Group Leader: Kostas Kostarelos

Kostas Kostarelos

Severo Ochoa Distinguished Professor and Group Leader

Group Leader

Kostas read Chemistry at the University of Leeds and obtained his Diploma in Chemical Engineering and PhD from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, studying the steric stabilization of liposomes using block copolymer molecules.

He carried out his postdoctoral training in various medical institutions in the USA (UCSF, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell). Following his promotion to Assistant Professor of Genetic Medicine and Chemical Engineering in Medicine at Cornell University Weill Medical College, he relocated to the UK as the Deputy Director of Imperial College Genetic Therapies Centre in 2002. In 2007 Kostas was awarded the first personal Chair of Nanomedicine in the UK and was Head of the Centre for Drug Delivery at the UCL School of Pharmacy in London. The whole Nanomedicine Lab was recruited by the University of Manchester in 2013, while Kostarelos also maintained an Honorary Professorship with University College London.

Currently, Kostas is Professor and Chair of Nanomedicine at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, and the Nanomedicine Lab a component of the National Graphene Institute and the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, all at the University of Manchester. Kostas has been invited to Fellowships with the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Medicine and Royal Society of Arts, all in the UK. He was awarded the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Professorial Fellowship in 2010.

In 2019 he joined the ICN2 as the Severo Ochoa Distinguished Professor and Group Leader, while retaining his appointments and research team at the University of Manchester.



  • Banning carbon nanotubes would be scientifically unjustified and damaging to innovation

    Heller D.A., Jena P.V., Pasquali M., Kostarelos K., Delogu L.G., Meidl R.E., Rotkin S.V., Scheinberg D.A., Schwartz R.E., Terrones M., Wang Y.H., Bianco A., Boghossian A.A., Cambré S., Cognet L., Corrie S.R., Demokritou P., Giordani S., Hertel T., Ignatova T., Islam M.F., Iverson N.M., Jagota A., Janas D., Kono J., Kruss S., Landry M.P., Li Y., Martel R., Maruyama S., Naumov A.V., Prato M., Quinn S.J., Roxbury D., Strano M.S., Tour J.M., Weisman R.B., Wenseleers W., Yudasaka M. Nature Nanotechnology; 15 (3): 164 - 166. 2020. 10.1038/s41565-020-0656-y. IF: 33.407

  • Grouping all carbon nanotubes into a single substance category is scientifically unjustified

    Fadeel B., Kostarelos K. Nature Nanotechnology; 15 (3): 164. 2020. 10.1038/s41565-020-0654-0. IF: 33.407

  • Nano-scavengers for blood biomarker discovery in ovarian carcinoma

    Hadjidemetriou M., Papafilippou L., Unwin R.D., Rogan J., Clamp A., Kostarelos K. Nano Today; 34 (100901) 2020. 10.1016/j.nantod.2020.100901. IF: 16.907

  • Nanoscale nights of COVID-19

    Kostarelos K. Nature Nanotechnology; 15 (5): 343 - 344. 2020. 10.1038/s41565-020-0687-4. IF: 33.407

  • Production and processing of graphene and related materials

    Backes C., Abdelkader A.M., Alonso C., Andrieux-Ledier A., Arenal R., Azpeitia J., Balakrishnan N., Banszerus L., Barjon J., Bartali R., Bellani S., Berger C., Berger R., Ortega M.M.B., Bernard C., Beton P.H., Beyer A., Bianco A., Bøggild P., Bonaccorso F., Barin G.B., Botas C., Bueno R.A., Carriazo D., Castellanos-Gomez A., Christian M., Ciesielski A., Ciuk T., Cole M.T., Coleman J., Coletti C., Crema L., Cun H., Dasler D., De Fazio D., Díez N., Drieschner S., Duesberg G.S., Fasel R., Feng X., Fina A., Forti S., Galiotis C., Garberoglio G., García J.M., Garrido J.A., Gibertini M., Gölzhäuser A., Gómez J., Greber T., Hauke F., Hemmi A., Hernandez-Rodriguez I., Hirsch A., Hodge S.A., Huttel Y., Jepsen P.U., Jimenez I., Kaiser U., Kaplas T., Kim H., Kis A., Papagelis K., Kostarelos K., Krajewska A., Lee K., Li C., Lipsanen H., Liscio A., Lohe M.R., Loiseau A., Lombardi L., López M.F., Martin O., Martín C., Martínez L., Martin-Gago J.A., Martínez J.I., Marzari N., Mayoral A., McManus J., Melucci M., Méndez J., Merino C., Merino P., Meyer A.P., Miniussi E., Miseikis V., Mishra N., Morandi V., Munuera C., Muñoz R., Nolan H., Ortolani L., Ott A.K., Palacio I., Palermo V., Parthenios J., Paste 2D Materials; 7 (2, 022001) 2020. 10.1088/2053-1583/ab1e0a. IF: 7.343

  • Protein corona fingerprinting to differentiate sepsis from non-infectious systemic inflammation

    Papafilippou L., Claxton A., Dark P., Kostarelos K., Hadjidemetriou M. Nanoscale; 12 (18): 10240 - 10253. 2020. 10.1039/d0nr02788j. IF: 6.970

  • Size-Dependent Pulmonary Impact of Thin Graphene Oxide Sheets in Mice: Toward Safe-by-Design

    Rodrigues A.F., Newman L., Jasim D., Mukherjee S.P., Wang J., Vacchi I.A., Ménard-Moyon C., Bianco A., Fadeel B., Kostarelos K., Bussy C. Advanced Science; 7 (12, 1903200) 2020. 10.1002/advs.201903200. IF: 15.804

  • Stable, concentrated, biocompatible, and defect-free graphene dispersions with positive charge

    Shin Y., Vranic S., Just-Baringo X., Gali S.M., Kisby T., Chen Y., Gkoutzidou A., Prestat E., Beljonne D., Larrosa I., Kostarelos K., Casiraghi C. Nanoscale; 12 (23): 12383 - 12394. 2020. 10.1039/d0nr02689a. IF: 6.895




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