Meet the team

Professor Andrew Beggs

Professor Andrew Beggs

Co-Lead - Molecular Oncology, Pathology and Genetics, Professor in Surgery & Cancer Genetics
Head of West Midlands GI & Gynaecology Cancer Tumour Board
Cancer Research UK & RCSEng Advanced Clinician Scientist, Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Andrew Beggs is a Professor of Cancer Genetics & Surgery in the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham. He currently holds a Cancer Research UK & Royal College of Surgeons Advanced Clinician Scientist award. He is also an Consultant Colorectal & General  Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with a subspeciality interest in laparoscopic ...

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a.beggs@bham.ac.uk

Professor Roy Bicknell

Professor Roy Bicknell

Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
Professor of Functional Genomics

Medical and Dental Sciences

Roy Bicknell originally read chemistry at St. John's College, University of Oxford before studying for a doctorate in The William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford as an E.P.Abraham scholar. He then won a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship to study at Harvard Medical School. His original research interest was bacterial resistance to antibiotics but at Harvard moved to growth and angiogenic ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4085
Email
r.bicknell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Richard T. Bryan

Dr Richard T. Bryan

Director of Bladder Cancer Research Centre
Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Rik Bryan is a former clinical urologist, and now a full-time bladder cancer research academic. He is the Chief Investigator of the Bladder Cancer Prognosis Programme (BCPP), the SELENIB clinical trial, and POUT-T. He is the Director of the Bladder Cancer Research Centre (BCRC) in the Institute of Cancer & Genomic Sciences. The BCRC has a particular interest in the proteomics, genomics and ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7870
Email
r.t.bryan@bham.ac.uk

Professor Christopher Buckley

Professor Christopher Buckley

Kennedy Professor of Translational Rheumatology
Director of the Birmingham NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

Chris Buckley is the Kennedy Professor of Translational Rheumatology at the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford. He is  Director of Clinical Research at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in Oxford and Director of NIHR Infrastructure for Birmingham Heath Partners. He leads the Arthritis Therapy Acceleration Programme (A-TAP) which aims to deliver “stratified pathology” in a ...

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+44 (0)121 371 3240
Email
c.d.buckley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jorge Caamaňo

Dr Jorge Caamaňo

Reader in Cellular Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Jorge Caamaño is Reader in Cellular Immunology. He heads the Stroma-Immune Cell Interaction Group.

Jorge’s research focuses on secondary and tertiary lymphoid tissue development and function during immune responses and inflammation.

He has published over seventy articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the field of immunology, cell and developmental biology and signal ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4077
Email
j.caamano@bham.ac.uk

Professor Charles Craddock

Professor Charles Craddock

Professor of Haemato-oncology

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Charles Craddock is Academic Director of the Centre for Clinical Haematology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK, and Professor of Haemato-oncology, at the University of Birmingham. He trained in haematology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford and the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Professor Craddock is a recent ...

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+44 (0)121 371 4374
Email
charles.craddock@uhb.nhs.uk

Dr Stuart M Curbishley

Dr Stuart M Curbishley

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Stuart is a liver immunologist who is closely involved in the development in novel vaccination approaches to treat hepatocellular carcinoma. In particular, his interests are in the field of immunotherapy with a focus on the use of immune cells to treat cancer. It is apparent that cancer patients with stronger anti-tumour immunity have the best prognosis. With new drugs becoming available to ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8784
Email
s.m.curbishley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Carmela De Santo

Dr Carmela De Santo

CRUK New Investigator Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Carmela De Santo is an expert on tumour immunosuppression, and in particular on myeloid derived suppressor cells.

 

Email
c.desanto@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Dimeloe

Dr Sarah Dimeloe

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Birmingham Fellow
European Commission Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow, Leukemia UK John Goldman Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Sarah Dimeloe is a Birmingham Fellow working across the Institutes of Immunology and Immunotherapy (III), and Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR).

Research in Sarah’s lab is focused on the metabolism of immune cells and how this underpins their role in health and disease.

Dr Dimeloe is a member of the 2017/18 Birmingham Fellows.

