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Dr Phil Jones

Research Profile



Phil Jones is Professor of Cancer Development at the University of Cambridge, based at the MRC Cancer Unit, and is a Senior Group Leader at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.  Phil has a clinical practice Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he is an Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology specialising in treating skin cancers. 

He studied Medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities subsequently specialising in oncology.  Phil gained his PhD following research on epidermal stem cells with Fiona Watt in London, for which he was awarded the Medical Research Society Young Investigator Medal.  He went on to post-doctoral research in haemopoietic stem cells with Tariq Enver at the Institute of Cancer Research, London.  He completed specialist medical training in Oxford and was then awarded a Cancer Research UK Senior Clinical Fellowship. Phil has worked in the MRC Cancer Unit since 2003 and led the Stem Cells and Cancer Programme till 2015.  He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.  In 2015 his research group moved to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and he continues to collaborate closely with researchers at the MRC Cancer Unit on a range of projects.

Phil is also Director of Studies for Pre-clinical Medicine at Clare College Cambridge.