Professor Tim Bishop

Towards a better understanding of melanoma

Based at the University of Leeds, Professor Tim Bishop is a leading cancer geneticist working on melanoma skin cancer. Alongside co-investigator Professor Julia Newton-Bishop, Professor Bishop is heading a research programme looking into different factors that could affect the outcome for patients with this disease.

Having collected vast amounts of data and samples from melanoma patients over many years, the group is examining how genetic makeup, lifestyle and other factors like exposure to particular drugs or certain characteristics of the tumour can affect survival after the patient has been diagnosed. They’ll also be studying the involvement of the immune system in the disease and whether this can be affected by exposure to certain environmental factors, such as the sun. By sharing this work through GenoMEL, an international collaboration on melanoma research, Professor Bishop will also speed up further developments in the field so that patients can benefit from the findings even sooner.

Through this important work, Professor Bishop’s team will hopefully discover new ways to predict how well melanoma patients are likely to do, which could help doctors make treatment decisions. On top of this, the research could identify certain harmful things that patients should avoid, potentially improving survival.

You can read about Professor Bishop’s work identifying genes linked to skin cancer in this press release.


Cancer biology

Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds