Prof Diana Eccles, dean of medicine at the University of Southampton


Diana eccles

Professor Diana Eccles leads the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, and with Christine McGrath she is instrumental in strengthening our partnership’s world leading research, taking discoveries into the clinic.

Strengthening academic research

Professor Eccles has been Chair of Cancer Genetics since 2004. After training in general medicine, then specialist training in adult oncology she worked on the molecular genetics of ovarian cancer in the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh to gain her MD in 1992. She then moved to Southampton to a research post in Genetic Epidemiology simultaneously training in Clinical Genetics and when appointed to a consultant post in Southampton in 1995 she set up one of the first NHS funded Cancer Genetics Services in the UK within the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service.

Professor Eccles is part of Cancer Sciences which incorporates the Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre, the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit and links closely through our clinical academics to Cancer Care  at UHS. She continues to work as an NHS consultant in clinical cancer genetics which encompasses diagnosis and management of many different genetic conditions that predispose to tumour development in families.

Career and education of the dean

Professor Eccles graduated from Manchester University on 1983 and has trained in Manchester, Edinburgh and Southampton.