Dr Fiona James


I am an academic specialty registrar in Medical Oncology with an interest in the immune response to brain metastases.  I am currently undertaking an MRC funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship to research the role of dendritic cells in response to immune checkpoint blockade in brain metastases. 

I graduated from The University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BChir).  I also intercalated to receive my MA(Hons) in Neuroscience with my research project investigating remyelination in the central nervous system in response to demyelinating injuries.

I also extended my research experience through a research internship at CRUK Cambridge in ovarian cancer immunology.  In addition, I completed a set of internships at CRUK Southampton working on clinical studies around body composition and chemotherapy toxicity in early breast cancer. 

After graduating, I secured a competitive Academic Foundation Programme post through which I broadened my research skills by undertaking qualitative work around decision-making in intensive care units. 

I then took up a post as a NIHR funded Academic Clinical Fellow in Medical Oncology at The University of Leeds and joined Dr Mihaela Lorger’s Brain Metastasis Group.  This culminated in the award of an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship to allow me to further my work through a dedicated PhD training programme.

I also secured personal Wellcome Trust funding through an Early Career Research Fellowship, which expanded my experience in a variety of laboratory techniques. 


  • MB BChir, The University of Cambridge
  • MA Hons Cantab Neuroscience, The University of Cambridge
  • MRCP (London)
  • PG Certificate, Health Research, with merit, The University of Leeds
  • PG Diploma, Health Research, with merit, The University of Leeds