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Andrew Blackford


Associate Professor & CRUK Senior Cancer Research Fellow

Andrew Blackford is an associate professor and group leader in the Department of Oncology, based at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. His group studies the signalling mechanisms cells use to respond to DNA damage and why defects in these pathways cause human diseases such as cancer.

After obtaining his PhD in the School of Cancer Sciences at the University of Birmingham in 2008, he undertook postdoctoral positions with Wojciech Niedzwiedz at the University of Oxford in 2009 and Steve Jackson in the Wellcome Trust/CRUK Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge in 2012. He established his lab in 2016 with the support of a Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Career Development Fellowship, and was awarded a Senior Cancer Research Fellowship from CRUK in 2023 to continue his research.


Kaima Tsukada, Postdoctoral Researcher
Matthew Fawkes, DPhil Student
Robert Horsley, DPhil Student
Julius Bannister, DPhil Student


We are always looking for talented and ambitious individuals to join us, especially those with previous experience in areas including bioinformatics, biochemistry, animal models and super-resolution imaging. 

We have recently obtained funding for multiple postdoctoral positions as well as a research assistant/lab manager position. These will be advertised soon, but informal enquiries are welcome prior to this so please get in touch with your CV if you would like to join our team! 

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