Justin Stebbing

Professor of Cancer Medicine and Oncology in United Kingdom

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Professor Justin Stebbing received his training in medicine at Trinity College, University of Oxford where he earned a first-class degree. After completing junior doctor posts in Oxford, he undertook training and a residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the US, returning to London to continue his career at The Royal Marsden, St Bartholomew's Hospitals and now through Imperial College and its aligned Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He has published over 550 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as The Lancet, New England Journal, Blood, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Internal Medicine, as well as presenting data at international conferences. His focus at Imperial College is on new therapies in cancer and systemic management of patients with solid malignancies using genomic data. His laboratory work is concentrated on druggable target discovery, biomarkers of response and the role of immunotherapy. The charity Action Against Cancer supports his work.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Pathologists and sits on advisory boards of a number of international cancer committees and biotechnology companies. He has published a large body of work on harnessing the immune system to treat cancer. Justin's team published in Nature Medicine the discovery of a new cancer-causing gene associated with new mechanisms of cancer drug resistance. His papers include the use of circulating biomarkers, gene regulation and trials of new agents including biosimilars, increasing access to high-value drugs across the developing and developed world. A review paper on this was recently published in JCO.

He was appointed the first oncology professor funded by the National Institute for Health Research. In 2016, he was internationally recognised with his appointment as co-Editor-in-Chief of Oncogene and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Recently, Stebbing published in the Lancet using artificial intelligence to find a new drug to treat the coronavirus. His further work including mechanistic studies and randomised trials led to its FDA approval at the end of 2020 for hospitalised patients.

  • Education
    • Trinity College, University of Oxford
No one combines research excellence with a deep connection to his colleagues/patients like Dr. Stebbing. He led our team in leveraging our AI assets to identify drugs that could be used to treat COVID-19 and was instrumental in the breakthrough that led to clinical trials. As the first NIHR Research Translational Professor at Imperial College London, he has made great strides in identifying underlying biology and potential treatments for cancer. Justin has my highest recommendation and respect.
Joanna Shields, CEO of BenevolentAI