Clinical Research Fellows

Cell & Molecular Biology of Cancer: Towards Novel Therapies

These 3-year, CRUK-funded posts are designed to offer clinical trainees an invaluable experience of basic, translational or clinical research in a cutting-edge environment. Projects are focused on a number of key tumour types and on the CRUK Glasgow Centre's main objectives:

  • To deliver Precision Oncology for Pancreatic Cancer
  • To be a leading centre for Precision Medicine in Colorectal Cancer
  • To translate work targeting Myeloid Cells for Immuno-oncology
  • To translate lab-based Cancer Metabolism/Energetic Stress studies
  • To develop translational studies targeting Metastasis and Recurrence

These training fellowships are designed to provide a state-of-the-art research experience, within a structured training environment, for future academic clinicians. Appointees will be expected to develop a programme of research in an area of cancer research that has potential translational implications.

The posts allow the development of a research project leading to the submission of a PhD degree. However, although research will form the major component of these posts, participation in associated clinical duties and teaching may be incorporated into the Job Plan.

Details of this year's research projects can be found below. Applicants are strongly advised to contact and meet with potential supervisors to discuss projects in more detail prior to making a formal application. Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Jackie Beesley ( or to specific supervisors.

To apply for one of these posts, please visit the University of Glasgow's Jobs at Glasgow webpages: and search for Reference Number 024796. The closing date for applications is 29 April 2019.

Clinicians in Research Network

Clinicians in Research Network (CiRN) is a professional network for cultivating collegiality and supporting career development of clinically-trained early career researchers (ECRs). CiRN contributes to the Clinical Academic Training Advisory Committee at the University of Glasgow. See website for more details.


Accelerating progress from pre-clinical modelling to novel therapeutics: a stratified medicine approach to colorectal cancer

Supervisors: Richard Wilson (University of Glasgow/Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre), Owen Sansom (CRUK Beatson Institute)


Can colorectal cancer phenotypic subtypes predict response to therapy?

Supervisors: Joanne Edwards (University of Glasgow), Owen Sansom (CRUK Beatson Institute)


Elucidating targetable tumour-stroma metabolic symbiosis in HGSOC metastasis

Supervisors: Sara Zanivan (CRUK Beatson Institute), Rosalind Glasspool (Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre)


Drosophila as a model system to study local and systemic mechanisms of cancer cachexia

Supervisors: Julia Cordero (University of Glasgow), Jennifer Morton (CRUK Beatson Institute)


Identification of dose constraints and evaluation of optimal planning technique for thoracic re-irradiation

Supervisors: Anthony Chalmers (University of Glasgow), Stephen Harrow (Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre)


Harnessing DNA damage repair and innate immune response in pancreatic cancer

Supervisors: David Chang, Nigel Jamieson (University of Glasgow), Jennifer Morton (CRUK Beatson Institute), Stephan Dreyer (University of Glasgow)


Development of a novel preclinical model to test immune-oncology – radiotherapy combinations in rectal cancer

Supervisors: Campbell Roxburgh, Colin Steele, Anthony Chalmers (University of Glasgow), Owen Sansom (CRUK Beatson Institute)


Understanding mechanisms of action of CPX-351 (Vyxeos) in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML): Focus on the leukaemic stem cell

Supervisors: Mhairi Copland, Helen Wheadon, Heather Jorgensen (University of Glasgow)

Collaborator: Sylvie Freeman (University of Birmingham)



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