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Dr Arran Turnbull

Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader

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Education/Academic qualification

2009Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
Clinical Biomarkers of Response to Neoadjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer: Exploring the Potential of Gene Expression Data Integration
2006Master of Science, Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
Genetics and Pathway Medicine
2003Bachelor of Science, Heriot-Watt University
Molecular Biology
2015Bachelor of Medicine, University of Glasgow

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseBreast Cancer, Bioinformatics, Genetics and Gene Expression, Oncology


Dr Arran Turnbull is a postdoctoral research fellow leading the lab-based research team as part of the Edinburgh Breast Cancer Now Research Team at the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Arran's research work focuses primarily on understanding, predicting and treating resistance to endocrine therapy in breast cancer patients.

Arran's undergraduate honours degree was in molecular biology at Heriot-Watt University and this was followed by a masters by research degree in immunology, genetics and pathway medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Arran graduated from his PhD in oncology at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and took up a post-doctoral research position in the Edinburgh Breast Cancer Now Research Team, leading the lab-based research and a number of local and international collaborations. In 2014 Arran went on to study medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Arran's PhD focused on the successful development and validation of a translational predictive test for endocrine therapy response in breast cancer for which he, the research team and the University of Edinburgh now hold the UK patent. This test has been successfully validated in several independent cohorts of patients and is moving towards a prospective clinical trial both in the UK and USA.

Arran is also the principal investigator of research projects focused on DCIS, radiotherapy response, microwave radiometry for breast cancer diagnosis and prostate cancer.

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Modern Microwave Thermometry for Breast Cancer

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Preoperative Endocrine Therapy

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  3. Personalized medicine in cancer: where are we today?

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  4. Molecular changes in lobular breast cancers in response to endocrine therapy

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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