The University of Southampton

Academic Unit: Cancer Sciences Academic Unit

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 Session Speaker (PI+ Postdoc/student) Sponsoring company
6/10/2016  October Dr Mark Cragg and Dr Matt Carter
Fisher and life technologies
November Scientific writing: Neil Henderson & Laura Mears External speakers
December Funny talks Christmas Session
Postdoctoral Association
February Dr Steve Beers - Career plan talk
March Current PhD Students

Our Southampton Colleagues returns (external speakers)

May Dr Nicky Weston-Bell and Yurany Moreno
June TBC

Contact us


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



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
Marc David BullockNIHR Clinical Lecturer in Surgery
Andrew CookConsultant in Public Health Medicine & Fellow in Health Technology Assessment
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
Thomas CumminClinical Research Fellow (Lymphoma)
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
Colin D JohnsonProfessor of Surgical Sciences
Peter JohnsonProfessor of Medical Oncology
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 SteeleAssociate Professor
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 UnderwoodProfessor of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Jonathan James WestInstitute for Life Science Research Fellow
Ann WhiteSenior Research Fellow
Anthony WilliamsReader in Clinical Immunology and Allergy
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