Prof Robert ClarkePhD

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Professor of Breast Biology

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Director of the Manchester Breast Centre, which comprises 31 basic, translational and clinician scientists active in breast cancer research:

Founder Member and Treasurer, European Network for Breast Development and Cancer (ENBDC):

Founder Member, EurOPDX Consortium:

President (2012-2014) and Board Member, International Association for Breast Cancer Research:

Editorial Board: Breast Cancer Research and Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia

Latest Publications:

Santiago-Gomez A, Kedward T, Simões BM, Dragoni I, NicAmhlaoibh R, Trivier E, Sabin V, Simoes BM, Gee JM, Sims AH, Howell SJ and Clarke RB (2019) PAK4 regulates stemness and progression in endocrine resistant ER-positive metastatic breast cancer, Cancer Letters, 458:66-75.

Kitson SJ, Rosser M, Fischer DP, Marshall KM, *Clarke RB and *Crosbie EJ (2019) Targeting endometrial cancer stem cell activity with metformin is inhibited by patient-derived adipocyte-secreted factors. Cancers, 11, 653. *Co-Senior Authors


I am currently Professor of Breast Biology leading the Breast Cancer Now Research Unit and Director of the Manchester Breast Centre, based at the Oglesby Cancer Research Building.  My undergraduate BSc studies were in Biology at the University of Sussex and the Université de Grenoble.  Following two and half years as a Research Assistant with Professor Potten at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, I studied the control of proliferation in the normal and neoplastic human mammary gland for my PhD at The University of Manchester (1995). Subsequently, my post-doctoral training was with Dr Liz Anderson in the Clinical Research Department of The Christie, Manchester, and in 2001, I returned to The University of Manchester as a Group Leader in the Division of Cancer Sciences. I was Lecturer and Cancer Research UK Research Fellow from 2001-2006, a Senior Lecturer and Breast Cancer Now Research Fellow from 2006-2013 and a Reader in Breast Biology from 2014.


BSc (Hons), PhD

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Service on committees

Breast Cancer Now Catalyst Grants Committee (Europe), 2016-

Organising committee for the 12th European Network for Breast Development and Cancer (ENBDC) Workshop, Luzern, Switzerland, March 26th-28th 2020.

Organising Committee for the 2nd BACR Special Conference on Breast Cancer, Newcastle-Gateshead, October 9th - 11th, 2019.

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Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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