Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Research Associate



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Iva Diakonov is a Research Associate in the Functional Microscopy group, National Heart and Lung Institute.

Dr Ivan Diakonov  graduated from Leningrad State University, now  in St Petersburg , Russia. His interest is in cellular responses to the environment in particular when cells are placed in three-dimensional matrix. He obtained his PhD in the Institute of Cytology, St Petersburg, Russia. His work then was related to immobilisation of various cells in polysaccharides and how it changes their behaviour.

His later career was in tissue engineering. He worked on the development of a bioartificial liver assist device, pancreatic endocrine tissue, skin grafting for the treatment of burns . Most recently he took part in the development of a bioartificial tooth replacement implant .

He joined the Functional Microscopy group in his current position to provide skills in stem cells and molecular biology.



Hasan A, Mohammadi N, Nawaz A, et al., 2020, Age-dependent maturation of iPSC-CMs leads to the enhanced compartmentation of beta(2)AR-cAMP signalling, Cells, Vol:9, ISSN:2073-4409

Ramuz M, Hasan A, Gruscheski L, et al., 2019, A software tool for high-throughput real-time measurement of intensity-based ratio-metric FRET, Cells, Vol:8, ISSN:2073-4409

Ali T, Bednarska J, Vassilopoulos S, et al., 2019, Correlative SICM-FCM reveals changes in morphology and kinetics of endocytic pits induced by disease-associated mutations in dynamin, The Faseb Journal, Vol:33, ISSN:0892-6638, Pages:8504-8518

Diakonov I, Gorelik J, Swift T, et al., 2018, Bile acids and their respective conjugates elicit different responses in neonatal cardiomyocytes: role of Gi protein, muscarinic receptors and TGR5., Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322

Wright PT, Bhogal N, Diakonov I, et al., 2018, Cardiomyocyte membrane structure and cAMP compartmentation produce anatomical variation in β2AR-cAMP responsiveness in murine hearts, Cell Reports, Vol:23, ISSN:2211-1247, Pages:459-469

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