Dr Ahmed Elbediwy


I joined Kingston University as Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry in Late 2018, following a very successful research career which involved working at the world renowned Francis Crick Institute as a postdoctoral scientist and a PhD from University College, London. This research resulted in a number of high impact publications which changed the field of cancer signalling. During my time at the Francis Crick institute, I developed my teaching with a joint collaboration with UCL and was awarded an AFHEA from this venture.  I also made strong industrial collaborations with GSK by jointly working on a chemical screen to identify drugs involved in cancer inhibition.

When I joined Kingston University, London i quickly established myself as an integral part of the Biomolecular Science teaching team and obtained my FHEA within the first year, before becoming a Senior Lecturer and course leader for BSc Biochemistry in 2020 and course leader for BSc Biological Sciences in 2023. I have implemented a number of innovative techniques for engaging students, which culminated in winning an award at the union of Kingston students' Academic Impact Awards for ‘Outstanding contribution to learning and teaching in 2022. In 2023 I was nominated for 7 categories which included:

  • Best Assessment Feedback.
  • Best Project/Dissertation Supervisor.
  • Most Innovative Teacher.
  • Most Engaging Teaching.
  • Most Student Friendly Staff.
  • Professional/Support Staff of the year.
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience.

All teaching I do is student focused with resources, support, and tools to enhance and allow students to reach their full potential.

I am also a future driven leader who is currently course leader for BSc Biochemistry and BSc Biological Sciences. I constantly drive to progress and enhance teaching in my field. I am involved in a number of university working groups including revamping the teaching management guide and the current academic integrity implementation. I collaborating with the School Director of learning and teaching to successfully reaccredit the Biochemistry course in 2021 with the Royal Society of Biology and have taken part in the ‘Diversifying Leadership' course by advanced HE. I am also on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group and the Athena Swan working group in order to ensure diversity is pushed forward as an agenda. I obtained my SFHEA in 2022 because of all the work I have done within teaching. I also have collaborated with a number of staff both within department and across faculties for pedagogic research and some of these works have been published. Pedagogic research is important in order to enhance how students can be further supported and a paper on barriers students faced at level 4 contributed to a revised structure of our timetable in the school. I am also a mental health first aider and have obtained a Level 3 RSPH Mental Health qualification in order to support students with mental health concerns.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader BSc Biochemistry


  • SFHEA (2022)
  • Advance HE Online Professional Development Course for External Examiners (2020)
  • FHEA (2019)
  • AFHEA (2018)
  • Mental Health First Aider (2023)
  • Level 3 RSPH Mental Health (2023)
  • DPhil in Molecular Cell Biology (University College London) (2013)
  • B.Sc (Hons) in Molecular Biology (Queen Mary, University of London) (2005)

Teaching and learning

Course Director 

  • BSc Biochemistry
  • BSc Biological Sciences

Module Leader 

  • LS6005 - Clinical Chemistry and Haematology

Teaching Responsibilities: Modules Taught


  • LS4002: The Biochemical Foundations of Life
  • LS4003: Scientific and Laboratory Skills
  • LS5001: Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • LS5002: Proteins and Metabolism
  • LS5003: Principles of Pharmacology with Research Methods
  • LS5008: Infection and Immunity
  • LS6003: Chemotherapy of Infectious & Neoplastic Disease
  • LS6005: Clinical Chemistry and Haematology
  • LS6007: Clinical Applications of Biomedical Sciences
  • LS6014: Project (Bioscience)


  • LS7001: Research Techniques and Scientific Communication
  • LS7002: Immunology and the Biology of Disease
  • LS7010: Research Project

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching Award Winner 2022
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate courses taught


My research focuses on Cancer Biology. This can be investigated on the molecular level as well as with the use of therapeutic compounds:

Some project titles include:

Signalling pathways in cancer initiation

Naturally occurring compounds and cancer inhibition

The Extracellular Matrix and Disease

Effect of Metabolism on signalling pathways

Repurposing of drugs for cancer treatment

I have had a successful PhD completion (Dr Simge Karagil) who graduated in 2023, and have been involved with a number of PhD and MScR students as a co-supervisor who have completed or are about to complete.

I have successfully been awarded a GRS fellowship in 2019, and have applied for grants as co-investigator with a number of academics.

