Meet Tom Crighton, the latest recruit at York University’s Jack Birch Unit.

30th November 2016

Tom, 23, from Liverpool is embarking on a PhD at the pioneering unit thanks to York Against Cancer which has funded his post.

Tom studied for his BSc at Swansea University, and took his MRes at Liverpool University before applying to join the JBU, where he will be assisting with the unit’s research into bladder cancer.

“Working at the JBU was really enticing to me,” said Tom, who began his project at the beginning of October. “It is a great opportunity to work with top-class scientists such as Professor Jenny Southgate and the rest of the team at the JBU, while also furthering my own experience in cancer biology research. I will be undertaking research that will potentially have a real translational value for patients and will hopefully help in developing knowledge of how and why people get bladder cancer and how to treat it.”

Tom’s work will focus on identifying different subtypes of bladder cancer based on their genetic and molecular signature. This will enable him to sub-classify them with the aim of finding treatments to best suit each sub-type of the disease.

After his three-year PhD Tom hopes to continue to work in the field of cancer biology.