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Dr Elnaz Yaghini
Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London,
London, UK
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Department of Surgical Biotechnology
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Biography

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London. Wishing to pursue an academic career in translational research, following the completion of my degree in medicine and clinical training, I carried out a PhD in 'Nanomedicine' at UCL. I then started postdoctoral research at UCL in collaboration with Nanoco Technologies Ltd on diagnostic nanoparticles followed by a BBSRC funded research project in collaboration with the University of Bath on studies of light-triggered drug delivery to cancer cells. My current project supported by Innovate UK is a translational multidisciplinary research programme and involves collaboration with scientists, clinical academic staff and commercial partners. 

Research Summary

My career goal is to develop an innovative multimodal optical imaging technique for intraoperative image-guided surgery of cancerous tumours. Towards this, my research has focused on the following themes:  

1) Development of novel targeted fluorescent dyes and nanoparticles for intraoperative detection of tumour margins, small metastatic lesions and sentinel lymph nodes in preclinical in vivo tumour models. 

2) Investigation of therapeutic applications of a wide range of novel peptide/antibody conjugated nanoparticles and fluorescent dyes in in vitro and in vivo preclinical tumour models.

3) Preclinical in vivo biodistribution, pharmacokinetic modelling, excretion and toxicology studies of newly developed contrast agents.

Teaching Summary

I have been awarded a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), November 2017. 


I supervise PhD students and have a track record of supervising MSc students on various research projects.


I am the module leader and tutor for a Student Selective Component (SCC) module for second year medical students (MBBS) at UCL in 'Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine' Year 2 Block. 

Appointments
  Research Associate Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
OCT-2017 Senior Research Fellow Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
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