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Aaran graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2020 with a 1st Class BSc(Hons) in Medical Physiology and Therapeutics. His final year undergraduate project was a systematic review where he reviewed the combined effects of robotic training and noninvasive brain stimulation for the neurorehabilitation of stroke patients under the supervision of Dr Louise Hickey within the School of Medicine. Aaran then undertook a Masters of Research degree  in Translational Cancer Medicine at King’s College London where he graduated with a Distinction in September 2021. During his time at King’s, he undertook two 6 month laboratory rotations in molecular oncology and cancer nanomedicine. In his first master’s thesis, Aaran investigated the role of the HGF/MET signaling pathway in relation to radio-resistance in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas with Professor Mahvash Tavassoli. For his second, Aaran was supervised by Dr Maya Thanou in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, where he focused on the development of an in vitro blood-brain-barrier for assessing the effects of phase-shift sonoresponsive nanodroplets for the treatment of glioblastoma. Aaran joined the MRC Toxicology Unit in November 2021 and is applying advanced imaging techniques to investigate the cellular architecture of airway cells with Dr Vito Mennella.

Key Publications:

1. Vijayakumaran, A. and Tavassoli, M., 2021. HGF/MET Signalling and DNA Damage Response: Strategies to Conquer Radiotherapy Resistance in Head and Neck Cancer. Journal of Cellular Signaling, 2(2).

2. Zhang, W., Shi, Y., Abd Shukor, S., Vijayakumaran, A., Vlatakis, S., Wright, M. and Thanou, M., 2022. Phase-shift nanodroplets as an emerging sonoresponsive nanomaterial for imaging and drug delivery applications. Nanoscale, 14(8), pp.2943-2965.

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MRC Toxicology Unit
Gleeson Building
Tennis Court Road


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