Professor Alan Ashworth FRS is Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). He is also Professor of Molecular Biology and Leader of the Gene Function team in The Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre at the ICR.

Professor Ashworth completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Imperial College and achieved his PhD in Biochemistry at University College London. He joined the ICR in 1986 as a Post Doctoral Scientist in the Section of Cell and Molecular Biology and in 1999 he was appointed the first Director of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre.

Professor Ashworth’s laboratory focuses upon using genetic principles to understand cancer biology and then using this information to change the way patients are treated.


  • 2011–present
    Chair in Molecular Biology, Institute of Cancer Research


  • 2004 
    University College London, PhD Biochemistry
  • 2002 
    Imperial College London, BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Biochemistry