Dr Hannah Batchelor BSc, PhD

Dr Hannah Batchelor

School of Pharmacy
Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, Formulation and Drug Delivery

Contact details

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Section
Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Hannah Batchelor is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, Formulation and Drug Delivery. Her previous experience within pharmaceutical industry and the NHS brings extensive knowledge of drug delivery and the design of clinical trials. Hannah is passionate about involving children and young people in research and undertakes a lot of public engagement activity. 

Her research focuses on the design and manipulation of medicines to create age appropriate drug formulations to maximise clinical efficacy in paediatric patients.  This encompasses pharmaceutical science as well as clinical evaluations of medicines administered to children.

She is an expert in optimisation of drug formulations to maximise their biopharmaceutical performance.


  • Professional Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2003)
  • PhD in Dug Delivery, University of London (2000)
  • BSc in Pharmacology and Chemistry, University of Sheffield (1996)


Hannah Batchelor holds a postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and has experience in lecturing to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has also published educational research papers.

She currently teaches on the MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise; MPharm, MBCHB, Chemical engineering (MEng) programmes at the University of Birmingham.

Outside of the University of Birmingham she teaches on the MSc in Paediatric Medicines Development and Evaluation awarded by the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Global Research in Paediatrics).

She has also taught on a MOOC (Massive open online course) on “Drug Origins” which attracted 5500 participants in 2014.

She was responsible for writing a module within the SCRIPT project on paediatric prescribing (www.safeprescriber.org).

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Batchelor is interested in supervising research projects in the following areas:

The use of scientific principles to design or manipulate medicines for paediatric use
Generation of understanding of paediatric physiology and biopharmaceutics to ensure clinical efficacy is maximised
Development of in silico tools to predict drug performance in paediatric populations
Understanding the acceptability and age-appropriateness of medicines designed for children

Other activities

Hannah Batchelor is a member the Clinical Research Network: Children, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, which is dedicated to supporting research into many different aspects of health care. 

Hannah gave a TEDx talk in April 2015 

Hannah is also the paediatric biopharmaceutics workstream leader within the European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (www.eupfi.org). 

Outreach activities to talk to children and young people about medicines and clinical research are an important aspect of Hannah’s work. She has visited schools, hospitals and community events.

See her personal website for further details 

Hannah has been invited to present at several National and International meetings on paediatric medicines development 

An online webinar is available from the  Global Research in Paediatrics (GRiP) series of "Meet the Expert in Paediatric Formulations".  This session "In-vitro biopharmaceutic methods in the development of oral dosage forms for children" 3rd October 2013 


Recent publications


Papadatou-Soulou, E, Mason, J, Parsons, C, Oates, A, Thyagarajan, M & Batchelor, HK 2019, 'Magnetic resonance imaging quantification of gastrointestinal liquid volumes and distribution in the gastro-intestinal tract of children', Molecular Pharmaceutics, vol. 16, no. 9, pp. 3896-3903. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.9b00510

Alrammaal, HH, Batchelor, HK, Morris, K & Chong, HP 2019, 'Efficacy of perioperative cefuroxime as a prophylactic antibiotic in women requiring caesarean section: a systematic review', European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2019.08.022

Koutroulis, A, Batchelor, H, Kuehne, S, Cooper, P & Camilleri, J 2019, 'Investigation of the effect of the water to powder ratio on hydraulic cement properties', Dental Materials, vol. 35, no. 8, pp. 1146-1154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dental.2019.05.011

Czarnocka, J, Rajabi-Siahboomi, A, Haque, S, Mason, J, Teckoe, J, To, D & Batchelor, H 2019, 'Developing methodology to evaluate the oral sensory features of pharmaceutical tablet coatings', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, vol. 562, pp. 212-217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2019.03.046

Lopez, FL, Batchelor, H, Mistry, P, Bennett, J, Coupe, A, Ernest, TB, Orlu-Gul, M & Tuleu, C 2018, 'Acceptability of placebo multiparticulate formulations in children and adults', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1, 9210. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-27446-6

Mistry, P, Stirling, H, Callens, C, Hodson, J & Batchelor, H 2018, 'Evaluation of patient reported outcome measurements as a reliable tool to measure acceptability of the taste of paediatric medicines in an inpatient paediatric population', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 7, e021961. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021961, https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021961

Batchelor, H & Webb, E 2018, 'How close is the dose? Manipulation of 10mg hydrocortisone tablets to provide appropriate doses to children', International Journal of Pharmaceutics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2018.04.054

Pérez-Córdoba, LJ, Norton, IT, Batchelor, HK, Gkatzionis, K, Spyropoulos, F & Sobral, PJA 2017, 'Physico-chemical, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of gelatin-chitosan based films loaded with nanoemulsions encapsulating active compounds', Food Hydrocolloids. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodhyd.2017.12.012

Mistry, P, Batchelor, H & SPaeDD-UK project 2017, 'Methodology Used to Assess Acceptability of Oral Pediatric Medicines: A Systematic Literature Search and Narrative Review', Paediatric Drugs, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 223–233. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40272-017-0223-7

Batchelor, H, Kaukonen, AM, Klein, S, Davit, B, Ju, R, Ternik, R, Heimbach, T, Lin, W, Wang, J & Storey, D 2017, 'Food Effects in Paediatric Medicines Development for Products Co-administered with Food', International Journal of Pharmaceutics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2017.05.011

Alexiadis, A, Stamatopoulos, K, Wen, W, Batchelor, HK, Bakalis, S, Barigou, M & Simmons, MJH 2017, 'Using discrete multi-physics for detailed exploration of hydrodynamics in an in vitro colon system', Computers in Biology and Medicine, vol. 81, pp. 188-198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compbiomed.2017.01.003

Salunke, S, Liu, F, Batchelor, H, Walsh, J, Turner, R, Ju, TR, Tuleu, C & European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (EuPFI) 2017, 'European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (EuPFI)-Formulating Ideas for Better Medicines for Children', AAPS PharmSciTech, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 257-262. https://doi.org/10.1208/s12249-016-0584-1

Review article

O'Brien, F, Clapham, D, Krysiak, K, Batchelor, H, Field, P, Caivano, G, Pertile, M, Nunn, A & Tuleu, C 2019, 'Making medicines baby size: the challenges in bridging the formulation gap in neonatal medicine', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 20, no. 11, 2688. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20112688

Freerks, L, Papadatou Soulou, E, Batchelor, H & Klein, S 2019, 'A review of GI conditions critical to oral drug absorption in malnourished children', European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, vol. 137, pp. 9-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpb.2019.02.001

Batchelor, H 2019, 'Minitablets may be an acceptable alternative to liquid in infants and young children', Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 206, pp. 298-301. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.12.075

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