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Mr Ilias Kouzoukakis BSc (Hons), MSc

Research Assistant in Particle Toxicology and Redox Biology

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Ilias Kouzoukakis is a Research Assistant in Particle Toxicology and Redox Biology within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Harvesting and exploiting the true potential of our defence mechanisms, the miraculous immune system, is the key to cure multiple diseases, including cancer. Because defence is the best attack.

Ilias studied Human Biology at the University of South Wales. Along with his BSc programme, Ilias worked closely with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education, a government-recognised constitution that safeguards standards and improves the quality of UK higher education.

It was no sooner than the first semester that Ilias discovered his passion for the sciences of Microbiology and Immunology. Driven by his passion and dreams, he secured a place at the University of Nottingham to study MSc in Microbiology and Immunology. Mr. Kouzoukakis graduated with a Distinction from the Russel Group University and received the prestigious Overall Best Performance Award in 2017, having achieved the highest marks in his cohort among many other students. He received additional awards for his cancer cell biology MSc project, which investigated the role of Ran GTPase in malignant melanoma, including best viva voce and best practical skills.  

In August 2018, Ilias received the first prize for his scientific research from Doctors Academy, after he was shortlisted from over 500 entries worldwide and presented his research at the 8th International Academic and Research Excellence conference.

Ilias now works within the remit of Toxicology and Redox Biology and is looking to broaden his horizons in science and discover new ways that can be utilised for the treatment of cancer. Outside of science, Ilias spends his time working for a family-owned business in jewellery and the fascinating world of opulent perfumery.

Key Interests: Immunology, Cancer Immunology, Translational Science, Microbiology, Toxicology.



BSc (Hons), Human Biology, University of South Wales 2013

MSc, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Nottingham 2016


Appointments held

Managing Director – Helisia Jewellery 2017 -

Member of Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 2015-2016

Student Voice Representative  2015-2016

Research interests

Immunology, cancer immunology, microbiology.

Research projects

  • The effect of nano-particles on cellular responses including inflammation, oxidative stress and ferroptosis.
  • Ran GTPase regulates cMet to promote cell motility and it is an independent prognostic marker in malignant melanoma (associated)

Research group

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Affiliate research groups

Cancer Sciences, Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Nottingham

Demonstrating experimental techniques to MSc students.

Mr Ilias Kouzoukakis
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

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