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Research groups

Andrew Blackford


Group Leader

  • Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellow
  • Against Breast Cancer/Oriel College Research Fellow

Andrew Blackford is a group leader in the Department of Oncology, based at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. He is also affiliated with the Cancer Research UK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology. His group studies the signalling mechanisms cells use to respond to DNA damage and why defects in these pathways cause human diseases such as cancer.

After obtaining his PhD in the School of Cancer Sciences at the University of Birmingham in 2008, he undertook postdoctoral positions with Wojciech Niedzwiedz at the University of Oxford in 2009 and Steve Jackson in the Wellcome Trust/CRUK Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge in 2012. He was awarded a Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellowship to start his own group and took up his current post in June 2016.

Group Members

Matthew Fawkes, DPhil Student
Samuel Jones, Postdoctoral Researcher
Carl Morrow, Postdoctoral Researcher
Ann-Marie Shorrocks, DPhil Student


A fully-funded postdoctoral research position will be available to start in late 2019/early 2020. We are particularly interested in expanding the lab's experience in areas including bioinformatics, biochemistry, animal models and super-resolution imaging. Informal enquiries welcome so please get in touch with your CV if you would like to join our team!

Alumni & NeXt Destinations

Johanna has left the lab to complete her undergraduate studies at Yale University.

Kaima has returned to Japan to complete his PhD in the lab of Yoshihisa Matsumoto at Tokyo Tech.

Roos returned to the Netherlands to complete her Masters degree at Radboud University.

Sofiya returned to Italy to complete her Masters degree at the University of l’Aquila. She has since started a PhD in the lab of Frank Rösl at the DKFZ in Heidelberg.

Emily left to complete her final undergraduate year at the University of Birmingham. She has since started a PhD in the lab of Dragana Ahel at the Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford. 

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