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Oxford has made major contributions to our understanding of cancer. The link between smoking and cancer was demonstrated here by Sir Richard Doll and the existence of tumour suppressor genes was demonstrated in cell fusion experiments by Sir Henry Harris. Following substantial investment in the past decade, and the relocation of the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research from London in 2007, Oxford now has one of the highest concentrations of world-class cancer research in the world.  Much of the expansion has occurred at the Old Road Campus, conveniently located near the new NHS Oxford Cancer Centre.

Oxford is rated particularly highly in cancer epidemiology, genome integrity, radiation biology and translational research. There is basic and translational research into environmental risk factors and the molecular genetic basis of cancer, including oncogenes, tumour suppressor genes, genome integrity and repair. The tumour environment has become a major new area of research, and Oxford leads the way in understanding the role of hypoxia, angiogenesis, growth factors, metastasis and stem cells in cancer. Oxford has invested in early phase clinical trials and developing personalized medicine in partnership with Cancer Research UK, and develops radiation treatments in partnership with the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology.

Departments in which cancer research is a major theme include the Departments of Oncology and Biochemistry, the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology and the Nuffield Departments of: Clinical Medicine; Clinical Laboratory Sciences; Surgical Sciences; Primary Care Health Sciences; and Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences.

Cancer research is also performed in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine and at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

Some supervisors working in this theme are not included here as they are not in the Medical Sciences Division. They can be found in the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Zoology

The Oxford Cancer Research Centre awards a number of generous 4 year DPhil studentships every year, funded by Cancer Research UK. All applicants applying on a cancer-related project, across all departments, will automatically be considered for these studentships and can explicitly request that they be considered when they make their application.  These prestigious studentships will be awarded to the highest calibre applicants from across all relevant Departments.


The Centre also awards 2 Clinical Research Fellowships each year, available for clinicians wishing to undertake a DPhil and provides MSc bursaries for clinicians and allied health professionals to undertake a MSc at Oxford.

Supervisors in Cancer


Aziz Aboobaker

Professor of Comparative and Functional Genomics,Tutorial Fellow, and Dean of ...

Naomi Allen

Professor in Epidemiology

Colin Baigent

Professor of Epidemiology and Director, MRC PHRU

Clare Bankhead

Associate Professor

Esther Becker

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Valerie Beral

Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology

Sarah Blagden

Associate Professor of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics

Jacqueline Boultwood

Professor of Molecular Haematology

Chas Bountra

Neil Brockdorff

Professor of Biochemistry and Wellcome Principle Research Fellow

Tom Brown

Francesca Buffa

Computational Biology and Integrative Genomics

Pedro Carvalho

EP Abraham Professor of Cell Biology

Vincenzo Cerundolo

Professor of Immunology

Ross Chapman

Associate Professor, CRUK CDF, Lister Fellow & EMBO Young Investigator

Zhengming Chen

Professor of Epidemiology and Director of China Programmes

David Clynes

Group Leader

Mark Coles

Kennedy Trust Senior Research Fellow

Jonathan Cook

Associate Professor

Lynne Cox

Associate Professor

David Cutter

Clinical Research Fellow (CTSU) and Consultant Clinical Oncologist (Oxford ...

Vincenzo D'Angiolella

Junior Group Leader

Sarah Darby

Professor of Medical Statistics

Lucy Dorrell

James Dunford

Senior Research Associate

Omer Dushek

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Terry Dwyer

Professor of Epidemiology, The George Institute UK

Lars E.T. Jansen

Wellcome Senior Research Fellow

Alistair Easton

Senior Clinical Researcher

Claire Edwards

Associate Professor of Bone Oncology

James Edwards

Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow

Paul Fairchild

Ben Fairfax

Consultant in Medical Oncology

Panagis Filippakopoulos

Fiona Powrie FRS

Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Director of the Kennedy Institute

