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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Dr Hossein Ashrafi

School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Associate Professor in Cellular Pathology

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2009 - 2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University London
  • 1994 - 1998 PhD in Cellular Pathology/Cancer Biology - Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow
  • 1983 - 1989 DVM, University of Tehran

Research Interests

1. Association of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is one of the main health problems worldwide, occupying first place in mortality in women. It is well-known that there are risk factors associated with breast cancer development. Nonetheless, in 50 - 80% of cases known risk factors have not been identified, this has generated the attempt to identify new factors related with this neoplasia as viral infections. The aim of this study is to investigate the presence of HPV in patients with breast tumours worldwide and the correlation of the viral infection with prognostic factors for the disease outcome.
This is in collabporation with Dr Giles Davies, Consultant Breast Onco-surgeon Kingston Hospital London, Dr Kulsoom Junejo,Consultan Breast Surgeon, Hamad Medical Corporation group- Qatar, Dr Fahad Al-Mulla, Kuwait University, and Dr Sheila Graham, University of Glasgow.

2. Investigating the role of HPV type 16 E5 on down-regulation of MHC Class I.

3. Association of Varizella-Zoster-Virus (VZV) gene ORF 1 and host immune response. This is in collaboration with Professor Peter Kennedy, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow & Professor Randall Cohrs, University of Colorado Denver, USA

Teaching Area

Cellular Pathology, Tumour Biology, Biology of Disease, Intercellular Communication, Haematology, Cell Biology, Human Physiology, Research Methods, Biotechnology

Other Professional Activity

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

Fellow of Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)- UK

Member of European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP).

Society for General Microbiology (SGM), UK


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