Emeritus Professor Penella Woll BMedSci, MB BS, PhD, FRCP

Prof. Penella Woll

Department of Oncology & Metabolism
Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology
Weston Park Hospital
Whitham Road, Sheffield
S10 2SJ

Office: Room 228, WPH

Tel: +44 (0)114 226 5206
Fax: +44 (0)114 226 5364

email: p.j.woll@sheffield.ac.uk


I graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and trained in Medical Oncology in London and Manchester. I was a Senior Lecturer in the University of Nottingham before being appointed to a chair in Sheffield, and became Emeritus Professor of Medical Oncology in 2017.

Research Interests

My main clinical and research interests are in lung cancer and sarcomas. I have extensive experience of clinical trials testing new treatments for these tumour types, and I am a member of national and international collaborative groups, including NCRI and EORTC clinical trials groups.

My laboratory research is centred on lung cancer biology. I am particularly interested in growth regulation and the role of neuropeptide growth factors in lung cancer. Recent work has focused on plasma DNA in the early diagnosis of lung cancer. My research objective is to develop and evaluate novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and sarcomas.

I chair the Sheffield Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre. This is supported by grant funding from Cancer Research UK and the Department of Health of 1 million over 5 years.

Professional Activities

Chair (2009-) & member (2003-) of National Cancer Research Institute Sarcoma Clinical Studies Group

Member of Yorkshire Cancer Research Scientific Advisory Committee (2007-)

Member of Sarcoma UK Research Advisory Committee

Member of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Lung Cancer Study Group (1999-) and Soft Tissue and Bone Sarcoma Group (1990-)