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Prof Marilena Loizidou
Academic Department of Surgery, UCL Medical School
9th floor, Royal Free Hospital
London
NW3 2QG
Tel: 020 7794 0500 x 35575; x35303
Appointment
  • Professor of Cancer Nanotechnology
  • Department of Nanotechnology
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Biography

Marilena Loizidou is Deputy Director of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science (SIS) at UCL; and Head of the SIS Department at the Royal Free Campus.  

After her undergraduate training in Biochemistry (McMasters University, Canada), she moved to the University of Southampton where she obtained her PhD in Solid Tumour Biology and Pharmacology and became lead clinical scientist at the University of Southampton/NHS. She moved to UCL to the academic department of Surgery, and became Head of Department in 2013.

ML uses nanotechnology tools in her cancer pharmacology research.  Her main focus has been in the field of novel imaging and targeted therapeutics in solid tumours, mainly colorectal cancer, with a focus on the role of the fibrotic cancer stroma.  ML co-invented tumouroids, 3D in vitro cultures of cancer which mimic the composition and architecture of solid tumours. Tumouroids are being developed as platforms for therapeutics and for stratified medicine.

 ML is co-Founder and Director of the MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine and the MSc in Surgical and Interventional Sciences.

 

Research Summary

 RESEARCH THEMES:

(1) CANCER NANOTECHNOLOGY

Use of nanoparticles to improve drug targeting and treatment of solid cancers, particularly colorectal cancer.

(2) TUMOUROIDS

Creation of tumouroids, complex 3D cultures of cancer in the laboratory, to mimic the tissue composition of solid cancers. Tumouroids are currently being developed as drug testing platforms and for stratified medicine.



Teaching Summary

CURRENT COURSES:

(1) Director, MSc in Surgical and Interventional Sciences.

(2) Co-Director, MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine.

(3) C0-Director, MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare, Surgery.


Appointments
2000 Senior Lecturer    , United Kingdom
Academic Background
1991 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Surgery University of Southampton
1985 MSc Master of Science University of Southampton
1984 BSc Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry McMaster University
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