Andrea Pepper

Andrea Pepper

Professor of Cancer Biology

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Andrea is a laboratory-based cancer research scientist working on leukaemia and lymphoma research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). She originally trained as a biomedical scientist at St. Thomas’s hospital in London and then at King’s College Hospital before pursuing a career in research. The focus of Andrea’s research has been on the effect of the microenvironment on tumour proliferation and survival. This work has built on the main finding of her PhD, which was that the successful elimination of a tumour requires looking beyond the tumour itself to the effects of the surrounding microenvironment. To date, Andrea has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and have acquired a national reputation in her field, particularly for her expertise in the immunosuppressive and anti-apoptotic effect of the tumour microenvironment and modelling of tumour cell migration. Andrea has ongoing projects modelling the tumour microenvironment in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL). These are being used to study the signalling pathways and critical drivers involved in tumour migration and retention with the aim of identifying and testing novel therapeutic targets.

  • Modelling the tumour microenvironment and trafficking
  • Haematological Malignancies
  • Tumour cell signalling
  • Drug testing
  • Reader in Cancer Biology, 2019-2021

    Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex

  • Senior Lecturer, 2017-2019

    Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex

  • Lecturer, 2016-2017

    Department of Haematological Medicine, King’s College London

  • Senior Research Fellow, 1999-2016

    Department of Haematological Medicine, King’s College London

  • PhD Medicine, 1999

    King's College London

  • Biomedical and Foetal Medicine Scientist, 1983-1996

    Department of Haematology, St. Thomas’s Hospital NHS Trust, London. Department of Haematological Medicine and Harris Birthright Centre, King’s College NHS Trust London.

  • MSc and Fellowship in Haematology and Blood transfusion, 1988

    Institute of Biomedical Science