Professor Robert Hawkins is a Professor of Medical Oncology based at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
Prof Hawkins attended medical school at Cambridge University and University College London and trained in Medical Oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and obtained a PhD in antibody engineering at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, where he was a Fellow with Dr Greg Winter and Dr Cesar Milstein. As a Cancer Research UK Senior Clinical Fellow he developed translational research interests in antibody based gene therapy. He was appointed as a Consultant in Medical Oncology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 1995 and then became Professor of Oncology at the University of Bristol in 1996 before undertaking his current role at the Christie as Professor of Medical Oncology in 1998.
His main clinical interests are in renal(Kidney)/adrenal cancers, focusing on immunotherapy. He leads the Christie Renal Oncology Service and undertakes a large number of clinical trials, Specialising in the delivery of high dose interleukin-2 as a potentially curative treatment for selected patients with renal cancer.
Professor Hawkins holds Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies on the American Society for Gene Therapy (ASGT); International Society for Biological Therapy of Cancer (ISBTC); British Association for Cancer Research (BACR); American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO); European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).