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Research groups

Peter McHugh

Professor of Molecular Oncology

Research Summary

We aim to understand how repair of damaged DNA is controlled during chromosome duplication, and why potentially dangerous changes in the behaviour of cells can occur when this process goes wrong. We also hope use this improved knowledge of DNA damage and its repair to improve treatments for cancer.


Following post-doctoral research at University College London, Peter McHugh was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2001. In 2003 he joined the Oncology Laboratories at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, where he now heads the DNA Damage and Repair research group.

He is a regular presenter to CRUK fundraisers, and is a co-organiser of the UK Genome Stability Network Annual meeting and of the FEBS Nucleotide Excision Repair and Interstrand Crosslink repair meeting.


Hannah Baddock, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sanja Brolih, DPhil Student (MRC)
Abimael Cruz-Migoni, Postdoctoral Researcher
William Nathan, DPhil Student (NIH-OxCam)
Denis Ptchelkine, Postdoctoral Researcher
Malitha Ratnaweera, Research Assistant
Lonnie Swift, Postdoctoral Researcher