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Dr Jon Golding

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Life, Health & Chemical Sciences
  • jon.golding

Professional biography

I did my PhD research at King's College, London.

Post-doctoral positions at King's College London, Guy's Hospital, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre (Imperial).

MRC Collaborative Career Development Fellowship in Stem Cell Research.

Research interests

My lab works mainly on improving the effectiveness of the anti-cancer treatments photodynamic therapy (PDT) and radiotherapy. A full list of my research publications can be found at PubMed or Researchgate

A two-year clinical trial of our new combination PDT, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, began in October 2013. On the basis of the excellent trial results, this has been adopted as a standard treatment option by Cambridge Veterinary School. 

PI. Clinical trial of combination photodynamic therapy for equine sarcoids . European Society for Veterinary Dermatology (2013-2015). €20k

PI. Mechanisms of nanoparticle toxicity in normal and tumour cells. Industrial funding (2015-2018). £68k

Co-I. Targeting radiotherapy with DNA binding metal complexes and their attachment to gold nanoparticles. Royal Society of Chemistry (2015). £5k

Co-I. EU Framework 7 grant PEOPLE-2013-ITN ARGENT- Advanced Radiotherapy, Generated by Exploiting Nanoprocesses and Technologies (2014-2017). £3.65M

Patent: Nanoparticles and their uses in medicine. GB1423049.4 (23/12/2014)


Northampton Hospital

Northampton Chronicle

Together with colleagues at Milton Keynes University Hospital, we are planning to recruit breast cancer patients for a surgical pilot study of fluorescence-guided surgery in late 2018. 

I am looking to partner with clinicians and veterinary surgeons for a series of further clinical trials. Please contact Jon for further details.

Teaching interests

My main teaching interest is in developing global online life sciences education (e.g SK320 'infectious disease and public health').

SK320 module chair

S390 module chair (and SXL390 strand chair)

Module author for S317 and S110

Impact and engagement

I am setting up a surgical pilot study of fluorescence-guided breast cancer surgery with surgeons at Milton Keynes University Hospital. We hope to be enrolling patients in August 2018. More information to come soon...

External collaborations

I collaborate with:

  • Clinicians at Milton Keynes University Hospital and Northampton Hospital.
  • Veterinary surgeons at the University of Cambridge and Nottingham Trent University
  • Pharmaceutical companies (Midatech Pharma, Glaxo Smith Kline).
  • New University of Lisbon (RaBBiT program)

As chair of the Life and Biomolecular Sciences Management Group, I work to oversee PhD candidate training in OU Affiliated Research Centres (ARCs) around the world and to foster research relationships between ARCs.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Biomedical Research Network (BRN)NetworkFaculty of Science
Neuroscience Research GroupGroupFaculty of Science


Externally funded projects

Improving the efficiency and targeting of radiosensitisers

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Feb/201731/Jan/2019Sir John Mason Academic Trust
New University of Lisbon have a doctoral training program called RaBBiT, whereby the student does research towards their PhD in a host lab (in this case at the OU). The student will be a visitor to the OU for 2 years. The Sir John Mason Academic Trust will meet the cost of the project specific consumables and expenses.

Mechanisms of nanoparticle toxicity

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Oct/201530/Sep/2018Midatech Ltd
This is a matched funded PhD student project between LHCS and Midatech. This project will discover why certain nanoparticles are selectively toxic to different cell types.

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