Professor Danka Tamburic

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Professor in Cosmetic Science

London College of Fashion


Professor Slobodanka (Danka) Tamburic has a background in Pharmacy, with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has acquired extensive teaching and research experience in Pharmaceutical Technology and Cosmetology from the University of Belgrade and a three-year postdoctoral research experience in Materials Science from the UCL School of Pharmacy.

In 2000, Professor Tamburic developed the first UK university degree solely devoted to cosmetic industry, the BSc Cosmetic Science at London College of Fashion, a predecessor of the current integrated MSc Cosmetic Science. She has led the course, and later the Science Programme, until 2014, establishing its international reputation.

Professor Tamburic has extensive experience in the area of skin research, including pharmaceutical and cosmetic aspects, with more than 120 research outputs in the public domain, of which 50 are papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

She has also contributed to book chapters, patent applications and pedagogic projects. Her research interests encompass the use of novel technologies in skin formulation and the assessment of various aspects of cosmetic product efficacy. She is also engaged in multi-disciplinary research, including the use of 3D printing technology in cosmetic science.

Professor Tamburic is a member of the Better Living Research Hub at London College of Fashion.

Research interests

  • Exploring the efficacy of cosmetic products using skin bio-engineering and sensory methods.
  • Evaluating internal structure of semisolid systems for cosmetic and pharmaceutical application and its effect on product efficacy.
  • Exploring the use of 3D printing technology in cosmetic science.
  • Using a multidisciplinary approach in the study of aging skin.

Research statement

Professor Tamburic’s research is multidisciplinary, in response to the nature of her subject area. In her words:

As individual sciences have become more and more compartmentalised, I realise that most of my excitement within the eclectic area of cosmetic science research comes from connecting its various strands into meaningful ‘packages’ of new insights.


Completed students and thesis titles

Mojgan Moddaresi, The use of novel technology in enhancing the efficacy of cosmetic actives of natural origin.

Madhuri Shamanna, Development of Natural Multifunctional Cosmetic Ingredients Using Biotechnological Approach.

Milica Lukic, Formulation development of moisturizing dermocosmetic emulsions: combined rheological, textural and sensory analysis approach, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Pharmacy.

Current postdoctoral projects

Dr Evangelia Daskalaki, Exploring the use of specific peptides as cosmetic actives, University of Strathclyde Innovation Centre.

Dr Milica Stevic, Applications of 3D printing technology in cosmetic science, London College of Fashion.


Selected research outputs