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Academic Unit: Cancer Sciences Academic Unit

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Cancer research at the University of Southampton ranges from basic cellular and molecular biology right through to the epidemiology of service provision.  Major strengths include basic and translational immunology and tumour survival in lymphoma and solid tumours. 

Academic Unit Overview

Cell of a brain tumor
Cell of a brain tumor

The University has a long-established relationship with Cancer Research UK (CR UK) and our facilities include the CR UK Centre of Excellence and the CR UK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.

Southampton also hosts a centre of excellence in Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research where it specialises in understanding and treating chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. 

Our aim is to foster high quality cancer research with a particular emphasis on translating mechanistic understanding into patient treatments.  We concentrate upon our research strengths, such as immunology and cell biology closely allied to clinical practice in cancer treatment. The Cancer Sciences Unit will shortly open a new purpose-built Centre for Cancer Immunology to expand research capacity and accelerate our translation of immunotherapy to patients. This Centre will provide dedicated state of the art laboratory facilities to house over 200 scientists and support staff, comprising both basic discovery science and clinical teams. It will focus on all aspects of cancer immunology and immunotherapy from the bench to the patient.

All cancer research has clinical application as its ultimate goal.  Our Cancer Sciences research is conducted on the Biomedical Campus at Southampton General Hospital, in purpose-built laboratories in the Somers Building and neighbouring laboratories.

We have more than 100 researchers, clinicians and associated staff working as coordinated teams across several disciplines.  We bring ideas and discoveries made in the laboratory into clinical practice as rapidly as possible and ensure that the scientific hypotheses underlying cancer treatments are fully tested.

The University of Southampton Clinical Trials Unit is also supported by funding from Cancer Research UK to deliver large multicentre cancer treatment trials.

Cancer Sciences Unit Research Club

Date: Thursdays, 16:30-18:30
Venue: IDS Lecture theatre (talks) and Level A seminar room (food and drink)

Date Speaker Sponsored by
22nd Oct  Diana Eccles Cambridge Bioscience
12th Nov Tissue bank and BRF (Animal House) Source Biosciences
3rd Dec Funny Christmas Talks Postdoctoral Association
11th Feb TBC Qiagen
3rd Mar TBC Promega
14th Apr

Anne Rogel and Aymen Al'Shamkhani

12th May Juliet Gray and Silvia Lanati Ebioscience
9th June Charlie Birts and Marta Polak TBC

Contact us


Telephone: 023 81 206184023 81 206184 or 023 81 205170023 81 205170

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  • Facilities


    Staff MemberPrimary Position
    Mohammad Reza AbdollahiNIHR clinical lecturer in molecular pathology and specialty registrar in cellular pathology
    Aymen Al-ShamkhaniProfessor in Immunology
    Andrew BatemanSenior Lecturer
    Stephen BeersAssociate Professor
    Rahul BhomeCancer Research UK Clinical Research Fellow
    Charles BirtsSenior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Jeremy BlaydesReader in Cancer Cell Biology
    Sarah BuchanSenior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    Ellen CopsonCancer Research UK Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology
    Simon CrabbAssociate Professor in Medical Oncology
    Mark CraggProfessor of Experimental Cancer Research
    Gillian CrawfordClinical Reseach Fellow
    Ramsey CutressAssociate Professor in Breast Surgery
    Andrew DaviesHonorary Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Medical Oncology
    Alistair EastonAssociate Professor of Pathology
    Diana EcclesProfessor of Cancer Genetics
    Tim ElliottProfessor of Experimental Oncology
    Francesco ForconiAssociate Professor in Haematological Oncology
    Spiros D GarbisAssociate Professor
    Martin GlennieProfessor of Immunochemistry
    Juliet GraySenior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology
    Gareth GriffithsProfessor of Clinical Trials
    Edd JamesAssociate Professor in Cancer Immunology
    Peter JohnsonProfessor of Medical Oncology
    Colin D JohnsonProfessor of Surgical Sciences
    Emma KingCRUK Senior Lecturer Head and Neck Surgery
    Sean H. LimAssociate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Haemato-oncology
    Anneke LucassenProfessor of Clinical Genetics
    Alex MirnezamiProfessor of Surgical Oncology
    Karwan MoutasimNIHR Clinical Lecturer in Cellular Pathology
    Christian OttensmeierProfessor of Experimental Medicine
    Graham PackhamProfessor of Molecular Oncology
    N Kathleen PotterTissue Bank Manager
    John PrimroseProfessor of Surgery
    Ali RoghanianSenior Research Fellow in Immunotherapy
    Matthew Rose-ZerilliKay Kendall Leukaemia Fund Postdoctoral Researcher
    Surinder SahotaReader in Immunogenetics
    Natalia SavelyevaLecturer in Cancer Immunology
    A. Emre SayanLecturer
    Andrew SteeleSenior Lecturer
    Freda StevensonProfessor of Immunology
    Jonathan StreffordProfessor in Cancer Molecular Genetics
    Stephen ThirdboroughSenior Research Fellow in Systems Biology
    Gareth ThomasProfessor of Experimental Pathology
    Jo TodNIHR Clinical Lecturer in Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    Tim UnderwoodMRC Clinician Scientist and Senior Lecturer
    Jonathan James WestInstitute for Life Science Research Fellow
    Ann WhiteSenior Research Fellow
    Anthony WilliamsReader in Clinical Immunology and Allergy

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