Cancer Research Group

The Kingston University Cancer Research group is a diverse group that brings together cancer researchers from across the University including workers in the faculties of Science, Engineering and Computing and Health, Social Care and Education.

Our aims are to improve our understanding of carcinogenesis, the early detection of cancer, patient treatment and quality of life through inter-disciplinary research.

Our research interests and expertise span a range of areas including cell and molecular biology of cancer, the importance of inflammation, infectious agents, nutrition and biomarkers in cancer, cancer diagnosis and imaging, anti-cancer drug design and delivery, and patient treatment and monitoring using the latest mobile health technologies.

We work with clinicians, pathologists, pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, medical physicists and engineers, and national and international collaborators from both academia and the pharmaceutical industry to investigate the mechanisms of tumour development, progression and metastasis, to develop novel treatments and diagnostic techniques and to make sure that our research will have a positive translational impact on the lives of people with cancer.

Research themes

Our research is focused into three main themes:

  1. Cancer biology, pathophysiology and prevention
    Helmout Modjtahedi, Hossein Ashrafi, Mark Carew, Alan Seddon, Athina-Mytro Chioni, Terry Gaymes
  2. Cancer diagnosis and prognosis
    Helmout Modjtahedi, Alan Seddon
  3. Anti-cancer drugs, monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutics
    Helmout Modjtahedi, Elizabeth Opara, Alan Seddon, Mark Carew

Contact us

If you wish to contact the group, please conact Helmout Modjtahedi.

Core members

Associate members

Research students

  • Mohamed Araby Ismail (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Samer Bazzi (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Esha Chakravarty (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Rajiv Dhunnoo (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Andrius Jaksevicius (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Arshia Ghanbari (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Loryn Haliday (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Farshad Heidari (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Nico Lambri (PhD, Life Sciences)
  • Wesam W Mustafa (PhD, Pharmacy and Chemistry)
  • Racha Sabbagh Dit Hawasli (PhD, Pharmacy and Chemistry)
  • Nadia Aziz Salman (PhD, Life Sciences)

Postdoctoral fellows

  • Sumaira Ali (Visiting Fellow, Life Sciences)
  • Nikolaos Ioannou (Visiting Fellow, Life Sciences)
  • Said A Khelwatty (Life Sciences)
  • Gustavo A Arias Pinilla (Life Sciences)
  • Soozana Puvanenthiran (Visiting Fellow, Life Sciences)

External collaborations

Professor Helmout Modjtahedi

  • Dr Sharadah Essapen, St Luke's Cancer Centre, Royal Surrey County Hospital, UK
  • Prof Angus Dalgleish, St. George's Medical School, London UK
  • Mr Satvinder Mudan, Royal Marsden NHS Trust, St George's Hospital, UK
  • Dr Suzanne Eccles, The Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, UK
  • Dr Zhen Fan, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, USA

Dr Hossein Ashrafi

  • Dr Giles Davis, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Kingston Hospital, Kingston upon Thames
  • Dr Aldo Venuti, Laboratorio di Virologia, Istituto Nazionale Tumori Regina Elena IRCCS - Roma, Italy
  • Professor Sheila Graham, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Peter Kennedy, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Randall Cohrs, University of Colorado

Dr Mark Carew

  • Dr Lisi Meira, University of Surrey
  • Prof Robin Williams, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Dr Debbie Baines, St George's, University of London