Areas of specialism

  • Cancer Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


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Bruno, Lucrezia, Karagil, Simge, Mahmood, Almas, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Stolinski, Michael and Mackenzie, Francesca (2021) Mechanosensing and the Hippo pathway in microglia : a potential link to Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis. Cells, 10(11), p. 3144. ISSN (online) 2073-4409

Cobbaut, Mathias, Karagil, Simge, Bruno, Lucrezia, de Loza, Maria Del Carmen Diaz, Mackenzie, Francesca E, Stolinski, Michael and Elbediwy, Ahmed (2020) Dysfunctional mechanotransduction through the YAP/TAZ/Hippo pathway as a feature of chronic disease. Cells, 9(1), p. 151. ISSN (online) 2073-4409

Sidor, Clara, Borreguero-Munoz, Nerea, Fletcher, Georgina C, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Guillermin, Oriane and Thompson, Barry J (2019) Mask family proteins ANKHD1 and ANKRD17 regulate YAP nuclear import and stability. eLIFE, 2019(8), e48601. ISSN (online) 2050-084X

Borreguero-Munoz, Nerea, Fletcher, Georgina C., Aguilar-Aragon, Mario, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Vincent-Mistiaen, Zoe I. and Thompson, Barry J. (2019) The Hippo pathway integrates PI3K-Akt signals with mechanical and polarity cues to control tissue growth. PLoS Biology, 17(10), e3000509. ISSN (print) 1544-9173

Cobbaut, Mathias and Elbediwy, Ahmed (2019) First person – Mathias Cobbaut and Ahmed Elbediwy. Journal of Cell Science, 132(8), jcs231928. ISSN (print) 0021-9533

Elbediwy, Ahmed, Zhang, Yixiao, Cobbaut, Mathias, Riou, Philippe, Tan, Ray S., Roberts, Selene K., Tynan, Chris, George, Roger, Kjaer, Svend, Martin-Fernandez, Marisa L., Thompson, Barry J., McDonald, Neil Q. and Parker, Peter J. (2019) The Rho family GEF FARP2 is activated by aPKCι to control tight junction formation and polarity. Journal of Cell Science, 132(8), p. 223743. ISSN (print) 0021-9533

Elbediwy, Ahmed [Interviewee] (2018) First person – Ahmed Elbediwy. Journal of Cell Science, 131(22), ISSN (print) 0021-9533

Elbediwy, Ahmed, Vanyai, Hannah, Diaz-de-la-Loza, Maria-del-Carmen, Frith, David, Snijders, Ambrosius P. and Thompson, Barry J. (2018) Enigma proteins regulate YAP mechanotransduction. Journal of Cell Science, 131(22), jcs22178. ISSN (print) 0021-9533

Vincent-Mistiaen, Zoe, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Vanyai, Hannah, Cotton, Jennifer, Stamp, Gordon, Nye, Emma, Spencer-Dene, Bradley, Thomas, Gareth J, Mao, Junhao and Thompson, Barry (2018) YAP drives cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma formation and progression. eLife, 7, e33304. ISSN (online) 2050-084X

Elbediwy, Ahmed and Thompson, Barry J (2018) Evolution of mechanotransduction via YAP/TAZ in animal epithelia. Current Opinion in Cell Biology, 51, pp. 117-123. ISSN (print) 0955-0674

Aguilar-Aragon, Mario, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Foglizzo, Valentina, Fletcher, Georgina C, Li, Vivian S.W. and Thompson, Barry J. (2018) Pak1 kinase maintains apical membrane identity in epithelia. Cell Reports, 22(7), pp. 1639-1646. ISSN (online) 2211-1247

Soriano, Erika V., Ivanova, Marina E., Fletcher, Georgina, Riou, Philippe, Knowles, Philip P., Barnouin, Karin, Purkiss, Andrew, Kostelecky, Brenda, Saiu, Peter, Linch, Mark, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Kjær, Svend, O'Reilly, Nicola, Snijders, Ambrosius P, Parker, Peter J., Thompson, Barry J. and McDonald, Neil Q. (2016) aPKC inhibition by Par3 CR3 flanking regions controls substrate access and underpins apical-junctional polarization. Developmental Cell, 38(4), pp. 384-398. ISSN (print) 1534-5807

