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Professor Danka Tamburic

Professor of Cosmetic Science
London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Slobodanka  Tamburic


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 150 research outputs in the public domain.

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 and the Centre for Fashion Business Research at London College of Fashion.

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 research comes from connecting its various strands into meaningful ‘packages’ of new insights.'

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Cosmetic company, Investigating skincare potential of a naturally-derived polymer
  • University of Strathclyde Innovation Centre, Exploring the use of specific peptides as cosmetic actives
  • Church & Dwight Ltd, An ex vivo comparative study of dry-shampoos

Research Outputs


Conference, Symposium or Workshop item


Current research students

  • Yimeng Jiao, Exploring 3D printing as new approach to enhancing skin delivery (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Milica Lukic, Formulation development of moisturizing dermocosmetic emulsions: combined rheological, textural and sensory analysis approach (Advisor)
  • Mojgan Moddaresi, The use of novel technology in enhancing the efficacy of cosmetic actives of natural origin. (Lead supervisor)
  • Madhuri Shamanna, Development of Natural Multifunctional Cosmetic Ingredients Using Biotechnological Approach. (Lead supervisor)


Business & management, and science