Professor Gerry Thomas

Professor Gerry Thomas is a serial biobanker. Following a degree in Pharmacology followed by a PhD in Pathology, she has worked as a researcher in Cardiff and Cambridge Universities.

In 2002, she returned to Wales, just as a grant was awarded from the Welsh Assembly Government to establish the Wales Cancer Bank, a national collection of blood samples and tissue from cancer patients operated in Wales and was appointed as its Principal Scientist. In 2007, she took up a position as Professor of Molecular Pathology at Imperial College London, where she is involved in developing the Imperial Tissue Bank to underpin translational research at Imperial College London. She has also coordinated the Chernobyl Tissue Bank (CTB) since its inception in 1998. Gerry combines her tissue banking activities with research on the molecular pathology of thyroid and breast cancer, and is also actively involved in translational studies related to clinical trials in breast cancer both in the UK and internationally.