 

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+44 (0)121 414 7442
Email
s.k.dimeloe@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mark Drayson

Professor Mark Drayson

Professor Clinical Immunodiagnostics & Director of Clinical Immunology Service
Honorary Consultant Immunologist, University Hospital Birmingham & Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Mark has directed the CIS since 2000. The service provides a unique interface between the University's substantial scientific expertise in immunology and the clinical investigation and management of blood cancers, immunodeficiency and autoimmunity in the West Midlands. Providing 500,000 immunodiagnostic tests per year for a population of five million, the CIS is in an ideal position for ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4074
Email
m.t.drayson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Sylvie Freeman

Professor of ImmunoHaematology
Honorary Consultant in Haematology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Sylvie Freeman is co-director of the Clinical Immunology Service, leading Immunophenotyping for the diagnosis and monitoring of haematological malignancies. The service provides a unique interface between the University's substantial scientific expertise in immunohaematology and the clinical investigation and management of blood cancers and immunodeficiency in the NHS and for trials.

Research ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8759
Email
s.freeman@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mike Hawkins

Professor Mike Hawkins

Chair in Epidemiology
Director of Centre

Institute of Applied Health Research

Mike Hawkins is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Centre for Childhood Cancer Survivors Studies.

He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed scientific and clinical journals mostly relating to the long-term health and social consequences of being treated for cancer. Mike has received programme grant funding from Cancer Research UK, the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund and the ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7924
Email
m.m.hawkins@bham.ac.uk

Professor Peter Lane

Professor Peter Lane

Professor of Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Professor Peter Lane is interested in the molecular and cellular basis of CD4 memory and effector function, particularly in the context of human susceptibility to autoimmune disease. Acute and chronic autoimmune diseases are a huge burden to the NHS. Checkpoint inhibitors that suppress normal mechanisms that maintain self-tolerance, have been effective in revealing CD8 driven immune responses ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4078/+44 (0)121 414 6944 (PA)
Email
p.j.l.lane@bham.ac.uk

Dr Heather Long

Dr Heather Long

Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Heather Long is a Lecturer in Immunology in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham.

Heather has published a number of research papers on the immune response to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Her long-term interest is in developing immune-based therapies for the treatment of EBV-associated and non virus-associated lymphomas. In particular, her group is focussed on ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6425
Email
h.m.long@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kendle Michelle Maslowski

Dr Kendle Michelle Maslowski

Birmingham Fellow
Cancer Research UK Career Establishment Award holder

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Kendle is a Birmingham Fellow working across the Institutes of Immunology and Immunotherapy (III), and Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR).

Research in Kendle’s lab is focussed on understanding innate immune pathways in intestinal epithelial cells and their roles in fighting infection and cancer development.

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+44 (0)121 414 6956
Email
k.m.maslowski@bham.ac.uk

Professor Hisham Mehanna

Professor Hisham Mehanna

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (interdisciplinary research)
Director, Institute for Global Innovation and Institute for Advanced Studies
Director, Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education (InHANSE)

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Professor Hisham Mehanna is the chair of head and neck surgery. He has a keen interest in clinical and translational research, heading a research team of 20 researchers, and holding over £15million in research grants. His research has changed clinical practice across the world. Hisham is the Chair of Head and Neck Surgery and is the Director of the Institute of Head and Neck Studies ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8753
Email
h.mehanna@bham.ac.uk

Professor Gary Middleton

Professor Gary Middleton

Professor of Medical Oncology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Gary Middleton is Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Birmingham. He is the chief investigator on the National Lung Matrix Study and is also chief investigator of PePS2,  FOCUS4A, RUXSAC, TELOVAC, VIP and co-CI on TORCMEK. He sits on the Lung CSG, the NCRI advanced colorectal sub-group, the NCRI pancreatic sub-group and CTAAC. His translational interests include tumour ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 7144 (PA)
Email
g.middleton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Fiyaz Mohammed

Lecturer in Biomedical Structural Biology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Fiyaz is a Lecturer in Biomedical Structural Biology in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham. His research focuses on investigating immune cell surface receptor/ligand interactions relevant to cancer using X-ray crystallography. He has published a number of peer reviewed research papers on clinically relevant immune receptor recognition events including those ...

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+44 (0)121 414 2809
Email
f.mohammed@bham.ac.uk

Professor Dion Morton

Professor Dion Morton

Barling Professor of Surgery
Head of Surgery

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

After Dion received his degree in Medicine from Bristol University in 1985, he took up an honorary consultant appointment at the University Hospital Birmingham in 1996 and was appointed Professor of Surgery in 2006. In 2015 he became Barling Chair of Surgery.  He is also Surgery Section Head at the Institute of Cancer and Genomics.

