Dr Pendry is an herbal medicine practitioner with a PhD in Phytotherapy involving the investigation and identification of antioxidant activity in a small selection of medicinal plants traditionally used in the treatment of chronic age-related diseases. Her particular interest in the treatment of cancer with complementary therapies and mental health has evolved from her previous work as a practitioner with Barnet Cancer Care and as a mental health act manager for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust and latterly Cornerstone House, a service providing a rehabilitation and recovery service for those people from a mental illness. At UEL she has responsibility for the leadership of the BSc in Pharmaceutical Science, and was formerly programme leader for Herbal Medicine.
Dr Pendry is a member of the Medicines Research Group at UEL whose current focus is quality assessment and drug discovery potential for natural products related to public health promotion and disease presentation in emerging and developed economies. The issues related to the problems of antimicrobial resistance are of particular interest and Dr Pendry has presented at two workshops in India (funded by the British Council) and Bangladesh (funded by the GCRF fund) to highlight the problems of antimicrobial resistance and discuss the challenges for the development of novel antimicrobial agents from Ayurvedic medicinal plants.
She is a member of the government's Herbal Medicine Advisory Committee (HMAC) and Editor-In Chief of the Journal of Herbal Medicine.