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Dr Gillian Farnie (PhD) - personal details

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Dr Gillian Farnie

Role: Research Fellow and Group Leader

Tel: +44 (0)161 446 3230


Cancer Stem Cell Research
Institute of Cancer Sciences
University of Manchester
Paterson Building
Wilmslow Road
M20 4BX




My first post-doctoral appointment was within the School of Cancer Studies at the University of Manchester in the laboratory of Dr Neil Anderson and Professor Nigel Bundred. Here I developed a novel culture system to grow human ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and further investigate the role of epidermal growth factor receptor family. During this research and through collaboration with Dr Robert Clarke I discovered DCIS tissue contained cancer stem cells that could initiate mammospheres and Notch signalling played an important role in DCIS. This led to a successful Breast Cancer Campaign grant application in 2005 as a co-applicant with Professor Nigel Bundred to continue my research into the role of Notch in DCIS.

Currently I lead my own research group after being awarded a Breast Cancer Campaign fellowship in 2008.  The main focus of the labs research is to investigate the role breast cancer stem cells play in resistance to radio and chemotherapy in the clinic.


  • 1999, BSc(Hons) Pharmacology, University of Liverpool
  • 2002, Ph.D Molecular Oncology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • 2002-2008, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Manchester
  • 2008-Present, Breast Cancer Campaign Fellow, Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Manchester



Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences MRes Oncology Tutorials on Cancer stem cells (problem and team based learning)