Professor Constantin CoussiosBack to People

Subjects: Engineering Science
Department: Engineering Science
College appointment: Professorial Fellow
Phone: 01865 617727


Constantin Coussios is the Director of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering. He received his BA, MEng and PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, was a tutorial fellow in engineering at Magdalen between 2004 and 2010 and was elected to the first statutory chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford in 2011, with special responsibility for drug delivery and therapeutic devices. He founded and heads the Biomedical Ultrasonics, Biotherapy and Biopharmaceuticals Laboratory (BUBBL), a research group of 4 faculty and some 45 researchers working on a wide array of therapeutic applications. He is also recently launched and serves as the Director of the Oxford Centre for Drug Delivery Devices (OxCD3: www.drugdelivery.org ) established in 2014 and supported by a national programme grant from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in collaboration with the pharmaceutical and medical device industry to improve drug delivery to tumours.

Prof. Coussios received the UK’s Institute of Acoustics’ Young Person’s Award for Innovation in Acoustical Engineering in 2007, was elected as Secretary-General of the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound between 2006-2010 and was honoured with the Society’s Fred Lizzi award in 2012. He was elected as the youngest ever Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2009, and received the Society’s Bruce Lindsay award in 2012. In 2008, he was one of two academic founders of the Oxford University spin-out OrganOx Ltd., which has developed a novel normothermic perfusion device for improved liver and kidney preservation prior to transplantation through to first-in-man trials and first sales. In 2014, he co-founded OxSonics Ltd, which is developing a new generation of ultrasound-based medical devices for drug delivery and minimally invasive surgery.  In 2016, he co-founded OrthoSon Ltd., which is developing a new minimally invasive technique for repair and replacement of the intervertebral disc. In 2017, he was awarded Silver Medal of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the translation of novel medical technologies into clinical practice.

Research Interests

Biomedical applications of acoustics, fluid mechanics and control; Therapeutic ultrasound, for example the use of High-Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU) for non-invasive cancer therapy, and the use of ultrasound for targeted drug and gene delivery; transdermal drug delivery and methods of monitoring drug particle distribution and dissolution; Normothermic isolated organ perfusion for targeted drug and gene delivery, as well as organ preservation and repair prior to transplantation.

Selected Publications

Lyon, M.D. Gray, C. Mannaris, L. K. Folkes, M. Stratford, L. Campo, D.Y.F. Chung, S. Scott, M. Anderson, R. Goldin, R. Carlisle, F. Wu, M.R. Middleton, F.V. Gleeson and C-.C. Coussios,TARDOX: A Phase I trial Investigating the Safety and Feasibility of Ultrasound-Triggered Targeted Drug Delivery in Liver Tumours”, Lancet Oncology 19(8): 1027-1039 (2018).

Nasralla, C-.C. Coussios, H. Mergental, M. Z. Akhtar, A. J. Butler, C.D.L. Ceresa, V. Chiocchia, S. J. Dutton, J. C. García-Valdecasas, N. Heaton, C. Imber, W. Jassem, I. Jochmans, J. Karani, S.R. Knight, P. Kocabayoglu, M. Malagò, D. Mirza, P.J. Morris, A. Pallan, A. Paul, M. Pavel, M.T. P.R. Perera, J. Pirenne, R. Ravikumar, L. Russell, S. Upponi, C. J.E. Watson, A. Weissenbacher, R.J. Ploeg, P.J. Friend, “A Randomized Trial of Normothermic Preservation in Liver Transplantation”, Nature 557: 50–56 (2018).

Ravikumar, W. Jassem, H. Mergental, N. Heaton, D. Mirza, T. Perera, A. Quaglia, D. Holroyd, T. Vogel, C.-C Coussios and P.J. Friend, “Liver Transplantation After Ex Vivo Normothermic Machine Preservation: a Phase 1 (First-in-Man) Cinical Trial”, Am. J. Transplant.  16(6):1779-87 (2016).

 J.J. Kwan, R. Myers, C.M. Coviello, S.M. Graham, A.R. Shah, E. Stride, R.C. Carlisle and C.-C. Coussios, “Ultrasound-Propelled Nanocups for Drug Delivery”, Small 11: 5305-5314 (2015)

Mo. R. Carlisle, R. Laga, R. Myers, S. Graham, R. Cawood, K. Ulbrich L. Seymour and C.-C. Coussios, “Increasing the density of nanomedicines improves their ultrasound-mediated delivery to tumours“, J. Controlled Release 210: 10-18 (2015) {Jorge Heller J. Controlled Release Outstanding Paper Award}

Carlisle, J. Choi, M. Bazan-Peregrino, R. Laga, V. Subr, L. Kotska, K. Ubrich, and C.-C. Coussios and L.W. Seymour, “Polymer Stealthing and Focused Ultrasound to Enable Tumor Accumulation and Penetration of Virotherapy”, J. Nat. Cancer Inst. 105(22): 1701–1710 (2013).

Mo, C.-C. Coussios, L. Seymour and R. Carlisle,  “Ultrasound-Enhanced Drug Delivery for Cancer”, Expert Opinion on  Drug Delivery 9(12): 15125-1538 (2012).

Jensen, R. Ritchie, M. Gyongy, J.R.T. Collin, T. Leslie and C.-C. Coussios, “Spatio-Temporal Monitoring of HIFU Therapy by Passive Acoustic Mapping”, Radiology 262(1): 252-261 (2012).

Gyongy and C.-C. Coussios, ‘Passive Spatial Mapping of Inertial Cavitation during HIFU Exposure”, IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng. 57(1):48-56 (2010).

C.-C. Coussios and R.A. Roy, ‘Applications of Acoustics and Cavitation to Non-Invasive Therapy and Drug Delivery’, Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics 40: 395-420 (2008).