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Dr James is open to wide-ranging PhD applications from candidates with an interest in molecular pathology research. Previous research experience is desirable although not essential. Areas of interest include application of digital pathology and tissue hybridisation technologies

1992 …2020

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Research Statement

My research is centred on using high quality human biosamples to identify and validate molecular targets as biomarkers for disease prediction, prognosis and response to therapy.   I led the development and expansion of Northern Ireland's first cancer focused Biobank; the Northern Ireland Biobank (NIB) (www.nibiobank.org), securing funding greater than £3.5 million to ensure easier access to high quality, clinically annotated samples which are essential for translational cancer research.   The NIB is now a well established regional resource for all researchers in biomedical sciences to gain quicker, regulated access to quality assured collections of tissue and blood samples linked with reliable clinical and pathological data sets.

Research Interests

A major strand of my current research, using Biobank samples, is in the area of immuno-oncology.  In particular, investigating whether expression profiles of immune checkpoints and biomarkers of the tumour microenvironment can reliably predict clinical outcome in a range of cancer types.  This work is supported by a Cancer Research UK Accelerator Programme grant in Molecular Digital Pathology in which I am a lead investigator.  The Accelerator programme funds a collaborative network of academics from across the UK to utilise novel digital pathology approaches to analyse the immune contexture of tumours.  Specifically I have been working with my colleagues in the QUB Molecular Pathology Programme to predict early development of disease and disease recurrence in Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs) of the aero-digestive tract utilising an open source software image analysis tool 'QuPath' https://qupath.github.io/ .  This software was developed at Queen's as part of the Accelerator programme.   My current research interest builds on a previous successful MRC funded collaborative programme centered on Head and Neck cancer and now extends to other sites in the aero-digestive tract including the oesophagus and lung. 

As an academic pathologist working within the CCRCB Molecular Pathology Programme I also make a significant contribution to ongoing national and international molecular pathology initiatives.  I am a member of the National Cancer Research Institute's (NCRI) Head and Neck Cancer Study Group (H&N CSG) and the NCRI Cellular/Molecular Pathology initiative (CM-PATH).  I have led Belfast's involvement in the Stratified Medicines Programme (2) (funded by Cancer Research UK) on behalf of Belfast's Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre and I lead the work package to deliver the Belfast Tissue Collections for the Movember funded FASTMAN study.

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Research Output

Alcohol intake, tobacco smoking, and esophageal adenocarcinoma survival: a molecular pathology epidemiology cohort study

McCain, R. S., McManus, D. T., McQuaid, S., James, J. A., Salto-Tellez, M., Reid, N. B., Craig, S., Chisambo, C., Bingham, V., McCarron, E., Parkes, E., Turkington, R. C. & Coleman, H. G., 01 Jan 2020, In : Cancer Causes and Control. 31, 1, p. 1-11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 41 Downloads (Pure)

    Comparison of molecular assays for HPV testing in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas: a population-based study in Northern Ireland

    Craig, S., Anderson, L., Moran, M., Graham, L., Currie, K., Rooney, K., Robinson, M., Bingham, V., Cuschieri, K., McQuaid, S., Schache, A., Jones, T., McCance, D., Salto-Tellez, M., McDade, S. & James, J., Jan 2020, In : Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention. 29, 1, p. 31-38

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 19 Downloads (Pure)

    The adaptive immune and immune checkpoint landscape of neoadjuvant treated esophageal adenocarcinoma using digital pathology quantitation

    Humphries, M., Craig, S., Kacprzyk, R., Fisher, N., Bingham, V., McQuaid, S., Murray, G. I., McManus, D., Turkington, R., James, J. & Salto-Tellez, M., 01 Jun 2020, In : BMC Cancer. 20, 1, 11 p., 500.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)

    A systematic review of public perception and attitudes toward informed consent in biobanking

    McCarter, R., James, J., Fallis, R., Fisher, H., McCarroll, J., McFerran, E., Reid, J. & Lewis, C., 26 Jul 2019, PROSPERO.

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    Primary Fellowship Medal, Faculty of Dental Surgery

    James, Jacqueline (Recipient), 1996

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Invited speaker: BSOMP Annual Meeting, Edinburgh April 2016

    Jacqueline James (Speaker)

    24 Apr 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Launch of the NIB PPI Focus Group

    Jacqueline James (Interviewee)

    27 Feb 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Julie Harrington

    Jacqueline James (Host)

    17 Apr 2015

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

    Biobanks and Biorepositories for Stratified Medicine

    Jacqueline James (Participant)

    28 Apr 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    First meeting of BBMRI.uk mirror committees

    Jacqueline James (Member)

    Nov 2015

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation


    Successful Commercial Exploitation of Digital Pathology for Cancer Education, Biomarker Discovery and Clinical Diagnosis

    Peter Hamilton (Participant), James Diamond (Participant), Yinhai Wang (Participant), Ching-Wei Wang (Participant), Paul Kelly (Participant), Jacqueline James (Participant) & Dean Fennell (Participant)

    Impact: Health Impact, Quality of Life Impact