Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials








Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Darya Kiryushko received a M.Sc. in Biophysics and Bioelectronics from  Dnepropetrovsk State University, and a Ph.D from Copenhagen University in 2005.   She is currently a Research Associate at the Department of Physics.

My research interests include identification of novel mechanisms protecting neurons in brain disorders, design of neuroprotective (nano)compounds, and studying the interaction of neurotoxins with neural cells using bioimaging. More recently, I have been involved in developing of new super-resolution methods to image cell ultrastructure and intracellular drug localization using atomic force/nearfield optical microscopy (AFM/sSNOM).



Morfill C, Pankratova S, Machado P, et al., 2022, Nanostars Carrying Multifunctional Neurotrophic Dendrimers Protect Neurons in Preclinical In Vitro Models of Neurodegenerative Disorders, Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, ISSN:1944-8244

Valente P, Kiryushko D, Sacchetti S, et al., 2020, Conopeptide-Functionalized Nanoparticles Selectively Antagonize Extrasynaptic N-Methyl-D-aspartate Receptors and Protect Hippocampal Neurons from Excitotoxicity In Vitro, Acs Nano, Vol:14, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:6866-6877

Gonzalez Carter D, Goode A, Kiryushko D, et al., 2019, Quantification of blood-brain barrier transport and neuronal toxicity of unlabelled multiwalled carbon nanotubes as a function of surface charge, Nanoscale, Vol:11, ISSN:2040-3364, Pages:22054-22069

Kubankova M, Summers P, Lopez-Duarte I, et al., 2019, Microscopic viscosity of neuronal plasma membranes measured using fluorescent molecular rotors: effects of oxidative stress and neuroprotection., Acs Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol:11, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:36307-36315

Ruenraroengsak P, Kiryushko D, Theodorou IG, et al., 2019, Frizzled-7-targeted delivery of zinc oxide nanoparticles to drug-resistant breast cancer cells, Nanoscale, Vol:11, ISSN:2040-3364, Pages:12858-12870

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