Dr Simon Bomken
Academic Clinical Lecturer

  • Email: s.n.bomken@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4300
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 4301
  • Address: Northern Institute for Cancer Research
    Paul O'Gorman Building
    Medical School
    Framlington Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4HH


2013 PhD, Newcastle University

2005 Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK

2002 MBBS (Hons), Newcastle University

1999 BMedSci (Hons), Newcastle University 


Academic Paediatric Association GBI
British Association for Cancer Research
Children's Cancer & Leukaemia Group (CCLG)- Junior Member
European Haematology Association
Paediatric Oncology Trainees Group (CCLG)

Honours and Awards

Mona McNaughton Prize - MBBS (Hons) final examination results 2002
Wolfson Scholar - BMedSci (Hons) 1998/9

Research Interests

Childhood B lineage malignancies - characterisation of cancer propagating cells

Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis 

Current Work 

Investigation of the self-renewal potential of leukaemia stem cells in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.  This work takes both a candidate approach and an unbiased, genome-wide approach to identify important elements of the genetic programmes allowing malignant cells to self-renew and propagate a malignancy.  As lymphoid cells have an inherent potential for clonal expansion, this work looks to identify elements of the clonal expansion programme of lymphoid cells which are harnessed in lymphoid malignancy.  It is therefore thought to be applicable to both B precursor and mature B cell diseases.


ACL post funded by NIHR 

Newcastle Healthcare Charity 

MRC Centenary Early Career Award

MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship

ACF post funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)