Imperial College London

ProfessorGeraldineThomas

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Chair in Molecular Pathology
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 3311 7342geraldine.thomas

 
 
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Location

 

11L05Lab BlockCharing Cross Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

A senior academic specialising in the molecular pathology of cancer, I am committed to developing infrastructures for molecular pathology research, for use by my own research group and others.   I strongly believe that public involvement and information is a key part of academic research, and am actively involved in the public communication of research, particularly with respect to radiation protection and biobanking.  

QUALIFICATION AND PERSONAL HISTORY

BSc in Pharmacology, University of Bath 1982

PhD in Pathology, Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff 1988

Postdoctoral work in Departments of Pathology, Cardiff (until 1992), and Cambridge 1993-2002

Senior Lecturer in Oncology, Swansea University 2002-2006 promoted to Professor of Molecular Oncology 2006

Director Scientific Services, Wales Cancer Bank 2007- to  date

Joined Imperial in 2008 as Professor of Molecular Pathology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Molecular pathology of thyroid and breast cancer

Tissue Banking

Health effects of radiation

MAIN RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

 Our group has two main areas of interest:  tissue banking and biospecimen science and the molecular pathology of thyroid and breast cancer.

We coordinate the Imperial College Healthcare Tissue Bank (www.imperial.ac.uk/tissuebank), the Chernobyl Tissue Bank (www.chernobyltissuebank.com) and Professor Thomas is Director for Scientific Services for the Wales Cancer Bank (www.walescancerbank.com).  In addition to providing tissue banking services for others, we also develop IT infrastructure to add research data to stored samples, in association with Dr Sarah Butcher’s group based in Bioinformatics Support Services at Imperial.

Our main research focus centres on the molecular biology of thyroid cancer, in particular radiation associated thyroid cancer.  However, we also collaborate with others in projects looking to identify biomarkers for cancer prediction and prognosis.

COLLABORATORS

Professors JA Fagin and RM Tuttle, MSKCC, New York

Professor V LiVolsi, University of Pennsylvania

Professor J Hunt, University of Arkansas

Professor G Fadda, Catholic University of Rome

Professor S Yamashita, Nagasaki University

Academician MD Tronko, Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Kiev

Academician E Lushinikov, MRRC RAMS, Obninsk

Professor H Zitzelsberger, HMGU, Munich

Dr C Maenaut, ULB

Professor B Jarzab, Institute of Oncology, Gliwice

Professor B Elger, University of Basel

Professors R Grimes, B Lee, Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Imperial

Professor A Sherry, Dalton Nuclear Institute, Manchester University

Professors M Mason, Dr A Parry-Jones, Cardiff University

Dr R Butler, Wales Genetic Service,

Dr S Butcher, BSS, Imperial

Dr F Betsou, Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg

 

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Member of the EORTC Pathobiology Group (from 2008)

Member of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland (from 1998).

 

EXTERNAL COMMITTEES

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Personal Medicine Consortium of Luxembourg (from June 2011)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, German Biobanking Initiative (from 2010)

Scientific Advisor, Safer Medicines Campaign (from 2010)   

UK-Japan Nuclear Dialogue (from 2012)

 

INTERNAL COMMITTEES

Designated Individual for the HTA Research Licence

Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Health, Safety and Governance (Chair)

Imperial College Tissue Management Committee (Chair)

 

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT COURSES

         Graduate Entry Medicine

         MRes Clinical Research

POSTGRADUATE TEACHING AND SUPERVISION

         PhD supervisor

         MD supervisor

 

EDITORIAL BOARDS  

         Endocrine Pathology

         Journal of Biopreservation and Biobanking

         Clinical Oncology

         Thyroid

 

REVIEWER  

         Journal of Biopreservation and Biobanking

         Thyroid

         Journal of Radiological Protection

         Clinical Oncology

         Medical Research Council (MRC)

         Cancer Research UK

         National Research Foundation of Luxembourg

Publications

Handkiewicz-Junak D, Swierniak M, Rusinek D, et al., 2016, Gene signature of the post-Chernobyl papillary thyroid cancer, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Vol:43, ISSN:1619-7070, Pages:1267-1277

Wilson C, Gossiel F, Leonard R, et al., 2016, Goserelin, as an ovarian protector during (neo)adjuvant breast cancer chemotherapy, prevents long term altered bone turnover, Journal of Bone Oncology, Vol:5, ISSN:2212-1366, Pages:43-49

Mathieson W, Betsou F, Myshunina T, et al., 2016, The effect of long-term -80°C storage of thyroid biospecimens on RNA quality and ensuring fitness for purpose., J Clin Pathol

Thomas GA, Symonds P, 2016, Radiation Exposure and Health Effects - is it Time to Reassess the Real Consequences?, Clinical Oncology, Vol:28, ISSN:0936-6555, Pages:231-236

Mathieson W, Marcon N, Antunes L, et al., 2016, A Critical Evaluation of the PAXgene Tissue Fixation System:  Morphology, Immunohistochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Proteomics., Am J Clin Pathol, Vol:146, Pages:25-40

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