I went to school in Coventry, and then studied Biochemistry at Oxford before completing a PhD at Imperial College while carrying out research at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) laboratories in London. I then worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Sir Paul Nurse for six years, before setting up my own research group at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine back in Oxford. In 2002 I moved my group to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology and took up a Tutorial Fellowship at Queen’s, where I have previously served as Tutor for Admissions and Senior Tutor.


I teach a variety of aspects of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, medical genetics and general pathology to students of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in their first two years. I also organise and teach on the FHS (third year) option in Cancer, as well as supervising research students in my laboratory at the Dunn School.


My doctoral research was in tumour virus genetics, and I have been working on various aspects of the cell and molecular biology of cancer ever since. My research group, based since 2011 in the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute at the Dunn School, is currently investigating ways in which dysregulation of cyclin-dependent protein kinases contributes to tumour development.


  • Pluta AJ, Studniarek C, Murphy S, Norbury CJ. 2023. Cyclin-dependent kinases: masters of the eukaryotic universe. Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA. e1816. doi: 10.1002/wrna.1816.
  • Norbury CJ. 2023. Koller and the dawn of cancer cytogenetics. Br J Cancer. 128:402-403. doi: 10.1038/s41416-022-01996-z.
  • Norbury CJ. 2013. Cytoplasmic RNA: a case of the tail wagging the dog. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 14:643-53. doi: 10.1038/nrm3645.
  • Yates LA, Norbury CJ, Gilbert RJ. 2013. The long and short of microRNA. Cell. 153:516-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.04.003.

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