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CBIS welcomes Prof Ashok Venkitaraman, Director, MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge

Ashok VenkitaramanProfessor Ashok Venkitaraman

CBIS is pleased to welcome Prof Ashok Venkitaraman, Director, MRC Cancer Unit, The Ursula Zoellner Professor of Cancer Research, University of Cambridge

He will be arriving in Singapore on 13 September 2016 and will be with us until 22 October 2016.

He will be spending half of his time at MBI and half at CBIS. His CBIS office is room #02-15. His email is


Ashok is the Ursula Zoellner Professor of Cancer Research at the University of Cambridge, and the Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cancer Unit. He trained in medicine at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, before completing his PhD at University College London. Ashok was a faculty member at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, before appointment to the Zoellner Professorship in 1998.

Ashok is widely recognized for his contributions to understanding the genetics and biology of cancer, particularly in elucidating the impact of genome instability on carcinogenesis and cancer therapy. His research has not only illuminated the fundamental mechanisms governing genome repair, replication and segregation during cell division, but has also provided insight into their connections with cancer pathogenesis and treatment.

Translation of these insights to clinical practice is a major focus in Ashok’s current work. He has been instrumental in establishing initiatives that link chemists, physicists, structural biologists, cancer biologists and clinicians in Cambridge and elsewhere, with the aim to pioneer innovative new approaches for the discovery and early clinical development of next-generation medicines.

Ashok was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, London, in 2001 and a Member of the EMBO European academy, Heidelberg, in 2004.

Learn more about Prof Venkitaraman.