Andre Furger

Associate Professor

Amato Giaccia

Director, Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology

Ian Gibbs-Seymour

CRUK Career Development Fellow

Fergus Gleeson

Professor of Radiology

Maike Glitsch

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Deborah Goberdhan

Associate Professor of Cell Signalling

Anne Goriely

Associate Professor of Human Genetics

Jane Green

Professor of Epidemiology

Ulrike Gruneberg

MRC Senior Research Fellow

Mads Gyrd-Hansen

Nina Hallowell

Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Population Health

Freddie Hamdy

Head of Department

Ester Hammond

Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology

Penny Handford

Professor of Biochemistry

Maria Harkiolaki

Principal Beamline Scientist

Frank Van Den Heuvel

Associate Professor

Geoffrey Higgins

Associate Professor

Michael Holmes

Associate Professor

Mark Howarth

Professor of Protein Nanotechnology

Tim Humphrey

Senior Group Leader

Yoshi Itoh

Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Cell Migration Group

David Jackson

Professor of Human Immunology

Aarti Jagannath

Associate Professor

Shisong Jiang

Group Leader

Fredrik Karpe

Professor of Metabolic Medicine

Rachel Kerr

Medical Oncologist

Tim Key

Professor of Epidemiology & Deputy Director, CEU

Anne Kiltie

Professor of Experimental Clinical Oncology

Rob Klose

Professor of Genetics

Anjali Kusumbe

Principal Investigator

Nick La Thangue

Professor of Cancer Biology

Nick Lakin

Professor of Molecular Cell Biology

Michael Lay

Head of Project Information Science

Simon Lord

Senior Clinical Researcher

Tim Maughan

Professor of Clinical Oncology

Paul McGale

Medical Statistician

Adam Mead

Professor of Haematology

Mark Middleton

Head, Department of Oncology

Kim Midwood

Professor of Matrix Biology

Thomas Milne

Associate Professor of Haematology

Edward Morrissey

MRC WIMM Group Leader

Kim Nasmyth

Whitley Professor of Biochemistry

Claus Nerlov

Professor of Stem Cell Biology

Bela Novak

Professor of Integrative Systems Biology

Eric O'Neill

Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

Udo Oppermann

Professor of Molecular Biology

Eileen Parkes

Clinical Career Development Fellow

Max Parkin

Siim Pauklin

CRUK Career development fellow

Catherine Pears

Associate Professor

Andrea Pellagatti

University Research Lecturer

Rafael Perera

Director Medical Statistics

Kristoffer Petersson

Group leader - FLASH Radiation

Francesco Pezzella

Professor of Tumour Pathology

Martin Philpott

Senior Research Associate

Barry V L Potter

Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

Aurora Pérez-Cornago

Senior Nutritional Epidemiologist

Peter Ratcliffe

Gill Reeves

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology and Director, CEU

Irene Roberts

Professor of Paediatric Haematology

Anindita Roy

Associate Professor of Paediatric Haematology

Angela Russell

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Anderson Ryan

Senior Group Leader

Tatjana Sauka-Spengler

Associate Professor of Genome Biology

Elena Seiradake

Associate Professor & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Len Seymour

Professor of Gene Therapies

Michael Sharpe

Professor of Psychological Medicine

Nicola Sibson

Professor of Imaging Neuroscience

Siân Sweetland

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist

Pawel Swietach

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology

Francis Szele

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology

Denis Talbot

Professor of Cancer Medicine & Consultant in Medical Oncology

Madalena Tarsounas

Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology

Carolyn Taylor

Associate Professor, Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Oncologist

Helen Townley

University Research Lecturer

Ruth Travis

Associate Professor and Senior Molecular Epidemiologist

John Vakonakis

Associate Professor

Katherine Vallis

Professor of Radiotherapeutics and Radioimaging

Anton van der Merwe

Lidia Vasilieva

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, group leader

Natalie Voets

University Research Lecturer

Boris Vojnovic

Professor of Biophysics

Paresh Vyas

Professor of Haematology

Matthew Whitby

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Robert Wilkins

Associate Professor of Epithelial Physiology

Suzannah Williams

Principal Investigator/Research Group Leader; Lead of Ovarian Research for the ...

Clive Wilson

Professor of Cell and Developmental Genetics

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience

Mark Woodward

Professor of Statistics and Epidemiology

Alison Woollard

Associate Professor

Lucy Wright

Senior Epidemiologist, Unit of Health Care Epidemiology

Ling Yang

Senior Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

Owen Yang

Epidemiologist

Manuela Zaccolo

Deputy Head of Department

Nicole Zitzmann

Professor of Virology & Director of Glycobiology Inst