Valerie Speirs

Professor of Experimental Pathology & Oncology

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Summary: I lead the LICAP Breast Research group.

Teaching Commitments: Postgraduate Research Tutor Project supervisor intercalated BSc programme, MRES, MD, PhD RESS tutor (ad hoc)


Prof Valerie Speirs obtained a BSc in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen followed by her PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Glasgow. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2007 (published works) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. Her scientific career has included spells at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto , Canada , and the universities of Liverpool and Hull .

She is currently Professor of Experimental Pathology & Oncology within the Leeds Institute of Cancer Studies & Pathology at the University of Leeds where her research portfolio focuses on oestrogen receptor biology, endocrine resistant breast cancer, male breast cancer and developing improved in vitro models of breast cancer to explore the role of the stroma.

She plays an active role in the Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank and is PI of the Leeds centre and was inaugural chair of the Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank operations group, overseeing the successful launch of the Tissue Bank to the research community in 2012. She is a member of the Sloane Steering Group, the Translational Subgroup of the NCRI Breast Clinical Studies Group and the Confederation of Cancer Biobanks Biosample and Data quality Working Group.

She is a former member of the Breast Cancer Campaign Scientific Advisory Board, the Wales Cancer Bank Scientific Advisory Board and the British Association for Cancer Research Executive Committee. She is Associate Editor, BMC Cancer (2012-) and  OncoTarget (2015-) and Corresponding editor, Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation (2010-).