Professor Dean Fennell, PhD FRCP

Professor FennellChair of Thoracic Medical Oncology

Cancer Research UK Centre Leicester
University of Leicester and
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Contact Details

  • Tel: 0116 258 7603
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  • Office: Level 2, Osborne Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester Royal Infirmary, and Laboratory 411, 4th Floor, Hodgkin Building.
  • Academic Secretary: Linda Willis, email:, Tel: 0116 258 7602
  • Clinical Secretary: Sarah Pascale, email:, Tel: 0116 258 7632


    Dean Fennell initially qualified with a first class degree in Pharmacology followed by Medicine and Surgery from University College London. After basic specialist training at UCL, Hammersmith, Brompton, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London he obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, followed by a PhD in Oncology as a MRC Clinical research fellow in UCL. He completed training in Medical Oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and then undertook back-to-back Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellowships based at the CRUK Centre in Belfast, until his current appointment in 2012. He was elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 2007. He served two terms on the board of the EORTC, leads a translational research laboratory and international clinical trials portfolio focused on translating novel precision medicine strategies from the lab to the clinic. He the current president of the International Mesothelioma interest group, and is co-chairing the next global meeting in the UK in 2016, and a planning committee member of the 2016 IASLC world lung cancer conference. Professor Fennell has over 100 publications in journals including Lancet, Lancet Oncology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Nature Communications and Journal of the National Cancer Institute.Research Interests


    To view all of Professor Fennell's publications, please use the link: PubMed Publication Listing

Supervision of Research Students

  • Dr Ed Law, PhD

Post Doctoral Scientists

  • Dr Sara Busacca
  • Dr Shona Elshaw

Academic Distinction and National Profile

To view Professor Fennell's academic distinctions and national profiles, please click on this link: Academic Distinction and National Profile

In The News

Professor Fennell has appeared in many newspaper/media articles.  To read the stories, please click on this link: News Articles.

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