark Willcox, UNSW, Australia
  2. SERB-CRG (Science and Engineering Research Board-Core Research Grant) [CRG/2022/ 002091]: Sustained drug delivery to the retina using carbon dots-hyaluronic acid-laden hybrid contact lens.
  3. ICMR grant [IRIS ID-2021-13732]: Dexamethasone loaded stimuli sensitive polymeric nanoparticles laden graphene oxide-silicone contact lens to treat age-related macular degeneration.
  4. SSIP grant: Enzyme-triggered ocular delivery of voriconazole from nanoparticle-laden contact lenses.
  5. GUJCOST (Major Science and Technology Project): Tailored-made drug release kinetics from the cyclosporine-hyaluronic-acid surfactant-laden contact lens to treat dry eye syndrome.
  6. Under FIST (Fund for Improvement of S & T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions Program) by DST [SR/FST/College-231/2017].
  7. Dual delivery of Gatifloxacin and Dexamethasone from Digitally Inkjet Printed Contact Lenses.
  8. pH dependent controlled drug delivery through hydrogel contact lenses to treat glaucoma.
  9. Histopathological effects of printed contact lenses on rabbit corneo-conjunctival surface.
  10. Efficacy of timolol printed contact lenses in the treatment of glaucoma.
  11. Controlled ophthalmic drug delivery through contact lenses using implantation technology.
  12. Extended delivery of cyclosporine with multilayer printed contact lenses using 3 D Digital Inkjet Printing Technology.
  13. Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic study of 3D printed Bimatoprost Contact Lenses.
  14. Extended delivery of ophthalmic drugs by Reservoir Contact Lenses using 3 D Digital Inkjet Printing Technology.
  15. Ophthalmic drug delivery of Ketotifen and Hyaluronic acid through contact lens using 3D Digital Inkjet printing technology.
  16. Ophthalmic drug delivery through contact lenses using 3D Digital Inkjet printing technology under Dr. Dinesh O. Shah at Shah-Schulman Center for Surface Science & Nanotechnology (SSCSSN), D.D. University (Nadiad, Gujarat, India).

  1. Awarded Post-Doc Research Fellowship at School of Optometry and Vision Science, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.
  2. Awarded 50,000 INR in ‘National level Innovation competition’ by School of Pharmacy (MIT-WPU), Pune for Drug-eluting contact lenses (3rd June 2022).
  3. Awarded for Excellence in Education by AMP (Association of Muslim Professionals) as one of the top 100 influential teachers from across the country in 2021 felicitation ceremony (10th Sep 2021).
  4. Awarded 75,000 INR by International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering for designing PhD Project of Mrs. Ditixa Desai (PhD Scholar) (1st June 2021).
  5. Constituted (Sep 2019) ‘Faiza-ne-Panjatan committee’ to work during Covid-19 to feed 450 families (one time food for 2 months). Recognized by certificate by ‘Surat Municipal Corporation’ and ‘Surat Jain Youth Club’.
  6. Awarded Mitacs Elevate Fellowship (Application: IT18240, Canada) for Microfluidic platform (16th June 2020) with Prof. Lyndon Jones (University of Waterloo, Canada).
  7. Awarded 1,00,000 INR by Mr. Dilip Shanghvi (Founder of Sun Pharma Ind.) for designing PhD Project of Ms. Ankita Desai (PhD Scholar) at ‘Sun Pharma Science Scholar Awards for Young Scientists 2019, New Delhi’ (28th Jan 2020).
  8. Awarded ‘Seal of excellence’ by the Horizon 2020, European Commission in the year 2019, for project proposal 842435, NanoHybrid-Lens (Marie Curie Fellowship) with Dr. Susan Sandeman (University of Brighton, UK)
  9. The drug-eluting work using contact lens was recognized by Government of Gujarat [Education Department] and on 2nd Feb 2018 Hon'ble CHIEF MINISTER Shri Vijay Rupani awarded the shield (Excellence in Research 2019) and certificate [KCG, Government of Gujarat (Education Department)].
  10. PhD guide in 2017 [Maliba Pharmacy College, Uka Tarsadia University]
  11. Awarded for best paper presentation at International level [Poster presentation] at NIPiCON 2016, Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat [21st – 23rd Jan 2016].
  12. Awarded for best paper presentation at International level [Poster presentation] at RAPCOPINC 2014, Ramanbhai Patel College of Pharmacy, Charusat, Changa, Gujarat [27th – 28th Feb. 2014].
  13. Consultant, MediPrint™ Ophthalmics (formerly Leo Lens Pharma), 9899 Hibert street, Unit A, San Diego, CA. 92131, USA [2013].
  14. Research Fellowship in 2012 [Shah-Schulman Center for Surface Science & Nanotechnology, D.D. University, Nadiad, India under Dr Dinesh O. Shah]
  15. Awarded for best paper presentation at International level [Poster presentation] at Pharma Zephyr, Ganghinagar, Gujarat [3rd Nov. 2008]. 
  16. Best teacher award in 2010 [Maliba Pharmacy College, Gujarat Technological University].
  17. Junior Research Fellowship [GATE] by University Grants Commission (2008-09)

My research focuses on the controlled drug release from contact lenses using graphene oxide, stimuli-sensitive nanoparticles, smart polymers, microemulsion, micelles, gold and silver nanoparticles, and carbon dots without affecting the critical lens properties.