Lab Head: Nick Leslie Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering

The Cancer Biology Lab

Nick Leslie

Nick studied for a first degree in Genetics at Cambridge University and a PhD at Glasgow University with David Sherratt. After PostDoctoral research with Paul Harrison at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, he moved to Dundee to work with Peter Downes and Philip Cohen at the inception of their pharmaceutical collaboration, the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy. Nick was appointed as an Independent Investigator in 2002 and as an RCUK Academic Fellow in 2006. In January 2013, Nick was appointed as a Reader in the new Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengeneering at Heriot Watt University.

Nisha Kriplani

Nisha is from India where she did her Bachelor’s (BSc Biotechnology) from University of Rajasthan and Masters’ (MSc Microbial Gene Technology) from Madurai Kamaraj University. She joined Nick Leslie’s lab in January 2013 as a PhD student developing FRET based reporters for PI3K/PTEN regulated effector proteins. In her spare time she enjoys listening music, travelling and visiting new places, watching movies. She loves wild life camping, cannoeing, white water rafting, Kettlebells and Yoga.

Miguel Hermida

Miguel joined the lab in September 2014 as a PhD student, having completed his Masters in Molecular Biomedicine at the Universidad Autonoma in Madrid. HIs project is to study cell signalling and tumour cell biology using novel 3D models and involves collaboration with Will Shu's bioengineering group.

Helen Wise

Helen started her PostDoc in the lab in August 2015 having studied influenva virology in Edinburgh and Cambridge. Her project is to study the role of PTEN in prostate cancer.


Virginia Alvarez Garcia

Virginia joined the lab in September 2015 as a postdoc, having completed her PhD studying the roles of melatonin in Breast Cancer in the University of Cantabria. Her project is to develop new methods to detect and study tumour DNA in the circultion of cancer patients in collaboration with Maiwenn Kersaudy Kerhoas' microfluidic bioengineering group as well as the clinicians Olga Oikonomidou and Paul Brennan.


Dinesh Kumar

Dinesh came to Edinburgh in October 2016 as a postdoc, having completed his PhD and first postdoc in Liverpool, studying the tumour microenvironment in Oesophageal Cancer with Andrea Varro and Graham Dochray. He is contining this interest in tumour biology here, developing 3D bioprinting methods to manufacture brain tumour constructs, funded by the Brain Tumour Charity.




See also past lab members