Dr Claire Morgan
Associate Professor
Swansea University Medical School
Telephone: (01792) 606543

Claire gained her PhD in 2002 and since then has worked in the field of cancer research. Claire has previously held a post at the prestigious MRC Cancer Cell Unit in Cambridge before returning to Swansea University. Claire is based at the Institute of Life Science 1 where her research focuses on cancer drug discovery and gene manipulation. She has recently been awarded Cancer Research UK and Welsh Government Funding to further her drug discovery research.

Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Genetics and teaches on the Genetics/ Medical Genetics/Applied Medical Sciences BSc degree schemes and Graduate Entry Medicine in the School of Medicine. She has been Chair of the Student Staff Committee for the past 5 years and sits on the Genetics and Biochemistry board of studies, Applied Medical Sciences Board of Studies and College Learning and Teaching Committee.

She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an external reviewer for the HEA. Most recently Claire, as programme director, has established the first fully NHS- supported Genomic Medicine course in Wales.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Medical Genetics
  • Cancer research
  • Angiogenesis
  • Cancer drug discovery

Administrative responsibilities

  • Programme Director – MSc Genomic Medicine
  • Msci – co-ordinator Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Chair – School of Medicine Student Staff Consultative Committee
  • Member – School of Medicine Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Member – School of Medicine Genetics and Biochemistry Board of Studies
  • Member – School of Medicine Applied Medical Sciences
  • Member - School of Medicine Research Committee
  • Member – Post-graduate Taught Committee

External responsibilities

  • Grant reviewer for CRUK
  • External reviewer for HEA
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA
  • University representative for the Biology Education Research Group
  • Local representative for Genetics society


  1. & STEAP2 Knockdown Reduces the Invasive Potential of Prostate Cancer Cells. Scientific Reports 8(1)
  2. & A Crosstalk BetweenK ras(Kirsten Rat Sarcoma Viral Oncogene Homologue) and Adherence Molecular Complex Leads to Disassociation of Cells-A Possible Contribution Towards Metastasis in Colorectal Cancer. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 117(10), 2340-2345.
  3. & Role of antimicrobial peptides in lung cancer therapy. Journal of antimicrobial agents 3, 134
  4. & MutAIT: An online genetic toxicology portal and analysis tool.. Mutagenesis
  5. & Does maggot therapy promote wound healing? The clinical and cellular evidence. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, n/a-n/a.

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  • PM-133 Evolutionary and Molecular Genetics

    The module starts with a consideration of aspects of genetics and related topics, eg. mitosis and meiosis, mutation, genomes, recombination, transcription, translation, protein structure and protein properties. The second part of the module deals with evolutionary biology, natural selection and variation, molecular evolution, species and their creation, classification and phylogeny.

  • PM-133C Geneteg Esblygiadol a Molecwlaidd

    Mae'r modiwl yn dechrau drwy ystyried agweddau ar eneteg a phynciau perthynol e.e. mitosis a meiosis, mwtadiad, genomau, ailgyfuno, trawsgrifiad, trosiad, strwythur protein a phriodweddau protein. Mae ail ran y modiwl yn cynnwys bioleg esblygiadol, detholiad naturiol ac amrywiad, esblygiad molecwlaidd, rhywogaethau a'u cread, dosbarthiad a ffylogenedd.

  • PM-200 Genetic Analysis II

    This module will give assignments designed to build on essay writing and oral presentation skills introduced in level 1. It will also develop critical evaluation, analysis skills for the understanding of peer-reviewed research papers.

  • PM-200C Dadansoddiad Geneteg II

    Gosodir aseiniadau ar y modiwl hwn i adeiladu ar y sgiliau ysgrifennu traethawd a chyflwyno llafar a gyflwynwyd yn lefel 1. Hefyd, datblygir sgiliau gwerthuso beirniadol a dadansoddi at ddibenion deall papurau ymchwil a adolygir gan gymheiriaid.

  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project


  • PM-317 Genetics of Cancer

    This module will provide students with an advanced understanding about the genetic mechanisms involved in carcinogenesis, and how these underlying processes and molecules affect the human body.

  • PMGM18 Critical Literature Review

    This module will allow students to carry out a critical and in-depth evaluation of previous research based on a specific subject related to genomics

  • PMGM19 Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare

    Pharmacogenomics is playing a key role in our health care system. This module will describe the complexity of pharmacogenomics and the effect of medication on individuals based on their genetic make-up i.e. tailoring drug treatment to improve patient response and techniques to stratify patients at risk of adverse drug reactions. The module will use examples of known validated pharmacogenomic tests relevant to the use of drug treatments.


  • The anti-cancer potentials of antimicrobial peptides Temporin A and LSer-Cec5 on non-small cell lung cancer. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Lewis
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Morgan
  • A study of deprivation status linkage to quality of life measurements in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Morgan
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Lewis
  • Pre-operative assessment of invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast - comparing Digital Breast Tomosynthesis with C-view, and magnetic resonance imaging.«br /»«br /»«br /» No change (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Morgan
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Lewis
  • Developing Bacterial Mediated RNAi as a Therapy for Pancreatic «br /»«br /»«br /» Cancer«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Morgan
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Dyson
  • Investigation of the utility of optical spectroscopy for management of chronic respiratory disease through investigation of sputum mucin glycosylation patterns (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Morgan
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Lewis
  • 'Unbiased and targeted metabolomic approaches to biomarker discovery for pancreatic cancer' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Morgan
    Other supervisor: Dr Ed Dudley
  • 'The role of STEAP2 in Prostate Cancer Progression' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Morgan
    Other supervisor: Prof Shareen Doak

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Director – MSc Genomic Medicine - Swansea University Medical School

    2018 - Present

  • Member - Post-graduate Taught Committee - Swansea University Medical School

    2017 - Present

  • Co-ordinator - MSci Biochemistry and Genetics - Swansea University Medical School

    2016 - Present

  • Member - Applied Medical Sciences Board of Studie - Swansea University Medical School

    2015 - Present

  • Member - Research Committee - Swansea University Medical School

    2014 - Present

  • Member - Athena Swansea Communication and Culture Working Group - Swansea University Medical School

    2014 - Present

  • Member - Biochemistry and Genetics Board of Studies

    2011 - Present

  • Member - Learning and Teaching Committee - Swansea University Medical School

    2011 - Present

  • Chair - Medical School Student Staff Consultative Committee - Swansea University Medical School

    2011 - 2017