Professor Susan Short


Professor Short is a clinical oncologist with a specialist research interest in treating adults with primary brain tumours. Professor Short is a clinical oncologist with a specialist research interest in treating adults with primary brain tumours. She trained at King’s College London and took up a post as Senior Lecturer at University College London in 2004, where she ran a translational research group as CRUK Clinician Scientist and Senior Fellow. She moved to Leeds in 2012 as professor of Clinical Oncology and Neuro-Oncology and currently leads the brain cancer research section at Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology.

Professor Short’s major research interests are in the optimization of radiotherapy for patients with gliomas, particularly through improved understanding of mechanisms of radioresistance in stem cell populations. Her current work is funded through MRC, CRUK, The Brain Tumour Charity, BTRS and PPR Foundation and also includes projects investigating the use of micro-RNAs as biomarkers and targets and investigation of novel and re-purposed drugs as cytotoxics in glioma.

Professor Short has major collaborations with other Group leaders in LICAP with joint projects in glioma tumour vasculature and migration (Mavria), stem cell biology (Wurdak ), glioma genomics (Stead) and immunology (Cook). Significant external collaborations include researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research (Melcher), University of Glasgow (Chalmers), Brigham Women’s Hospital and The University of Harvard (Lawler) and The University of Hamburg (Kriegs) amongst others.

She is a member of the EU INSERT consortium investigating novel imaging techniques applied to glioma patients. \n Prof Short runs a portfolio of clinical studies for patients with brain tumours including early phase studies investigating the use of oncolytic viruses as immune adjuvants and the activity of inhibitors of DNA repair and autophagy as radiation and chemotherapy sensitisers.

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Professor of Clinical Oncology and Neuro-Oncology


MBBS (London), BSc (London) MRCP, FRCR, PhD

Current and previous roles


Professor of Clinical Oncology and Neuro-Oncology, Leeds.


Cancer Research UK Senior Clinical Research Fellow,

Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, UCL.

Academic Visitor, Gurdon Lab, University of Cambridge, CRUK Clinician Scientist.

CRC Research Fellow, Gray Laboratory.

Supervision Topics

Glioma and Radiotherapy

Postgraduate research students

Ryan Matthew (Clinical) PhD 2014-2017

Barbara da Silva PhD 2014-2017

Teklu Egnuni PhD 2015-2018

Emily Johnstone PhD 2015-2018

Sophie Taylor PhD 2015-2018

Eleanor Cawthorne PhD 2016-2019

Professional Activities

Section head, Brain Cancer research, LICAP

Council member, British Neuro Oncology Society

Work Stream 1 Chair, Translational Radiotherapy Research Group

Co-Chair, Translational funding committee Institute du Cancer National, France

Panel member, Specialist Commissioning Group for proton treatment \n Trustee, the Cyclotron Trust\nGroup Members

Gary Shaw

Tom Ward

Ruth Morton

Anke Bruning-Richardson

Erica Watson

Angela Bennett


  • MBBS
  • BSc
  • MRCP
  • FRCR
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • British Neuro Oncology Society
  • Society of Neuro Oncology
  • The Cyclotron Trust
  • The Association of Radiation Research
  • CTRad
  • European Association of Neuro Oncology
  • The Royal College of Radiologists

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • The Radiotherapy Research Group
  • Brain Cancer Research Group
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