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Prof. Claude A Farrugia
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Prof. Claude A Farrugia

Prof. Claude A Farrugia


Associate Professor
Faculty of Science
Room 330
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
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Prof. Farrugia graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Malta in 1991 with a B.Pharm.(Hons.) degree. In 1994 he was awarded a scholarship grant by the University of Malta and a research assistantship by the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, enabling him to pursue his studies towards a Ph.D. in Pharmacy, with specialisation in Pharmaceutics, which he obtained in December 1998. In recognition of his academic achievements, Prof. Farrugia was inducted to both the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Prof. Farrugia was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at the Junior College of the University of Malta in 2001. He was subsequently appointed Senior Lecturer in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in 2007, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. He currently lectures in both biological and applied chemistry, and oversees all the department’s chemistry practical study units.

Prof. Farrugia is closely linked with the pharmaceutical industry in Malta, with experience in Good Manufacturing Practices, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. He has been the President of the Malta Qualified Persons Association (MQPA) since 2004, and is also currently the Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Business Section in the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, and President of the European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG).

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Physical chemistry of gelatin
  • Gelatin-surfactant interactions
  • Gelatin nanoparticle production
  • Stability and analysis of medicinal products and their ingredients
  • Powder surface properties and flow behaviour
  • Analysis of natural products
  • Hydrophobic dispersions of pharmaceutical powders

Selected Publications

Duca, D. & Farrugia, C. 2016, "Development and Validation of HPLC-PDA Assay method of Frangula emodin", Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 374--386.

Lia, F., Farrugia, C. & Zammit Mangion, M. 2015, "Determination of antioxidant activity of olive oil phenolic extracts", Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications.

Sciberras, J.N., Galloway, S.D., Fenech, A., Grech, G., Farrugia, C., Duca, D. & Mifsud, J. 2015, "The effect of turmeric (Curcumin) supplementation on cytokine and inflammatory marker responses following 2 hours of endurance cycling", Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 5-014-0066-3. eCollection 2015.

Fenech, M. & Farrugia, C. 2014, "A correlation of physicochemical properties of selected medicinal compounds to their Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification", PharmSci 2014.

Mazzitelli, O., Calleja, A., Sardella, D., Farrugia, C. & Zammit-Mangion, M. 2014, "Analysis of the molecular diversity of Olea europaea in the Mediterranean Island of Malta", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, , pp. 1-7.

Vella, M., Hunter, T., Farrugia, C., Pearson, A.R. & Hunter, G. 2014, "Purification and Characterisation of Xanthine Oxidoreductases from Local Bovids in Malta", Advances in Enzyme Research, vol. 2, pp. 54-63.

Popova, M., Trusheva, B., Cutajar, S., Antonova, D., Mifsud, D., Farrugia, C. & Bankova, V. 2012, "Identification of the plant origin of the botanical biomarkers of Mediterranean type propolis", Natural product communications, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 569-570.

Popova, M., Trusheva, B., Antonova, D., Cutajar, S., Mifsud, D., Farrugia, C., Tsvetkova, I., Najdenski, H. & Bankova, V. 2011, "The specific chemical profile of Mediterranean propolis from Malta", Food Chemistry, vol. 126, no. 3, pp. 1431-1435.

Farrugia, C.A. & Groves, M.J. 1999, "Gelatin behaviour in dilute aqueous solution: designing a nanoparticulate formulation", The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, vol. 51, no. 6, pp. 643-649.

Farrugia, C.A., Farrugia, I.V. & Groves, M.J. 1998, "Comparison of the Molecular Weight Distribution of Gelatin Fractions by Size-exclusion Chromatography and Light Scattering", Pharmacy and Pharmacology Communications, vol. 4, no. 12, pp. 559-562.


Google Scholar Profile: Prof. Claude Farrugia
ORCiD: 0000-0002-7706-6687
Researcher ID: N-3138-

Prof. Farrugia is the Project Leader for ERDF011 (Furnishing and Equipping of the
Chemistry & Biology Building Extensions) and the Contact Person for ERDF018
(Strengthening of Analytical Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Electromagnetics
RTDI Facilities). He is also the elected representative of the Department of
Chemistry on the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Science, the Chairperson of the
Faculty of Science Subcommittee on Health and Safety and the Chairperson of the
Faculty of Science Subcommittee on the National Curriculum Framework, and a member of
the Boards of Studies of the Chemistry Single Honours and Chemistry Double Honours

Professional Membership:
Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Member of the Royal Society of Biology
Member of The Organization of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs
Pharmaceutical scientist member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

National and International Appointments:
President, European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG)
President, Malta Qualified Persons Association (MQPA)
Chairman, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Business Section, Malta Chamber of Commerce,
Enterprise and Industry
Associate Editor and Member of the Editorial Board, european Industrial Pharmacy
Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice


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