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Cancer Sciences

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 School will shortly open a new purpose-built Cancer Immunology Centre 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 School Research Club

Date: Thursdays, 16:00-18:00
Venue: IDS Lecture theatre (talks) and Level A seminar room (food and drink)

Date Session Speaker (PI+ Postdoc/student) Sponsoring company
12/10/2017  October Dr Hannah Siddle and Rachel Owen Miltenyi
2/11/2017 November Dr Edd James and Dr Emma Reeves BD Biosciences
14/12/2017 December Christmas talks Postdoctoral Association
1/2/2018 February Dr Chris Hanley & Dr Sara Waise Promega
1/3/2018 March PhD students Biolegend
3/5/2018 May

Dr Natalia Savelyeva and Postdoc

7/6/2018 June Dr Ali Roghanian and Dr Sean Lim NEB

Contact us

Committee members; Dr Sam Drennan, Dr Gessa Sugiyarto, Dr Kirstie Cleary, Dr Nicky Weston-Bell, Dr Robert Oldham and Dr Rachel Parker


Telephone: 023 8120 5167 or 023 8120 6670 


Research Staff

List of all staff members in Cancer Sciences
Staff MemberPrimary Position
Mohammad Reza AbdollahiNIHR clinical lecturer in molecular pathology and specialty registrar in cellular pathology
Aymen Al-ShamkhaniProfessor in Immunology
James BatchelorDirector Clinical Informatics Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine
Andrew BatemanSenior Lecturer
Stephen BeersProfessor of Immunology and Immunotherapy
Rahul BhomeMRC Clinical Research Training Fellow
Charles BirtsSenior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Jeremy BlaydesReader in Cancer Cell Biology
Yury BogdanovLecturer in Transgenic Technologies
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 CutressProfessor of Breast Surgery
Andrew DaviesHonorary Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Medical Oncology
Alistair EastonAssociate Professor of Pathology
Diana EcclesDean of Medicine
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 Hua LimAssociate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Haematological Oncology
Anneke LucassenProfessor of Clinical Genetics
Thomas MaishmanDeputy Head of Statistics Southampton Clinical Trials Unit (SCTU)
Bridgin MerronLymphoma Clinical Trials Fellow, part funded by Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI
Alex MirnezamiProfessor of Surgical Oncology
Karwan MoutasimConsultant Cellular Pathologist
Raimund OberProfessor of Imaging and Biomedical Engineering
Christian OttensmeierProfessor of Experimental Medicine
Graham PackhamProfessor of Molecular Oncology
N Kathleen PotterTissue Bank Manager
John PrimroseProfessor of Surgery
Ali RoghanianLecturer
Matthew Rose-ZerilliSenior Research Fellow in Cancer Evolution
Matthew Rose-ZerilliSenior Research Fellow in Cancer Evolution
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
Harriet S WalterCancer Research UK Clinical Trials Fellow
E. Sally WardProfessor of Molecular Immunology and Director of Translational Immunology
Jonathan James WestInstitute for Life Science Research Fellow
Ann WhiteSenior Research Fellow
Anthony WilliamsReader in Clinical Immunology and Allergy
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