Peter Abel

Senior Lecturer

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Maudland Building MB107a

+44 (0) 1772 89 5828

Subject Areas: Biomedical Sciences

Pete has worked in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist for 19 years, specialising in Haematology and originally having a background in Genetics and Evolution. He is currently the Course Leader for the PTP BSc (Hons) programme in Healthcare Science.

Full Profile

Pete completed his first degree at Leeds University which was a BSc(Hons) in Genetics in 1990. He then worked as a Biomedical Scientist for several North West NHS trusts and completed a Masters qualification in 1993 at Manchester Metropolitan University. This was a Fellowship in Haematology award and allowed him to further his career in Biomedical Science.

Since 2009 Pete has worked full-time at UCLan as a senior lecturer. During this time he has assumed the role of placement supervisor that involves co-ordinating student's work experience with local NHS trusts.

Pete completed his PhD at UCLan in 2018.

He is module leader for Haematology, Evolution and Genetics modules for both under and postgraduate students. His area of research is in neuro-oncology and is interested in immunosuppression and blood-borne biomarkers to enable diagnosis of brain tumours

Pete had an article published on The Conversation in July 2018 about the new anti-cancer therapy, called CAR-T, entitled ‘CAR-T therapy works for some blood cancers, but can we make it work for brain tumours?’

Pete had an article published in The Biochemist about CAR-T therapy in Brian Tumours.


Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Member of Brain Tumour North West research cluster. Project lead on identification of serum biomarkers and the investigation of immunosuppression in glioma.

External Activities

External Liaison for NHS trust placements