Dr Surinder Sahota BSc (Hons), PhD
Reader in Immunogenetics
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Dr Surinder Sahota is Reader in Immunogenetics within Medicine at the University of Southampton, and was appointed to this position in 2006. In the Faculty, Dr Sahota is a Principal Investigator in the Cancer Sciences Academic Unit. He is best known for exploiting immunogenetic imprints in the tumour genome to define clonal origins of the B-cell neoplasm multiple myeloma (MM), and its benign precursor disease monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS).
Dr Sahota has utilised this and other molecular and cellular immunological approaches to author more than 70 journal articles in defining tumour origins and behaviour in B-cell malignancy.
He is also Co-ordinator and work-package leader for large EU-wide networks of investigators probing MM and lymphoma disease, and has led or jointly led a number of bids under the FP6, FP7 and more recently the H2020 programmes to seek funding from the European Commission. Successfully funded networks have included MSCNET (FP6; Euro 3 million) and OVER-MyR (FP7; Euro 3 million), both investigating MM disease. Dr Sahota also peer-reviews for many of the leading national and international cancer grant funding bodies, including in the EU and USA. In 2015, Dr Sahota joined the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM) Foundation (USA). In the UK, he is a member of the WMUK Doctors Forum Advisory Committee and of the WM GECIP on the Genome England 100,000 Genomes Project. Previously he was a member of the national UK Myeloma Forum Scientific Committee. Dr Sahota has also been a member of the Advisory Scientific Boards of International Workshops on MM and WM, and is advisor to national biotech boards delivering conferences on Applications of Next Generation DNA Sequencing in Cancer.
BSc (Hons), Biochemistry, University of London 1977
PhD, University of London 1984
Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, St. George’s Hospital Medical School / Department of Medical Oncology, Charing Cross & Westminster Hospital Medical School, University of London
Postdoctoral Fellow / Senior Research Fellow / LRF Senior Scientist, Cancer Sciences Division, School of Medicine, University of Southampton
Reader, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton 2006 –