Dr Ashley Sunderland

Dr Ashley Sunderland


I graduated with a First Class MSci Hons in Biomedicine from Lancaster University, in 2015. I first joined the University of Leeds in 2016 as a PhD student, in the now Leeds Institute of Medical Research, at St James’. My PhD thesis, entitled ”Transcriptomic Profiling and Molecular Characterisation of Dormant and Proliferating Breast Cancer Cells in the Brain”, was awarded in 2020. I was previously a member of the Brain Metastasis Group, supervised by Dr Mihaela Lorger

In 2019, I joined the Discovery and Translational Science Department (DTSD), Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM), as a Research Fellow in Molecular Biology. I currently work under the direction of Dr Richard Pease. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I was stationed for 5 months from April 2020 at the NIHR National Biosample Centre, the largest of the UK’s Lighthouse Labs, to assist in establishing mass-scale population testing for SARS-CoV-2. 

Research interests

My research is focused on identifying the origin of plasma FXIII-A and defining the roles of cellular FXIII-A.


  • PhD
  • MSci Hons Biomedicine (First Class)

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Biology

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Discovery and Translational Science