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Dr Lisa Shaw

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Lead of the Neuro-oncology Research Group
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Dr Lisa Shaw teaches across all Bioscience and Pharmacy programmes within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. She is the Course Leader for MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy and MRes Cancer Biology programmes and the Lead of the Neuro-oncology Research group at UCLan, which forms part of the Brain Tumour North West research consortium ( Lisa has established national and international collaborations with academic groups and industry. She is an experienced postgraduate research student supervisor and examiner.

The Neuro-oncology research group ( at UCLan is performing cutting edge research investigating several novel therapeutics, delivery systems and diagnosis regimens for brain tumours and is generously supported by Inbetween Ears. As the Lead for the neuro-oncology research group, Lisa coordinates a cross-functional team of chemists, pharmaceutics pharmacologists and biology specialists to deliver a comprehensive programme of brain tumour research which aligns with the needs of key stakeholders within the neuro-oncology field. The neuro-oncology research group is a partner within the Brain Tumour North West research consortium which is a strategic alliance with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Walton Centre, University of Liverpool and the University of Wolverhampton. Lisa’s own research currently involves the use of aptamers as diagnostic and therapeutic agents for all grades of adult brain tumours and the use of micro RNAs as biomarkers for brain tumour diagnosis and prognosis. View a summary of Lisa’s research. Lisa also manages one of the State-of the-Art laboratories within the Institution.

Lisa teaches immunology and endocrinology to all years of Biosciences and Pharmacy and cancer biology to postgraduate taught Masters. Lisa has received awards and nominations from students in recognition of her teaching. Lisa is Research Degrees Tutor for the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences which facilitates research governance within the university. She is the Disability coordinator for the school which involves ensuring the dissemination of information to ensure inclusive and best teaching practice. Lisa Is A Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

Lisa obtained a Bachelor’s degree on an accredited Biomedical Science degree programme at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002. She undertook a PhD programme in stem cells with Intercytex Ltd and the University of Manchester and obtained a PhD in Cell Biology in 2006. She then went on to undertake a post-doctoral position with University of Manchester and St. Mary’s Hospital between 2006-2009. Lisa Joined UCLan as lecturer in 2009 and became a member of the neuro-oncology research group working on brain tumours to establish her own research and teaching career. Lisa progressed to Senior Lecturer in 2015 and during this time has developed international collaborations with academic groups in Australia, Italy and Brazil and industry in the UK and America. Lisa has discussed brain tumour research on several occasions on BBC Radio Lancashire and appeared in numerous newspaper articles to discuss the research and fundraising ventures. Lisa has done a parachute jump to raise money for a local brain tumour charity and organised charitable fundraising events within Preston area. Lisa is an experienced reviewer of for publications in high impact quality journals and competitive grant applications. She is a member of the British Neuro-oncology Society and Aptamer Society.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2013, UCLan
  • PhD Cell Biology, University of Manchester, 2006
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2002.
  • Platform Presentation “Selective targeting to glioma with nucleic acid aptamers”. Awarded second prize at BNOS conference in 2013.
  • Poster Presentation “Glioma Specific Target Identification with Aptamers”. Awarded first prize at the British Neuropathological Society and Society of British Neurological Surgeons conferences in 2014.
  • Cancer
  • Brain Tumours
  • Aptamers
  • MicroRNA
  • Blood Brain Barrier
  • In Vivo Models
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Member of British Neuro oncology Society
  • Member of the Aptamer Society