David Argyle


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Current Research Interests

Mechanistic studies into canine disease, specifically the focus of my research is comparative cancer biology.  This involves studies on the stem cell basis of cancer through to the translation of new therapeutics into clinical development


David Argyle graduated from the University of Glasgow veterinary School and subsequently worked in general practice. He returned to Glasgow to complete a PhD in the department of Veterinary Pathology and then worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer in clinical oncology in the Department of Clinical Studies. In 2002, he became Associate Professor of clinical oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. In 2005 he returned to the UK to take the William Dick Chair of clinical studies at the University of Edinburgh. On his return he set up the R(D)SVS Cancer and Imaging Centre.  He in an RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Oncology, a Diplomat of the European College of Internal Medicine in Oncology and is co-scientific editor of the Journal of Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. Within the R(D)SVS he is the Dean of Veterinary Medicine and Head of School and is also the Deputy Head of The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicne.  he has overall responsibility for the School including it's research arm, the Roslin Institute. In 2016 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  In the same year he was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (for meritorious contributions to veterinary research).

Administrative Roles

Head of School

Research Interests

The Comparative Oncology and Stem Cell Research Group is a multidisciplinary team that draws its expertise from both clinical and laboratory trained staff and is further augmented by collaborations within the Edinburgh area research community (University of Edinburgh cancer research centre, The Roslin Institute) the USA and EU. Our approach to the integration of laboratory and clinical research make us well placed to carry out high quality translational studies. Many of the group members are also faculty members of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Collaborative Activity

Professor Ted Hupp

Professor Alan Murray

Professor Anthony Walton

Dr Stewart Smith

Professor Steve McLaughlin (Heriot-Watt University)

Professor Mark Bradley

Professor Andy Mount

Professor Ian Kunkler

Dr. Simon Langdon

Professor Joyce Tait (Innogen)

Dr. Jan Mol (Utrecht)


Professor David Argyle - Hounds and the Cancer Genes: Cats and Dogs Providing Clues to Treating Human Cancer

David presented a public lecture summarising his research interests as part of the University of Edinburgh's Medical Detectives lecture series.

Recorded on 19 November 2009 in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Cloning, Sequencing, Expression and Characterization of Feline Interferon-Gamm, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

External positions

Chair of Research, Veterinary Schools Council

1 Nov 2016 → …

Council Member, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

1 Nov 2011 → …

Executive, Veterinary Schools Council

1 Nov 2011 → …

Trustee, Dogs Trust

1 Nov 2010 → …

Chair of Canine Welfare Grants Commitee, Dogs Trust


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