• The University of Western Australia (M315), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Lee Yong is a professor of pharmaceutics at UWA. She has more than 25 years of research experience in designing and evaluating innovative drug delivery systems. She completed a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in pharmacy at the National University of Singapore, and a PhD in the pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Manchester. She has worked as an academic at the National Universitiy of Singapore for 15 years before moving to UWA in 2005 to help design and start the Master of Pharmacy program.   

Teaching overview

Lee Yong teaches pharmaceutics in the MPharm program at UWA. She is the Graduate Research Coordinator for postgraduate students at the School of Allied Health, and the coordinator of the UWA-Zhejiang University pharmacy student exchange program.

Lee Yong is Unit Co-ordinator for the following courses:

PHCY8610 Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics

PHCY5611 Medicinal Product Formulation

PHCY5614 Pharmacy Research Project

PHCY0002 UWA-ZJU Pharmacy Research Project

Research

Lee Yong heads the Laboratory for Drug Delivery, which engages in multi-disciplinary research to design, fabricate, evaluate and translate innovative delivery platforms to optimise drug delivery and therapeutic outcomes for patients.

Lee Yong has a strong focus to transform the current practice of medicinal product development for young children. She collaborates with medical practitioners and clinical pharmacists to identify and overcome constraints that prevent medicines from working effectively in the paediatric population. Her team has proven capacity to take a problematic drug from formulation to preclinical evaluation and finally to taste acceptance and pharmacokinetic trials in children, and has a record of developing successful drug delivery platforms for children. They have patented a novel palatable chocolate-based formulation for bitter drugs and conducted successful paediatric trials on 2 prototype products. This platform is in the process of being commercialised. Other age-appropriate taste-masked platforms are currently being developed. 

Lee Yong's team also innovates taste-masked medicinal products for the marine aquaculture industry. Another area of focus is the innovation of stable drug-loaded scaffolds for the treatment of ear diseases.  Lee Yong also has an international reputation in nanotechnology-enabled medicinal product innovation, and continues to maintain an interest in this research through international collaborations. She also works with WA hospitals to provide safe delivery of extemporaneously compounded medicines to patients.

Please contact Lee Yong or the UWA Office of Research for PhD and licensing opportunities.

Funding overview

Lee Yong has received over $4.5 million in research support from a wide range of sources, including the NHMRC, ARC, Cancer Council, WA Department of Health, Telethon-Perth Children's Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, ANZ College of Anaesthetists, UWA Pathfinder, Singapore Biomedical Research Council, Singapore DSO, NUS Academic Fund, and the pharmaceutical industry in Australia and other countries. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Diploma of Counselling, Australian Institute of Family Counselling

BSc (Pharmacy) Hons, National University of Singapore

PhD, University of Manchester

Research expertise keywords

  • Taste masked medicines
  • Age appropriate medicines
  • Pediatric medicinal products
  • Veterinary medicinal products
  • Chronic tympanic membrane perforations

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