Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Research Associate



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Desk 8Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Akif is a post-doctoral research associate in the Molecular Medicine section of the National Heart and Lung Institute. Akif studied Biochemistry at University College London (UCL) before moving to Imperial College London to complete an MSc in Immunology. He conducted his PhD research between the Centre for Rheumatology and the Centre for Inflammation and Tissue Repair at UCL, where he examined the role of neutrophils in autoimmune rheumatic disease. Upon completion of his PhD in 2016, Akif continued work at UCL where he examined how endothelial-neutrophil interactions modulate IgG-mediated neutrophil activation. Akif joined Dr Michael Emerson’s Platelet Biology Group in October 2017, where he investigates the impact of antiretroviral therapies upon endothelial function and how this may impact platelet activation.



Taylor KA, Smyth E, Rauzi F, et al., 2019, Pharmacological impact of antiretroviral therapy on platelet function to investigate HIV-associated cardiovascular risk, British Journal of Pharmacology, Vol:176, ISSN:0007-1188, Pages:879-889

Khawaja AA, Pericleous C, Ripoll VM, et al., 2019, Autoimmune rheumatic disease IgG has differential effects upon neutrophil integrin activation that is modulated by the endothelium, Scientific Reports, Vol:9, ISSN:2045-2322

Dos Santos Brilha S, Chong D, Khawaja A, et al., 2018, Integrin α2β1 expression regulates matrix metalloproteinase-1-dependent bronchial epithelial repair in pulmonary tuberculosis, Frontiers in Immunology, Vol:9, ISSN:1664-3224

Cambridge G, Moura RA, Santos T, et al., 2014, Expression of the Inherently Autoreactive Idiotope 9G4 on Autoantibodies to Citrullinated Peptides and on Rheumatoid Factors in Patients with Early and Established Rheumatoid Arthritis, Plos One, Vol:9, Pages:e107513-e107513

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