Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Lisa Russell
Lisa Russell, NURF

Following my PhD at the University of Southampton (2007) I completed 4 years as a post-doctoral scientist both at Southampton and Newcastle University. In 2011 I was awarded a Kay Kendall Intermediate Fellowship for 4 years to begin my transition to independence. In 2015 I was awarded a Newcastle University Research Fellowship (NURF) to further establish my own group and obtain more senior authorship papers. This fellowship gives me salary support for 5 years, consumables and a PhD studentship. I have been allocated a mentor external to my research area and Institute allowing me to develop my career plan with an impartial academic. This has been invaluable and highlighted a route to promotion and also supported me through a career break.

My group has a long standing interest in the involvement of immunoglobulin heavy chain translocations (IGH-t) in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. I am currently continuing to unravel the clinical, genomic and transcriptomic landscapes of patients with these translocations. We have identified novel aberrations within the genomes of these patients and we are investigating the functional consequence these aberrations may have in both cell line models and primary patient material.