Dr Sassan Hafizi
Reader in Cell and Molecular Biology
I graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London in 1992. In 1999, I completed a PhD thesis on vasoconstrictors and human vascular smooth muscle at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, under the supervision of Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub. In late 1999, I secured an EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lund University, Sweden, working with Prof. Björn Dahlbäck on the Gas6-TAM system and cell biology. I then continued my research work under higher postdoctoral fellowships and as an independent investigator, until I took up the Senior Lectureship in Pharmacology at Portsmouth in 2009. I was promoted to Reader in Cell and Molecular Biology in September 2017.
For more information about my research please visit my lab page
1) The Gas6-TAM ligand-receptor system and its role in normal and pathophysiological cell biology, including cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS).
2) Intracellular signalling via the Tensin family proteins in normal and cancer cell biology.
Full-time project supervision: PhD studentship projects, ERASMUS internship students (mostly from University of Furtwangen, Germany), Brazilian undergraduate student visiting under “Science without Borders” scheme; undergraduate Pharmacology summer bursary students.
Leader of Cellular Signalling Group within Cell Biology and Pharmacology Division of Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS)