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Tumour Microenvironment (Co-Investigator)


Dr Gilles Bonvento and Dr Carole Escartin, MIRCen, Paris, France
Dr Beth Coyle, University of Nottingham, UK
Professor John Lowry, University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
Dr Rasheed Zakaria and Mr Michael Jenkinson, The Walton Centre, Liverpool, UK
GE Healthcare

Nicola Sibson

Professor of Imaging Neuroscience

  • Senior Group Leader, Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology
  • Supernumerary Fellow, University College

Research Summary

Our research goals are to identify the role of the inflammatory and metabolic microenvironment in brain metastasis, and to develop imaging biomarkers for tumour detection and monitoring.


Following her PhD, Nicola spent 4 years at Yale University before joining the MRC Biochemical and Clinical Magnetic Resonance Unit in Oxford. She then moved to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics as a University Research Lecturer and joined the Oxford Institute in 2007.

She has given numerous plenary lectures at national and international meetings, including the prestigious British Neuropathological Society Lecture at the Neuro-Oncology Society Annual Conference.

She serves on funding panels and advisory boards and was recently made a Special Supernumerary Fellow of University College Oxford.

Professor Nicola Sibson discusses her research into mapping brain tumours


Jessica Buck, DPhil Student
Claire Bristow, Research Assistant
Sandra Campbell, Project Manager, DPFS
Vasiliki Economopoulos, Postdoctoral Researcher
Vanessa Johanssen, Research Assistant
Alexandr Khrapichev, Postdoctoral Reseacher
James Larkin, Postdoctoral Researcher
Maria Pannell, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sarah Peeters, Postdoctoral Researcher
Mario Munoz Pinto, Postdoctoral Researcher
Helen Scott, Research Assistant
Manon Simard, DPhil Student
Christina Simoglou Karali, DPhil Student
Niloufar Zarghami, DPhil Student