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Dr Ed Schwalbe

Associate Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

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Ed began his career with a BSc in Genetics from Leicester University. After working for several years in research labs focussed on medical and human genetics, Ed completed a Master's degree in Bioinformatics, again at Leicester University. After becoming interested in the analysis of large biological datasets during this course, he subsequently moved to Newcastle University to study for a PhD in cancer genomics in Professor Steve Clifford's lab, where his project investigated the molecular sub-classification of the childhood brain tumour, medulloblastoma, using genetic and epigenetic techniques.

After finishing the PhD, he continued working at Newcastle University as a postdoc, where his primary research role involved the continuation of work that arising from his PhD and undertaking collaborative research with investigators based at Bonn University and Malawi.

In October 2013, Ed moved to Northumbria as a Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics. Since then, he has continued to investigate childhood cancers, aiming at helping translate biological insights into clinically meaningful tests, and has extensive experience in the analysis of complex biological datasets.

Campus Address

Northumberland Building 447

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Time, pattern, and outcome of medulloblastoma relapse and their association with tumour biology at diagnosis and therapy: a multicentre cohort study, Hill, R., Richardson, S., Schwalbe, E., Hicks, D., Lindsey, J., Crosier, S., Rafiee, G., Grabovska, Y., Wharton, S., Jacques, T., Michalski, A., Joshi, A., Pizer, B., Williamson, D., Bailey, S., Clifford, S. 1 Dec 2020, In: The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health
  • Integration of genome-level data to allow identification of subtype-specific vulnerability genes as novel therapeutic targets, Schwalbe, E., H, L., Lafta, F., Barrow, T., Strathdee, G. 19 Aug 2021, In: Oncogene
  • Inter and intra-tumoral heterogeneity as a platform for personalized therapies in medulloblastoma, Danilenko, M., Clifford, S., Schwalbe, E. 1 Mar 2021, In: Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Pediatric pan-central nervous system tumor analysis of immune-cell infiltration identifies correlates of antitumor immunity, Grabovska, Y., Mackay, A., O’Hare, P., Crosier, S., Finetti, M., Schwalbe, E., Pickles, J., Fairchild, A., Avery, A., Cockle, J., Hill, R., Lindsey, J., Hicks, D., Kristiansen, M., Chalker, J., Anderson, J., Hargrave, D., Jacques, T., Straathof, K., Bailey, S., Jones, C., Clifford, S., Williamson, D. 1 Dec 2020, In: Nature Communications

PGR Supervision

  • Alice Iliasova Investigation of the molecular and clinical heterogeneity of medulloblastoma subgroups Start Date: 01/10/2014
  • Dean Thompson Transforming Cancer Molecular Diagnostics: Molecular Subgrouping and Analysis of Medulloblastoma using Whole Genome Bisulfite Sequencing Start Date: 01/10/2018


  • Biological Sciences PhD January 14 2012
  • Information not provided British Association for Cancer Research (BACR) 2013

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