Health Protection Research Unit for Chemical & Radiation Threats & Hazards

Staff Profile

Dr Paul Jowsey

Senior Research Associate



BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Newcastle University)
PhD (Cancer Research Unit, Newcastle University)

Previous Positions

Postdoctoral research associate, MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee (Oct '02 - Feb '04)
MRC Career Development Fellow, MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee (Feb '04 - Feb'06)


Research Interests

Identification of novel cellular mechanisms that regulate genomic instability

Investigating potential adverse effects associated with medical radiation

Current Work

Novel mechanisms regulating the microcephalin-1 tumour suppressor

The impact of BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations on radiation sensitivity

Research Roles

Principal Investigator


Postgraduate Supervision

Co-supervision of PhD students (one current)

Supervision of BSc, MRes and MSci students


Department of Health, £309,586 (Principal Investigator), 'Quantifying the Potential Genotoxic Effects of Ionising Radiation on BRCA1/2 Mutant Cells' (November 2016 - April 2019).

NIHR, £3,387,712 (co-applicant), establishment of the Health Protection Research Unit in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards' at Newcastle University (April 2014 - March 2020). 

Newcastle University PVC Discretionary Fund, £3,800 (Principal Investigator, July 2016 - January 2017).

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, £8,300 (Principal Investigator, April 2015 - March 2016).

Home Office, £1,100,000 (Co-applicant), 'Chronic Health Effects after Exposure to Chemical Agents' (March 2006 - March 2010).


Undergraduate Teaching


Undergraduate research project supervision