School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Dr Sassan Hafizi
- Qualifications: PhD
- Role Title: Senior Lecturer
- Address: St. Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DT
- Telephone: 023 9284 2665
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
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.
For more information about my research please visit my lab page
Year 1 and 3: Lectures on Cell to Systems unit; Laboratory practicals on receptor pharmacology and genomic analysis
Year 2: Lectures on units: Neuroscience, Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology; Protein Science; Biomedical Toolbox
Year 3: Unit co-ordinator for: Project, Laboratory-Based Work Experience (LBWE); Lectures on Cellular and Molecular Drug Targets unit; Final Year Project supervisor.
Personal Tutor for students on BSc Pharmacology and MPharm programmes.
Interprofessional Learning Facilitator
MSc Biomedicine: Deputy Course Leader for Programme, Unit co-ordinator for Molecular Medicine unit; Lecturer for Scientific Research Methods unit; MSc Project supervisor.
PhD student supervisor
Postgraduate Journal Club leader
Examiner for PhD Major Review and Thesis
Academic lead for Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS) - meetings and events.
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.
IBBS - Research grant
Royal Society - Research grant
MS Society – PhD studentship
Headcase Cancer Trust– PhD studentship
Prof. Oliver Hanemann (Plymouth University) – Role of Gas6-TAM signalling in schwannoma.
Mr. Dae Kim (Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust) – Expression and function of Tensins in thyroid cancer.
Dr Samuel Boateng (University of Reading) – Regulation of the cardiac myocyte cytoskeleton by Tensins under mechanical stress.
Prof. Börje Ljungberg (Umeå University, Sweden) – the role of TAM and Tensin signalling in renal cell carcinoma.
Achievement and Recognition
1999 EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lund University, Sweden
2005 ‘Docent’ (Associate professor) of Lund University, Sweden
2010 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Biochemical Society
Member of the European Association for Cancer Research
Regular reviewer for the several biochemistry and cell biology journals.
Editor of Special Issue on “Receptor Tyrosine Kinases” for the journal Cells (2013).