Foldvari Research Group

Welcome to the Foldvari Research Group   

Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology Laboratory

Foldvari Lab picture banner.

Dr. Marianna Foldvari is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Canada Research Chair in Bionanotechnology and Nanomedicine (2007-2014) at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy. Dr. Foldvari’s expertise is in pharmaceutics, dosage forms, drug delivery system design (dermal, transdermal, transmucosal, ocular, and intranasal), nanotechnology, non-viral delivery methods and vaccine development.

Currently, the Foldvari Group is investigating novel materials, methods, mechanisms and pathways to enable the discovery and invention of needle-free administration of medicines. We are working on developing non-invasive drug delivery technologies and pharmaceutical products based on these technologies.

Our objectives are to:

  • Develop novel delivery systems and formulations for drugs, proteins, nucleic acids and vaccines
  • Create hybrid systems, e.g., DNA-nanoparticles, carbon nanotube composites and other unique structures
  • Create nanoprobe systems for diagnostics and repair of biological functions
  • Investigate natural and synthetic materials for fabrication of delivery and diagnostic systems
  • Create interfacing methods between physical and biological systems
  • Investigate molecular functions at the bio/nano interface using computer modelling and visualization of the delivery systems



In September 2020, Antoine Hakim joined as a new PhD Student. He will be investigating novel delivery systems for gene editing applications.
Welcome Antoine!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Coop Student in the Foldvari Group

For the Fall 2020 Term Benjamin Guido (Rx2022 Pharmacy Student) joined our group. He is evaluating novel microfluidic culture technologies to study gene delivery into retinal cells under real-time conditions.