Cancer Research Group (CRG)

Welcome to the webpage of the Kingston University Cancer Research group, a diverse group that brings together cancer researchers from across the University including workers in the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Computing and Health and Social Care Sciences.

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.

Our research is focused into three main themes, namely:

  1. Cancer biology, pathophysiology and prevention
    Helmout Modjtahedi, Hossein Ashrafi, Mark Carew, Alan Seddon, Athina-Mytro Chioni
  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


Core MembersAssociate Members
Hossein Ashrafi (Life Sciences)Raid Alany (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Mark CarewJames Barker (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Athina-Myrto Chioni (Life Sciences)John Brown (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Helmout Modjtahedi (Life Sciences)Gianpiero Calabrese (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Elizabeth Opara (Life Sciences)Jamshid Dehmeshki (Computing)
Alan Seddon (Life Sciences)Geraldine Francis
Research Students Julie Hendry
Hilda Akinrinade (MRes, Life Sciences)Natasha Hill (Life Sciences)
Gustavo A Arias Pinilla (PhD, Life Sciences)Yee P Ho (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Samer Bazzi (PhD, Life Sciences)Andreas Hoppe (Computing)
Esha chakravartyesha (PhD, Life Sciences)Andrew P Jewell
Rajiv Dhunnoo (PhD, Life Sciences)Lucy Jones (SEC)
Andrius Jaksevicius (PhD, Life Sciences)Reem Kayyali (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Arshia Ghanbari (PhD, Life Sciences)Hisham Morsi
Loryn Haliday (PhD, Life Sciences)Shereen Nabhani (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Farshad Heidari (PhD, Life Sciences)Declan Naughton (Life Sciences)
Nico Lambri (PhD, Life Sciences)Nigel Page (Life Sciences)
Wesam W Mustafa (PhD, Pharmacy and Chemistry)Elena Polycarpou(Life Science)
Soozana Puvanenthiran (PhD, Life Sciences)Imran Shahid (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Racha Sabbagh Dit Hawasli (PhD, Pharmacy and Chemistry)Elizabeth Tyrrell (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Dahlia H Salman (PhD, Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Nadia Aziz Salman (PhD, Life Sciences)
Postdoctoral Fellows
Sumaira Ali (Visiting Fellow)
Nikolaos Ioannou (Visiting Fellow)
Said A Khelwatty (Life Science)

If you wish to contact the group please email Helmout Modjtahedi


Dissecting drug resistance in kinase driven cancers – 26 February

Speaker: Dr Richard Grose, Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology Barts Cancer Institute – a CR-UK Centre …

Presentation for the Cancer Research Group – 22 January 2016

Our first Cancer Study Group meeting in this academic year will take place on Friday 22 …

Recent advances in the management of gliomas – Friday 7th August 2015

On behalf of Caner Theme/Cancer Study group you are invited to attend our next Cancer Study …

IgE Immunotherapy of cancer – Seminar 23 January

On behalf of Caner Theme, you are invited to attend our next Cancer Study Group Seminar …

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
  • 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