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Dr Robert Clarke (PhD) - personal details

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Dr Robert Clarke

Role: Reader in Breast Biology

Tel: +44 (0)161 446 3210


Breast Cancer Now Research Unit

Institute of Cancer Sciences
University of Manchester
Manchester Academic Health Science Centre
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Wilmslow Road
M20 4BX

Fax: +44 (0)161 446 3109




I did my undergraduate BSc studies in Biology at the University of Sussex and the Université de Grenoble.  Following two and half years as a Research Assistant with Professor Potten at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, I studied the control of proliferation in the normal and neoplastic human mammary gland for my PhD at The University of Manchester (1995). Subsequently, I undertook post-doctoral training with Dr Liz Anderson in the Clinical Research Department of The Christie, Manchester. I returned to The University of Manchester as a Cancer Research UK Research Fellow in 2001, becoming a Group Leader in the Division of Cancer Studies based at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research.  I am currently a Reader in Breast Biology in the Breast Cancer Now Research Unit and Director of the Manchester Breast Centre at the Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Manchester.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Service on committees

Organising Committee for BACR Breast Cancer Gaps Conference, Newcastle-Gateshead, October 7th-9th, 2015.

Organising committee for the 7th European Network for Breast Development and Cancer (ENBDC) Workshop, Luzern, Switzerland, April 23-25, 2015.

Organising Committee for 4th Annual ‘Targeting Notch in Cancer’ Conference, June 24-26, 2015.

Member of the British Association for Cancer Research (BACR) Executive Committee, 2012-2015.

Organising committee for the European Network for Breast Development and Cancer (ENBDC) Workshops, 2009-2015.

Organising Committee for ‘Targeting Notch in Cancer’ Conference, 2011-2015

Member of Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank Access Committee, 2012-.

Editorial work

Associate Editor:
American Journal of Pathology, 2008-2014
Breast Cancer Research, 2005-2014

Editorial Board: American Journal of Pathology, Breast Cancer Research and Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia.


BSc (Hons), PhD


Director (2015-2018) of Manchester Breast Centre, comprising 20 basic, translational and clinician scientists active in breast cancer research:

Former President (2012-2014) and Board Member, International Association for Breast Cancer Research

Associate Editor: American Journal of Pathology (2008-2014) and Breast Cancer Research (2005-2014)

Editorial Board: American Journal of Pathology, Breast Cancer Research and Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia


Lectures on Cancer Stem Cells in final year BSc Biology and MSc Oncology courses.