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Dr Nikolitsa Nomikou
Room 304
South Wing, 9th Floor, Royal Free Hospital
Pond Street
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Surgical Biotechnology
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Dr Nomikou completed her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University in 2008. She was appointed as Lecturer in Targeted Therapeutics at UCL in September 2013 and was then promoted to Associate Professor in October 2019.

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Dr Nomikou’s current research focuses on the development of translational drug delivery approaches based on formulations/carriers that are responsive to different forms of energy (electromagnetic fields, ultrasound), as well as responsive to the cancerous microenvironment. Her recently published and current funded research has demonstrated the potential of site-specific and minimally-invasive treatments based on low-intensity ultrasound and light, named as sonodynamic and photodynamic/photothermal therapy, respectively.  The potential of these therapeutic approaches to efficiently manage aggressive and advanced-stage cancers has been strongly augmented by novel therapeutic formulations that respond to either externally-applied or tumour-specific stimuli.  Dr Nomikou’s team aims to optimize these therapeutic modalities using nanotechnology for maximizing their potential in the clinic. Her research has been awarded funding from the UK Research Councils (EPSRC, MRC), the Royal Society, as well as UK-based cancer charities (e.g. Bowel & Cancer Research). Her research has also been supported with private donations. She is the Group Lead of Responsive Oncotherapeutics at UCL.

PhD opportunities on one of the following topics:

a. Stimulus-responsive therapeutic formulations for cancer treatment and drug delivery

b. Development and characterization of therapeutic formulations for cancer sonodynamic therapy

c. Exploitation of the tumour microenvironment in therapy

d. Combined intraoperative NIR imaging and treatment for cancer

Teaching Summary

Programme Lead - iBSc in Surgical Sciences

Year 3 Lead - BSc in Applied Medical Sciences

Module coordinator SURG0057 - Surgical Oncology   (iBSc in Surgical Sciences)

Module coordinator SURGGS03 - Surgical Oncology (MSc in Surgical & Interventional Science)

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