Dion was appointed Officer of the Order of the British ...

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+44 (0)121 371 8910

Professor Paul Moss

Professor Paul Moss

Deputy Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Professor of Haematology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Professor Moss is Professor of Haematology at the University of Birmingham and Deputy Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator and was previously Chair of the Infection and Immunity Board at the Medical Research Council and the Clinical and Translational Research Committee at Cancer Research UK.

Professor Moss is leading the UK Coronavirus Immunology ...

Telephone
0121 414 2824
Email
p.moss@bham.ac.uk

Dr Francis Mussai

Dr Francis Mussai

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology
Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Oncology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Francis Mussai is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Oncology at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

His research is focused on understanding the interaction between paediatric and adult cancers and the immune system, in particular how cancers suppress the immune response to avoid ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7047
Email
f.j.mussai@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ye Htun Oo

Professor Ye Htun Oo

Professor of Autoimmune Liver Diseases and Translational Hepatology
Honorary Consultant Hepatologist

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Ye Htun Oo is a Professor of Autoimmune liver diseases and Translational Hepatology in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy. He is also a Consultant Hepatologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he specialises in the management of autoimmune liver diseases, immune mediated liver injury and liver transplantation.

He currently holds Sir Jules Thorn Research Programme Award. He ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8700
Email
y.h.oo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Claire Shannon-Lowe

Dr Claire Shannon-Lowe

Virology Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Claire Shannon-Lowe is a lecturer in virology at the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy.

Claire’s research primarily focuses on three key areas: The mechanism of Epstein Barr virus (EBV) entry into epithelial cells, T cells and Natural Killer cells; How EBV contributes to cancer development of these cell types; How EBV contributes to resistance to chemotherapy in these cancers. This ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6425
Email
c.shannonlowe@bham.ac.uk

Dr Neil Steven

Dr Neil Steven

Deputy Clinical Director, CR-UK Clinical Trials Unit
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Steven specialises in the design and execution of clinical trials of immune therapy for malignant disease. He works as part of a multidisciplinary framework in Birmingham including the CR-UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) and the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Centre.He also works with international partners. He has a particular scientific interest in the immunology of cancers carrying ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3791
Email
n.m.steven@bham.ac.uk

Dr Graham Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Tumour Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Graham is a Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow with an interest in viral and cancer immunology and immunotherapy. Graham's work has led to a therapeutic cancer vaccine that has undergone testing in several clinical trials. 

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+44 (0)121 414 6425
Email
g.s.taylor@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel A. Tennant

Dr Daniel A. Tennant

Reader in Metabolic Biochemistry

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research

Dr. Daniel Tennant is a Reader in Metabolic Biochemistry in the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR), situated on the second floor of the Institute of Biomedical Research. He uses stable isotope tracers to investigate changes in the use of nutrients in conditions where oxygen is limiting (hypoxia), or in the presence of genetic mutations that induce a hypoxia-like response. Dan ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8651
Email
d.tennant@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kai-Michael Toellner

Professor Kai-Michael Toellner

Professor of Adaptive Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Kai Toellner is Professor of Adaptive Immunology at the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and the Cancer and Immunology and Immunotherapy Centre Birmingham. He studies how lymphocytes differentiate in response to pathogens or vaccines, and how this leads to the generation of protective antibodies and long term immune memory. He has published over 70 research papers in international ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8687
Email
k.m.toellner@bham.ac.uk

Professor Benjamin Willcox

Professor Benjamin Willcox

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Ben Willcox is Professor of Molecular Immunology based at the Cancer Research UK Cancer Centre in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy.

Ben leads an active research group in the field of cancer immunology and immunotherapy, with a focus on understanding immune receptor recognition. His recent work focuses on novel tumour antigens and unconventional T cell function, particularly in ...

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+44 (0)121 414 9533
Email
b.willcox@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Withers

Professor David Withers

Professor of Immune Regulation

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

David Withers is a Wellcome Trust funded Senior Research Fellow

Research in the Withers Lab is focused on understanding how memory CD4 T cell responses are generated and maintained, in particular the key cellular interactions that provide critical signals in this process. We are currently testing the role of RORgt-expressing group 3 Innate Lymphoid Cells versus other immune cell populations as ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8516
Email
d.withers@bham.ac.uk