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.
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.