Dr Elizabeth Murchison, Reader in Comparative Oncology and Genetics at the University of Cambridge, Department of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded a 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize in the field of Biological Sciences. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of early career researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.
Dr Murchison’s research focuses on the genetic diversity and evolution of transmissible cancers affecting dogs and Tasmanian devils. Transmissible cancers are unusual diseases that are spread between animals by the transfer of living cancer cells. Understanding the genetics of these long-lived and divergent cancer lineages may offer insight into fundamental processes of cancer evolution.
Philip Leverhulme Prizes have been offered since 2001 in commemoration of the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of the Trust. The recipient is awarded £100,000, which may be used to advance the prize-holder’s research.