Cancer PhD Programme

In Autumn 2020 the University of Aberdeen launches a Cancer PhD Programme, directed by Professor Anne Donaldson, which will initiate bench-to-bedside projects that link our basic and clinical cancer research programmes.   

Students will benefit from a tailored series of introductory talks from Aberdeen cancer scientists and clinicians, familiarising them with the cancer research landscape and collaboration opportunities.   This will be followed by a dedicated research seminar series, giving students opportunities to present their own research and to invite external speakers.  


Applications and enquiries from PhD candidates are welcome and should be directed to the Supervisor of the specific projects.


Project Title

Professor Anne Donaldson Identifying the determinants of tumour susceptibility to replication-inhibiting-chemotherapy
Dr Sinclair Dundas Molecular modelling of novel anti cancer molecules targeting mortalin p53 interaction
Professor Iain McEwan Impact of the immune landscape on androgen ablation therapy and progression to therapy resistant disease
Dr Fiona Murray Exploiting the endocannabinoid system in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
Dr Anna Riemen New approaches to treating metastatic bone disease in breast and prostate cancer
Professor Val Speirs Examining the biology of breast cancer diagnosed in women aged 40 and under
Professor Mark Vickers Reprogramming the innate immune system to treat malignancy targeting ovarian cancer
Professor Heather Wilson Can PBT1B-inhibition rewire macrophage function to improve anti-tumour immunity in breast cancer treatment