Professor Gillies McKenna
Professor Gillies McKenna is the director of our Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology and until April 2017, was head of the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on understanding effects of radiotherapy on cells and how cancers can become resistant to it.
Radiotherapy is a lifesaving cancer treatment. It kills cancer cells by damaging them so they’re unable to divide and grow. Professor McKenna and his team are studying the proteins that normally repair damaged DNA to find ways to enhance the effects of radiotherapy.
Their work is helping to improve radiotherapy techniques so that more people are successfully treated and experience a better quality of life.