Sean Whittaker

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Professor of cutaneous oncology

Biography

Current posts:

  • consultant dermatologist at Guys and St Thomas', 1999 - present

  • professor of cutaneous oncology division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine King's College London, 2007 - present 

  • clinical director genetics, rheumatology, infection, dermatology and allergy directorate, 2007 - present

  • joint lead for the GRIID Clinical Academic Group King's Health Partners, 2008 - present

  • specialist CRG commissioning lead for skin cancer, 2013 - present.

Previous posts:

  • research fellowship RPMS Hammersmith Hospital, 1987 - 1990
  • consultant dermatologist at Royal Free Hospital, 1993 - 1999

  • senior lecturer, division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine King's College London, 1997 - 2007

  • lead for skin cancer at Guys and St Thomas', 2005 - 2010

  • clinical director dermatology, allergy and sexual health directorate, 2003 - 2007

  • chairman/secretary EORTC Cutaneous Lymphoma Task Force, 1999 - 2009

  • secretary/treasurer International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas, 2009 - 2011
  • president International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas, 2011 - 2013.

Education and training

  • London Royal College of Physicians, FRCP, 1995
  • Postgraduate Thesis (Doctorate), MD, 1994
  • London Royal College of Physicians, MRCP, 1984

  • Manchester Medical School, MB ChB, 1981

Research interests

Clinical research in primary cutaneous lymphomas:

  • development of a clinical trials platform

  • the identification of prognostic factors in cutaneous lymphomas.

Translational research in primary cutaneous lymphomas:

  • development of molecular diagnostics

  • genetic (gene mutations and chromosomal copy number gains and losses) and epigenetic (Methylation/Acetylation/MicroRNA) abnormalities involved in dysregulation of activation and apoptotic pathways in malignant T-cells

  • mechanism of action of Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) Inhibitors in cutaneous T-cell lymphomas
  • development of biomarkers for assessment of treatment response and prognosis.

Awards

  • Neil Smith Memorial Lecturer 1996
  • FRCP 1995
  • MD 1993

Last updated: June 2021

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