Institute of Cellular Medicine

Stratified Medicine, Biomarkers & Therapeutics

Stratified Medicine, Biomarkers and Therapeutics


Our research seeks to help clinicians and patients to make more informed decisions about courses of treatment and disease management, while improving patient outcomes and safety.

This theme integrates: 

  • clinical phenotyping
  • imaging
  • biomarker development
  • pharmacogenetics
  • the development of diagnostic tests applicable to clinical practice  

Our membership consists of researchers from a variety of scientific backgrounds, clinical and non-clinical. They have the ultimate aim of developing personalised medicine and therapeutics

Our overarching goal is to gain a better understanding of disease pathophysiology. This includes disease endotypes. 

We also seek to understand mechanisms accounting for therapeutic efficacy and adverse events. This includes drug endotypes. 

By definition this theme is cross-cutting and involves researchers from a range of specialties.

Research interest

Our specific areas of research interest are:

Stratified medicine initiatives

ICM leads and works with several Medical Research Council-funded stratified medicine initiatives. The focus is on: 

Development of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers

These include: 

Therapeutics, pharmacogenetics and development of novel drugs

For more information on this research interest, visit the website.

There is also a research programme on atopic eczema.

Imaging - specifically magnetic resonance imaging

This includes:

  • magnetic resonance physics development of accelerated MRI scanning technologies
  • advanced, quantitative non-proton imaging, including lung function by 19F gas imaging and tissue energetics by 31P
  • diffusion imaging methodologies to assess to muscle microstructure
  • quantitative MRI as outcome measures in clinical trials

Details of our full portfolio of imaging facilities and research can be found at the Centre for In Vivo Imaging and Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre websites.

Medical toxicology and the effects of environmental stress on homeostasis and disease

For more information about our work in this area of research, visit the website.

Dermatological sciences

For more information on this research group, visit the website

Our researchers look at developing personalised medicine and therapeutics.
Our stratified team try to develop specific treatments for individual patients rather than using broad treatments across patient groups.


Academics working within this research theme include:

Honorary Staff

Our honorary staff for this research theme are listed below.

Dr John Allen
Lead Clinical Scientist / Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 213 8199

Dr Michael Drinnan
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 213 7161

Dr Robert Ellis
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Dr Roger Harrison
Honorary Senior Lecturer


Dr Simon Hill
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Jong Kim
Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon / Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7170

Dr Andrew Sims
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2448738

Dr Christopher Snowden
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 233 6161

Dr Ruben Thanacoody
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer


Research Staff

Here you will find details of our staff for this research theme.

Susan Bissett
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and Oral & Dental Team Lead

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8319

Dr Amy Bowman
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7189

Dr Christopher Carey
Clinical Fellow/Honorary Consultant

Dr Sally Coulthard
Senior Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5232

Dr Carl Dale
Research Associate


Dr Gaurav Dhawan
Clinical Res Associate

Dr Michael Dunn
Mass Spectrometrist


Dr Jessica Dyson
NIHR Rare Disease Fellow/Honorary Con

Dr James Frith
NIHR Clinician Scientist, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Consultant Physician

Dr Peter Hanson
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8046

Dr David Hill
NC3Rs David Sainsbury Fellow

Telephone: 0191 208 7075

Dr Eric Hughes
Research Associate

Telephone: 0191 208 1164

Dr Christopher Johnson
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7991

Dr Paul Jowsey
Senior Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5827

Dr Amardeep Khanna
Clinical Research Associate

Telephone: 01912088782

Dr Ashleigh McConnell
Research Associate

Dr Stephanie Meyer
Research Associate

Dr Jeremy Palmer
Team Scientist

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5507

Dr Jehill Parikh
Research Associate

Dr Benjamin Pippard
Clinical Research Associate

Telephone: 01912081167

Eyman Rashdan
Research Assistant

Dr Fiona Smith
Senior Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1159

Dr Diana Tang
Associate Clinical Researcher

Dr Simon Wilkinson
Staff Scientist

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8537

Dr Lin Lee Wong
Clinical Research Associate