The Team

Geoff Pilkington, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Neuro-oncology, heads the brain tumour research team at the University of Portsmouth. Geoff has spent his entire career in brain tumour research, having started work on chemical neuro-carcinogenesis where he studied brain cancer stem cells and brain tumour development at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in the early 1970s and subsequently spent 23 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, latterly as Professor of Experimental Neuro-oncology. In 2003 he moved to the School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, as Professor of Cellular & Molecular Neuro-oncology & Director of Research. Over the years the research focus of his group has been development of models for the study of intrinsic brain tumours, elucidation of the mechanisms underlying diffuse local invasive behaviour in glioma, delivery systems for passage of agents across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and development of novel strategies for mitochondrial mediation of apoptosis in glioma. He has published numerous papers on the results of his research on human glioma and has developed various “all human” three-dimensional in vitro models to study brain tumour invasion and the BBB.


For more information on individual team members, please follow the links below.

The Brain Tumour Research Centre Team

Head of Centre – Prof Geoff Pilkington
Deputy Head of Centre – Dr Helen Fillmore
PA to Head of Centre – Mrs Patries Fisher
Senior Research Fellow & Clinical Liaison and Ethics Co-ordinator – Dr Sam Murray
Senior Research Fellow – Dr Rhiannon McGeehan 
Senior Research Fellow – Dr Richard Hill
Research Fellow – Dr Zaynah Maherally
Research Fellow – Dr Sam Higgins
Research Fellow – Dr Elisabetta Caspani
Senior Research Fellow – Dr James Smith
Honorary Visiting Researcher – Dr Peter Nunn
Invited Senior Research Fellow – Dr Patricia Madureira
PhD Students