Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Staff Profile

Ashwin Sachdeva

Urology Foundation Research Scholar


Advanced prostate cancer remains incurable and accounts for over 10,000 deaths in the UK each year. Mitochondria are the powerhouse or batteries of cells, and are increasingly thought to play a role in the development and progression of prostate cancer. As part of my PhD, I am currently looking into whether age-related accumulation of mitochondrial DNA mutations truly contributes to prostate cancer development. By better understanding the potential role mitochondrial DNA mutations have in prostate carcinogenesis, I hope to ultimately identify new targets for treatment of prostate cancer.


  • Urology Foundation Research Scholar (based jointly at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research)
  • Specialty Registrar (StR) in Urological Surgery


  • MB BS, Newcastle University
  • MSc in Interdisciplinary Medicine & Engineering, University of Manchester
  • MRCS, The Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • PGCert in Clinical Research, Newcastle University

Professional Memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • British Association of Urological Surgeons
  • European Association of Urology


Areas of Interest

  • Prostate carcinogenesis
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Transgenic models of prostate cancer
  • Novel technologies (including infrared spectroscopy)
  • Clinical outcomes research

Funding Received

  • JGW Patterson Foundation, 2017-19
  • The Urology Foundation & Rosetrees Trust Research Scholarship, 2016-18
  • The Urology Foundation Research Scholarship, 2015-16
  • Cancer Research UK Research Bursary, 2014-15
  • The UCLH Charity, 2013
  • Isaac Shapera Award for Medical Research, 2013
  • University of Manchester Intellectual Property, 2010