Medicine - Alumni



Timothy Cheng

'I completed my DPhil in the Department of Clinical Medicine under the supervision of Prof Ian Tomlinson in 2015. My research focused on the genetic predisposition to different cancers. I had a fantastic time at Pembroke and Oxford and I really enjoyed rowing, cycling, college dinners, attending talks, and meeting people brimming with eloquence and enthusiasm about what they do and what they think.

My doctoral studies gave me a view of the academic / research career path and time to think about my role in the wide spectrum of scientific research and clinical practice. After my DPhil, I ended up joining my alma mater, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as a Clinical Lecturer. I am currently doing my specialist training at the Department of Chemical Pathology, teaching undergraduate medical students and also doing research about circulating nucleic acids with Prof. Dennis Lo.'


Samra Turajalic

After completing her undergraduate studies at Oxford University Samra did her clinical training at UCL medical school.  She gained a PhD in 2013 from University of London (ICR) in the field of melanoma genetics and targeted therapy resistance.  In 2014 she was awarded a CRUK Clinician Scientist Fellowship to study cancer evolution at the Francis Crick Institute (FCI). She completed her training in medical oncology in 2015 and joined the Skin and Urology Units at RMH as a Consultant Medical Oncologist. She divides her time between the clinic and the Translational Cancer Therapeutics laboratory at the FCI. She is the Chief Clinical Investigator of translational studies into melanoma and kidney cancer. Her research goal is to improve an evolutionary understanding of the kidney cancer and melanoma and the reasons for treatment success and failure. She has received funding grants from Harry J Lloyd Trust, CRUK, RMH-ICR BRC and the Rosetrees Trust.



Ed Mitchell

'I did the graduate course (4 years) at Pembroke, graduating in 2008. I had done a PhD and post-doctoral study before starting medicine (and had been an undergraduate at Pembroke 'first time round'), but even at the ripe old age of 32 was by no means the oldest person on the course! There were all sorts on the graduate course - people who had had careers in finance, consultancy, academia and many other fields, as well as those straight out of undergraduate degrees. I stayed in Oxford for my junior doctor jobs at the John Radcliffe Hospital and local hospitals, and then started specialist training in psychiatry. I then became one of the National Medical Director's Clinical Fellows at NHS England in London and Leeds, working on policy in Long Term Conditions. I've returned to clinical training in Psychiatry at the Warneford Hospital, living and working in Oxford, and sometimes teaching Pembroke students! I also founded a company, Oxford Risk, with two Pembroke Fellows, Professor Alex Kacelnik and Lord Krebs. So being at Pembroke wasn't just a four year course; for many it's the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the college.'

Niall Boyce

'Coming to Pembroke College in 1994 from a comprehensive school in Wales represented a cultural and social shift that was challenging at times. Fortunately, the support and teaching offered by the college was consistently excellent, and it was at Pembroke that my interest in scientific writing and publishing was first kindled. To succeed in any branch of health care requires a broad sense of the sociological, political, and ethical framework of medicine, something the tutorial and collegiate system is perfectly positioned to provide.

After leaving Pembroke, I completed a PhD at King’s College, London, and my clinical degree at Green College, Oxford. House jobs were followed by a place on the north London training rotation in psychiatry and membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I left practice in 2010 to take up a full-time post as Senior Editor at The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals. In 2013, I was appointed Editor of a new Lancet group journal, The Lancet Psychiatry. I would like to encourage students from state school backgrounds to apply to Oxford, and to make full use of the opportunities provided by the University.'

Chinmay Gupte

'Since I left Pembroke I married Cynthia (St Hilda's 1993), and have had 2 children.  I  played cricket professionally for Middlesex and Gloucestershire, and now sit on the board at Lords (MCC). Professionally I am a consultant knee and trauma surgeon at St Mary's Hospital and the Wellington Knee Unit, specialising in sports knee injuries.  At Imperial College London, where I completed a PhD in knee ligaments,  I am a Senior Lecturer in musculoskeletal science, running a research lab on sports knee injuries and training surgeons using novel orthopaedic simulation techniques. As Director of Orthopaedic Training in London, I have the great privilege of training the orthopaedic consultants of the future.  I was President of the  Royal Society of Medicine Orthopaedics Section in 2013 and continue to sit on the Academic board there. I am also director of the healthcare company,'