Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Staff Profile

Professor James Allan

Professor of Cancer Genetics


Roles and Responsibilities

Professor of Cancer Genetics at Newcastle University


1992 BSc (Honours) first class in Applied Biology from Liverpool Polytechnic

1996 DPhil, University of York

Previous Positions

1990 - 1991, Research student, Molecular Oncology, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Alderley Park, Cheshire, U.K.

1992 - 1996, DPhil. student, Department of Biology, University of York, York, U.K.

1996 - 1998,  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Cancer Cell Biology, Division of Toxicology, School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (Leukemia Society of America Fellow).

1998 – 2001,  Independent Research Fellow, Molecular Epidemiology Unit, Academic Unit of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K. (Kay Kendall Leukaemia Research Fellow).

2001 – 2004, Senior Research Fellow, Epidemiology and Genetics Unit, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K.

2004 – 2007, Independent Principal Investigator, Department of Biology, University of York. York, U.K.

2007 - 2015, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Carcinogenesis, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.


Research Interests

Acute myeloid leukaemia - genetic susceptibility, disease prognostication, disease evolution, tumour heterogeneity, development of novel therapies.

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia - genetic susceptibility, disease prognostication

Therapy-induced cancer and other treatment complications - genetic susceptibility and pathogenesis.

Esteem Indicators

Leukemia Society of America Fellow, Harvard University (1997)

Kay Kendall Leukaemia Research Fellow, Leeds University (1999)

American Association for Cancer Research Molecular Epidemiology Award for Excellence (2003)



JGW Patterson Foundation

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Newcastle Healthcare Charity

Bright Red

Children with Cancer

Gilead Sciences