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Research groups

Research Theme

Tumour Microenvironment (Lead Principal Investigator)

Ester Hammond

Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology

  • Principal Investigator at the MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology
  • Director of the Oxford-MRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Research Summary

I investigate how tumours survive in conditions which include low oxygen (hypoxia). The goal is to target the hypoxic parts of tumours to improve cancer therapy.


Ester completed her PhD at the School for Cancer Sciences, University of Birmingham then accepted a post as a postdoctoral fellow within the Molecular Oncology Group at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine before moving to the USA to join the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University, first as a postdoctoral fellow then a research associate.

She joined the Oxford Institute in 2007.


Tiffany Ma, DPhil Student

Athanasios Patsalias, DPhil Student

Cagla Tosun, DPhil Student

Sophie Twigger, DPhil Student

Charlotte Simpson, MRes Student

Hannah Bolland, Postdoctoral Researcher


Natalie Ng, (2016–21), DPhil student - Scientist, Oxford Biomedica, UK

Anna Mandel, (2018-20), MRes student - PhD student, University of Toronto, Canada

Ania Skwarska, (2019-20) Postdoctoral Researcher - Postdoctoral Researcher Medical University of Bialystok, Poland

Elizabeth Bowler, (2019 -20) Postdoctoral Researcher - Postdoctoral Researcher University of Bath

 Ming-Shih Hwang, (2018-19), Postdoctoral Researcher - Postdoctoral Researcher, The Francis Crick Institute

Karen Sayal, (2018-19), Clinical Research Fellow – CRF, University of Oxford

Katarzyna Leszczynska, (2011 – 18), Postdoctoral Researcher, - Postdoctoral Researcher Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Alhasan Al-Habib (2017), MSc Student  - PhD student, Cambridge University, UK

Karin Purshouse (2016-17), ACF  - ACF, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, UK

Greg Dobrynin (2014-17), Postdoctoral Researcher - Senior Scientist, Immunocore Ltd, UK

Iosifina Foskolou (2012-16), DPhil Student  - Postdoctoral Researcher, Cambridge University, UK

Liam O'Connor (2012-16), DPhil Student  - Patent lawyer, UK

Cindy Korner (2010-15), MSc/DPhil Student - Postdoctoral Researcher, Karolinska Institute, Sweden 

Selva Anbalagan (2009-14), MSc/DPhil Student  - Postdoctoral Researcher, ICR, London, UK

Monica Olcina (2009-14), MSc/DPhil Student  - Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University, US

Isabel Pires (2007-12), Postdoctoral Researcher  - Lecturer, University of Hull, UK