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Gillies McKenna

Professor of Radiation Oncology and Biology

Research Summary

Our research links basic science with clinical applications and focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind tumour resistance to radiation.


Gillies McKenna was Director of the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology from 2005 to 2019, and Head of the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford since its formation in 2010 to March 2017.  

Prior to that, he was Chairman and Henry K. Pancoast Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, rising to Professor in 1995.  

He has received several awards and honours including the Weiss Medal from the Association for Radiation Research, the Frank Ellis Medal from the Royal College of Radiologists, the Roentgen Medal from the Deutches Roentgen Museum and the Gold Medal from the Royal College of Radiologists.


Abul Azad, Postdoctoral Researcher
Jianzhou Chen, Clinical Research Fellow
James Coates, DPhil Student
Somnath Mukherjee, Senior Clinical Researcher
Remko Prevo, Laboratory Manager

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