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Richard Gilbertson

Richard Gilbertson

Professor Richard Gilbertson FMedSci FRS


Elected: 2022


Richard completed his medical degree (1992) and PhD (1998) at Newcastle University, undertaking both MRC clinical training and research fellowships. In 2000 he moved to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA where he served as Scientific and Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Executive Vice President and Lillian R Cannon Endowed Chair. In 2015, Richard was appointed to the Li Ka Shing Chair in Oncology at the University of Cambridge.

A paediatric oncology clinician scientist, Richard has pioneered the field of cross-species genomics, deploying data generated from patients to identify the lineage origins of childhood brain tumours; build accurate models of these cancers; and design new treatments. He has also generated organism-wide maps of cancer risk across all organs and ages, helping to understand the relative contributions of cell lineage, gene mutation and tissue damage to tumourigenesis.

Richard is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (2013), Academy of Medical Sciences (2017), European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2017), and Royal College of Physicians (2020). In 2022 he was awarded the Memorial Sloan Kettering Society Prize.

Professional positions

Li Ka Shing Chair of Oncology and Head, Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge
Senior Group Leader, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge
Director, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre (CRUK CC), University of Cambridge

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Biochemistry and molecular cell biology
    • Biochemistry and molecular biology, Cell biology (incl molecular cell biology)
  • Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
    • Cytogenetics, Developmental biology
  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Cellular neuroscience
  • Health and human sciences
    • Molecular medicine
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