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Maya  Thanou

Professor Maya Thanou

Research interests

  • Pharmacy

Biography

Professor Thanou is based in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s College London and specialises in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology. She finished her PhD in LACDR (Leiden/Amsterdam Centre for Drug Research) in the area of therapeutic peptides for cancer. In 2000 she received the AAPS award for excellence in Graduate Research.

After a short period in Kytogenics Pharmaceuticals, she took her first academic appointment in the School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University as a Lecturer in Polymer Therapeutics and Drug Delivery. In 2004 she was awarded the prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin Royal Society Research Fellowship and she continued research at Imperial College London, within the Department of Chemistry in the area of cancer gene therapy.

She moved to King’s in 2009. In her current role she is focusing in postgraduate teaching and research in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology. She is currently focusing on the chemical design and development of theranostic nanoparticles, de novo design of materials for microwave sensing and hyperthermia, as well as novel nanomaterials for bioimaging (funded by EPSRC, BBSRC MRC, King's Commercialisation Institute, Schlumberger Foundation, Little Princess Trust, FUSfoundation InnovateUK).

Her research can be summarised on engineering image guided drug activation methods, using nanoparticles and medical devices. She collaborates with a number of companies (biotech, medical devices). She is the industry trustee of the British Society for Nanomedicine. She is the main or co-inventor of 10 patents and editor of a RSC book on Theranostics: Image Guided Drug Delivery.

    Research

    Medicines
    Medicines Development

    The Medicines Development Research Group develops novel materials, formulations, drug delivery devices, manufacturing, analytical, and digital technologies.

    OILRIG
    Lipids and Membranes Research Interest Group

    A Lipids and Membranes Research Interest Group

    Events

    18Junint women in engineering day event

    International Women in Engineering Day panel & networking event

    The School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences Gender Equality Working Group is hosting an event to celebrate the work our women engineers at all...

    Features

    Spinning out: Apeikon Therapeutics

    We caught up with Professor Maya Thanou and Dr Maral Amrahli to learn a bit more about Apeikon Therapeutics and their spinout journey at King's.

    Apeikon Therapeutics - hero

      Research

      Medicines
      Medicines Development

      The Medicines Development Research Group develops novel materials, formulations, drug delivery devices, manufacturing, analytical, and digital technologies.

      OILRIG
      Lipids and Membranes Research Interest Group

      A Lipids and Membranes Research Interest Group

      Events

      18Junint women in engineering day event

      International Women in Engineering Day panel & networking event

      The School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences Gender Equality Working Group is hosting an event to celebrate the work our women engineers at all...

      Features

      Spinning out: Apeikon Therapeutics

      We caught up with Professor Maya Thanou and Dr Maral Amrahli to learn a bit more about Apeikon Therapeutics and their spinout journey at King's.

      Apeikon Therapeutics - hero