Dr Nick Kassouf is the Technical Tutor for Biomedical Science within the Department of Natural Sciences, since 2015.
He completed his PhD in oral oncology and apoptosis at Queen Mary, University of London in 2005 and soon after worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Cardiovascular Division at King's College London, investigating human platelet signalling pathways.
Following this position he took up the post of post-doctoral research associate at Imperial College London in 2008 working on a EU FP7 collaborative funded project to elucidate the role of KAI1, a metastasis suppressor and dependence receptor, in various cancer cell lines.
In 2010, Nick took up a post-doctoral research scientist position at The RAFT Institute working on a CRUK project involved in investigating the free radical-induced damage caused by UVA irradiation in melanomas and melanocyte cells with varying melanin content and DNA repair proteins.
In 2013 Nick became a senior research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire investigating skin dermal absorption and mass decontamination studies.
BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCertHE
English, Arabic, French (basic)
Nick is currently teaching on the Biomedical Foundation course as well as Biology/Biomedical undergraduate courses:
My main research interests are as follows:
Kassouf, Nick and Kay, Christopher W. M. and Volkov, Arsen and Chiang, Shih-Chieh and Birch-Machin, Mark A. and El-Khamisy, Sherif F. and Haywood, Rachel (2018) UVA-induced carbon-centered radicals in lightly pigmented cells detected using ESR spectroscopy. Free Radical Biology and Medicine . ISSN 0891-5849 (Accepted/In press)
Chiang, Shih-Chieh and Meagher, Martin and Kassouf, Nick and Hafezparast, Majid and McKinnon, Peter and Haywood, Rachel and El-Khamisy, Sherif (2017) Mitochondrial protein-linked DNA breaks perturb mitochondrial gene transcription and trigger free radical-induced DNA damage. Science Advances, 3 (4). ISSN 2375-2548
Kassouf, Nick and Syed, Sara and Larner, Joanne and Amlot, Richard and Chilcott, Robert (2017) Evaluation of absorbent materials for use as ad hoc dry decontaminants during mass casualty incidents as part of the UK's Initial Operational Response (IOR). PLoS One . ISSN 1932-6203
Haywood, Rachel and Andrady, Carima and Kassouf, Nick and Sheppard, Nick (2011) Intensity-dependent direct solar radiation- and UVA-induced radical damage to human skin and DNA, lipids and proteins. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 87 (1). pp. 117-130. ISSN 0031-8655
Kassouf, Nick and Ambily, Archana and Watson, Stephanie and Hassock, Sheila and Authi, Harmeet S. and Srivastava, Salil and Watson, Steve P. and Authi, Kalwant S. (2015) Phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate stimulates Ca2+ elevation and Akt phosphorylation to constitute a major mechanism of thromboxane A2 formation in human platelets. Cellular Signalling, 27 (7). pp. 1488-1498. ISSN 0898-6568