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The Upper GI Translational Research group studies biomarkers and drug resistance mechanisms in cancers of the oesophagus, stomach and pancreas.

The group incorporates a comprehensive research programme of research laboratory, tissue and plasma biobanking and a clinical trials in order to translate scientific discoveries into clinical practice.

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Dr Turkington is open to PhD applications in the fields of;

  • Laboratory based investigations of novel drugs and biomarkers

  • Discovery of resistance mechanisms to therapy

  • Innovative biomarker development using clinical samples

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  • Oesophageal Patients’ Association
    Dr Turkington is a member of the Oesophageal Patient’s Association (OPA) Steering
    Committee and am an active participant in outreach and fundraising events for the OPA.
    The OPA is a patient support and fundraising group for patients with oesophageal cancer
    and their events are often attended by local MLA’s, providing opportunities to discuss
    research funding with local government.
  • Friends of the Cancer centre
    Dr Turkington is also an active fundraiser for the Friends of the Cancer Centre


Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology

Upper Gastrointestinal Translational Research Group


Research students

PhD Title: Molecular Biology and Biomarker Development of AKT Inhibition in Gastro-oesophageal Adenocarcinoma.

Name: Ms Lauren Cairns
Years of Study: 2
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Identification of Targetable Mediators of Resistance to Neo-Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma

Name: Dr Rosalie Douglas
Years of Study: 2
Country: Malaysia

PhD Title: A Pathways-based Approach to Identify Determinants of Drug Resistance in Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma (OAC)

Name: Niamh McCabe
Years of Study: 1
Country: Ireland

PhD Title: Identification of Novel Molecular Biomarkers Predictive of Benefit to Neo-adjuvant Chemotherapy in Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma

Name: Éilis Sutton
Years of Study: 1
Country: Ireland

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