Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Honorary Research Associate



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Dr Christos Rossios is a Research Associate in the Molecular Cell Biology Group within the Airway Disease Section of the National Heart and Lung Institute. He also holds an horonary research position at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust.

Christos studied Biochemistry/Microbiology as an undergraduate at Queen Mary, University of London. He then he undertook an MSc in Molecular Life Sciences Research at King’s College London. Following the completion of his MSc he remained at King’s College London as a research assistant in Dr. Malik’s Diabetes Research Group. During his time at King’s College London, he has been interested in candidate diabetes-associated kidney genes and their involvement in diabetic nephropathy. 

In 2005, Christos joined the National Heart and Lung Institute as an academic visitor in Dr. Kazuhiro Ito’s research group where he investigated the regulation of SIRT1 expression and activity under oxidative stress. In the same year he enrolled for a PhD programme under the supervision of Dr. Kazuhiro Ito, studying the effect of combination therapy of a long-acting β2 agonist and a corticosteroid in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), taking a molecular and pharmacological approach.

Following the completion of his PhD studies, Christos joined Prof. Ian Adcock’s group as a research associate. He is part of U-BIOPRED, a 39 international partner IMI consortium, concerned with the discovery of unbiased biomarkers for the prediction of respiratory diseases, especially severe asthma. Christos is particularly interested in the effect of several innate immune response mediators on inflammation and corticosteroid sensitivity in airway smooth muscle cells and primary epithelial cells isolated from endobronchial biopsies or bronchial brushings, respectively.   

The main focus of Christos’s research lies within the innate immune response and the role of corticosteroid function in severe asthma. Christos has presented his work at several international meetings and in peer-reviewed journals.



Hoda U, Pavlidis S, Bansal AT, et al., 2022, Clinical and transcriptomic features of persistent exacerbation-prone severe asthma in U-BIOPRED cohort, Clinical and Translational Medicine, Vol:12, ISSN:2001-1326

Paschalaki K, Rossios C, Pericleous C, et al., 2022, Inhaled corticosteroids reduce senescence in endothelial progenitor cells from COPD patients, Thorax, ISSN:0040-6376

Kermani NZ, Song W-J, Badi Y, et al., 2021, Correction to: Sputum ACE2, TMPRSS2 and FURIN gene expression in severe neutrophilic asthma., Respiratory Research, Vol:22, ISSN:1465-9921, Pages:1-3

Kermani N, Song W-J, Badi Y, et al., 2021, Sputum ACE2, TMPRSS2 and FURIN gene expression in severe neutrophilic asthma, Respiratory Research, Vol:22, ISSN:1465-9921

Adcock I, Alderawi A, Caramori G, et al., 2020, FN3K expression in COPD: A potential comorbidity factor for cardiovascular disease, Bmj Open Respiratory Research, Vol:7, ISSN:2052-4439

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