Elbediwy, Ahmed, Vincent-Mistiaen, Zoe I. and Thompson, Barry J. (2016) YAP and TAZ in epithelial stem cells : a sensor for cell polarity, mechanical forces and tissue damage. BioEssays, 38(7), pp. 644-653. ISSN (print) 0265-9247

Khanal, Ichha, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Diaz de la Loza, Maria Del Carmen, Fletcher, Georgina C. and Thompson, Barry J. (2016) Shot and Patronin polarise microtubules to direct membrane traffic and biogenesis of microvilli in epithelia. Journal of Cell Science, 129(13), pp. 2651-2659. ISSN (print) 0021-9533

Elbediwy, Ahmed, Vincent-Mistiaen, Zoe I., Spencer-Dene, Bradley, Stone, Richard K., Boeing, Stefan, Wculek, Stefanie K., Cordero, Julia, Tan, Ee H., Ridgway, Rachel, Brunton, Val G., Sahai, Erik, Gerhardt, Holger, Behrens, Axel, Malanchi, Ilaria, Sansom, Owen J. and Thompson, Barry J. (2016) Integrin signalling regulates YAP and TAZ to control skin homeostasis. Development, 143(10), pp. 1674-1687. ISSN (print) 0950-1991

Fletcher, Georgina C, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Khanal, Ichha, Ribeiro, Paulo S, Tapon, Nic and Thompson, Barry J (2015) The Spectrin cytoskeleton regulates the Hippo signalling pathway. The EMBO Journal, 34(7), pp. 940-954. ISSN (print) 0261-4189

Steed, Emily, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Vacca, Barbara, Dupasquier, Sebastien, Hemkemeyer, Sandra A., Suddason, Tesha, Costa, Ana C., Beaudry, Jean-Bernard, Zihni, Ceniz, Gallagher, Ewen, Pierreux, Christophe E., Balda, Maria S. and Matter, Karl (2014) MarvelD3 couples tight junctions to the MEKK1-JNK pathway to regulate cell behavior and survival. Journal of Cell Biology, 204(5), pp. 821-838. ISSN (print) 0021-9525

Zihni, Ceniz, Munro, Peter M. G., Elbediwy, Ahmed, Keep, Nicholas H., Terry, Stephen J., Harris, John, Balda, Maria S. and Matter, Karl (2014) Dbl3 drives Cdc42 signaling at the apical margin to regulate junction position and apical differentiation. Journal of Cell Biology, 204(1), pp. 111-127. ISSN (print) 0021-9525

Terry, Stephen J., Elbediwy, Ahmed, Zihni, Ceniz, Harris, Andrew R., Bailly, Maryse, Charras, Guillaume T., Balda, Maria S. and Matter, Karl (2012) Stimulation of cortical myosin phosphorylation by p114RhoGEF drives cell migration and tumor cell invasion. PLoS One, 7(11), e50188. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Elbediwy, Ahmed, Zihni, Ceniz, Terry, Stephen J., Clark, Peter, Matter, Karl and Balda, Maria S. (2012) Epithelial junction formation requires confinement of Cdc42 activity by a novel SH3BP1 complex. Journal of Cell Biology, 198(4), pp. 677-693. ISSN (print) 0021-9525

Terry, Stephen J., Zihni, Ceniz, Elbediwy, Ahmed, Vitiello, Elisa, Leefa Chong San, Isabelle V., Balda, Maria S. and Matter, Karl (2011) Spatially restricted activation of RhoA signalling at epithelial junctions by p114RhoGEF drives junction formation and morphogenesis. Nature Cell Biology, 13(2), pp. 159-166. ISSN (print) 1465-7392

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Leadership and management

Leadership Expertise

  • BSc Biological Science Course Leader
  • BSc Biochemistry Course Leader.
  • Admissions tutor BSc Biochemistry.
  • Diversifying Leadership by Advanced HE attendee.
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

External Expertise

  • Newton fellowship grant reviewer.
  • Newton International Fellowship.
  • External Examiner for MSc Biomedical Science at UEL.

University responsibilities

  • EDI member.
  • Athena Swan member.
  • REF 2022 output reviewer.
  • Internal Subject Review and Validation Panel member.
  • Member of the teaching management guide working group.
  • Member of the Academic integrity working group.
  • Academic Mentoring Champion.
  • Nominated for two Alliance awards 2023: The Braveheart Award & The Professionals Award.
  • Nominated for KU People Award.

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