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Haematology Research Group

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Haematology Research Group

The Haematology Research Group is a network of seven labs across the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School. The researchers involved have shared interests in the molecular mechanisms active in normal and malignant haematology (the branch of medicine involving study and treatment of the blood). The broad remit of the Haematology Research Group is to increase understanding of the molecular changes that occur in blood cancers, with the ultimate aim of designing novel and effective therapies.
Taking a sample of blood from a test tube


The network adopts a range of translational, computational and biochemical approaches in the laboratory, to investigate the molecular mechanisms driving blood cancer. The group pools resources and ideas, to not only foster closer collaboration between the two Schools involved, but also University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust to maximise translational impact of research for patients.

In addition to laboratory based research, the group hosts vibrant and engaging seminar sessions to share and discuss research findings with the aim of training and inspiring the next generation of haematology scientists and doctors. Please consult Meet the team below to learn about specific research interests.

Abstract microscope image showing blood plasma

Research publications

For full list of publications, please consult individual staff profiles.

  • Jones JR, Ireland R. Morphological changes in a case of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Blood 2020 135 (25): 2324
  • Eleni Christoforidou, Libby Moody, Greig Joilin, Fabio A. Simoes, David Gordon, Kevin Talbot, Majid Hafezparast. The ALS-associated TDP-43M337V mutation dysregulates microglia-derived extracellular microRNAs in a sex-specific manner. bioRxiv 2023.11.30.569424; doi:
  • Cloete, I., Smith, V.M., Jackson, R.A. et al. Computational modeling of DLBCL predicts response to BH3-mimetics. npj Syst Biol Appl 9, 23 (2023).
  • Agnarelli, Alessandro, Mitchell, Simon, Caalim, Gillian, Wood, C David, Milton-Harris, Leanne, Chevassut, Timothy, West, Michelle J and Mancini, Erika J (2022) Dissecting the impact of bromodomain inhibitors on the IRF4-MYC oncogenic axis in multiple myeloma. Hematological Oncology, 40 (3). pp. 417-429. ISSN 0278-0232 
  • Olaitan, S, Wagstaff, M, Sevim, O, Akieme, R, Toska, V, Humphreys, C, Shah‐Goodwin, L, Bell, J, Chevassut, T and Morgan, R G (2022) [Letter to the Editor] Assessment of mononuclear cell populations derived from human umbilical cord blood. European Journal of Haematology. ISSN 0902-4441.
  • Sarika Khasnis, Hildegonda Veenstra, Michael J. McClellan, Opeoluwa Ojeniyi, C. David Wood, Michelle J. West; Regulation of B cell receptor signalling by Epstein–Barr virus nuclear antigens. Biochem J 9 December 2022; 479 (23): 2395–2417. doi:
  • Graham, Charlotte Elizabeth, Jozwik, Agnieszka, Quartey-Papafio, Ruby, Ioannou, Nikolaos, Metelo, Ana M, Scala, Carlo, Dickson, Glenda, Stewart, Orla, Almena-Carrasco, Maria, Peranzoni, Elisa, Ramsay, Alan G, Patten, Piers E M, Pertel, Thomas, Farzaneh, Farzin, Dupouy, Sandra, Pepper, Andrea and Benjamin, Reuben (2021) Gene-edited healthy donor CAR T cells show superior anti-tumour activity compared to CAR T cells derived from patients with lymphoma in an in vivo model of high-grade lymphoma. Leukemia. pp. 1-4. ISSN 0887-6924.
  • Slusarczyk, Magdalena, Serpi, Michaela, Ghazaly, Essam, Kariuki, Benson M, McGuigan, Christopher and Pepper, Chris (2021) Single Diastereomers of the Clinical Anticancer ProTide Agents NUC-1031 and NUC-3373 Preferentially Target Cancer Stem Cells In Vitro. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 64 (12). pp. 8179-8193. ISSN 0022-2623
  • Latif AL, Newcombe A, Li S, Gilroy K, Robertson NA, et al.BRD4-mediated repression of p53 is a target for combination therapy in AML.Nat Commun. 2021 Jan 11;12(1):241. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-20378-8.

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4 members of the HRG group

Work with us

The Haematology Research Group is a committed training centre for PhD students, Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Fellows in the field of haematology and will support early career researchers in joining the network in the future.

The network is currently seeking expressions of interest from prospective clinical research fellows who are both interested and motivated to undertake research studies in the field of blood cancer. Please use the contact details below or for individual members for all enquiries.