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Dr Elnaz Yaghini
Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London,
London, UK
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  • Associate Professor
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Elnaz Yaghini is Associate Professor in Biomedical Imaging and Surgical Science in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL. She commenced a lectureship at UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science in 2020, making Associate Professor in 2022.  

Elnaz originally qualified in 'Clinical Medicine' followed by a 'PhD in Nanomedicine' at University College London (UCL), which has given her a strong translational perspective that has guided her preclinical research and teaching. Following her PhD, she secured a Technology Strategy Board funded Research Associate position at UCL to develop novel fluorescent nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Afterwards, she was employed as a Research Associate on a BBSRC-funded multidisciplinary research programme, which was a joint research project between Bath University, UK to develop peptide-based systems as a platform technology for light-triggered delivery of therapeutic macromolecules and nanoparticles to cancer cells.

In 2017, Elnaz was promoted to Senior Research Fellow and secured an Innovate UK Health & Life Sciences grant award with her role as Co-investigator and named Researcher on the project. The project was in collaboration with Nanoco Technologies Ltd., to develop functionalised nanoparticles for selective in vivo tumour detection.

Elnaz is currently involved in a range of research projects involving collaboration with scientists, clinicians, and companies. She currently leads an activegrant-supported research programme as Principal Investigator on intraoperative image-guided surgery.

Since March 2021,  Elnaz has also been appointed to the role of the Designated Individual (DI) for the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Anatomy Licence at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust & UCL. 

Research Summary

Elnaz has a strong track record in multidisciplinary translational research and her career goal is to develop an innovative multimodal optical imaging technique for intraoperative image-guided surgery of tumours. Incomplete tumour resection during surgery are inevitably associated with higher rates of reoperation, increased rates of recurrence and lower overall survival rateTowards this, her research strategy is focused on the development of novel targeted cancer selective contrast agents and nanodelivery systems for intraoperative detection of tumours and metastatic lesions with preservation of critical structures. 

Teaching Summary

2017 - present: Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

March 2021 - present: Designated Individual (DI) for the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Anatomy Licence.

Module Co-Lead (SURG0183): Advanced Skills in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (MSc Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery).

Module Co-Lead (SURG0126): Professional Surgical Practice Module (iBSc Surgical Sciences).

Tutor and Research Projects (SURG0084): MSc in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine

Module Co-Lead - MBBS Year 2 Student Selected Component (SSC), Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Basic Principles and Practical Skills.

2022 Associate Professor Division of Surgery and Interventional Science University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
2020 Lecturer Division of Surgery and Interventional Science University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
2017 Senior Research Fellow Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
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