Michael Kyriakides

Favourite Thing: In my opinion being a scientist is about discovering something new and sharing it with the world. It is also very exciting to attempt an experiment that hasn’t ever been done before, even if it fails!



1998 – 2005: The English School of Nicosia (Cyprus) / 2007 – 2014: Imperial College London (UK)


BSc in Biochemistry, Master’s in Biomedical Research, Doctorate in Clinical Chemistry

Work History:

2014 – present: Imperial College London

Current Job:

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy project manager


Imperial College London

Me and my work

I am curious person whose research is focused on the understanding and detection of important diseases such as cancer or infections.

My dream of becoming a scientist came to life after studying biology and chemistry at high school. My early studies at university were primarily focused on biochemistry (how the cells in our bodies work) and then i did a doctorate degree in clinical chemistry and toxicology.
Currently i am working in the department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London which has people of many different specialties and backgrounds (including scientists and surgeons). This is very important because we can all learn from each other and work together to make important new discoveries. An example of such discovery is the i-knife.

My main research is focused on improving our understanding of important diseases such as cancer or liver failure and to identify early prognostic markers of disease. My area of expertise is the application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to perform these investigations.

My Typical Day

The only predictable thing about a typical day at work is the time at which i arrive!

I usually arrive at work nice and early in order to start planning my day when nobody is around. I typically aim to spend a few hours performing experiments on the instruments and then analyse the results on my computer. I like working on the instruments so i try to spend as much time there as possible. I also frequently help other fellow scientists or students with their experiments and analysis.

What I'd do with the money

Use it to organise outreach events to showcase medical research.

I believe that outreach events are a great way to engage with younger students and to show them what university research is all about. With some proper funding we can invest in good demonstration material and arrange events in the laboratories of Imperial College London, as well as visits to secondary schools.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Ambitious, confident and hard working.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Red Hot Chili Peppers

What's your favourite food?

Pizza of course!

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Snowmobiling on a glacier in Iceland!

What did you want to be after you left school?


Were you ever in trouble at school?

A few times!

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I don’t have a best moment but a successful experiment is always very fulfilling.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

The opportunity to discover something new.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?


If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1) Be more patient, 2) Have more free time, 3) Travel around the world

Tell us a joke.

If it’s green or wriggles, it’s biology. If it stinks, it’s chemistry. If it doesn’t work, it’s physics.

Other stuff

Work photos:

Sir Alexander Fleming Building at night



Laboratory 1



Laboratory 2 at St. Mary’s Hospital



Use of i-knife from a surgeon