Dr Claire Pike

Deputy Head of Department

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biomedical and Forensic Science

Location: Cambridge

Claire is involved in a wide range of teaching, principally focusing on genetics, cellular biology and biochemistry.

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Claire read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, progressing to the MSc in Biochemistry and then a PhD in the field of epigenetics and transcriptional control at the Gurdon Institute. She completed a postdoctoral Research Associateship at the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre, focussing on the genetics and genomics of breast cancer, and joined Anglia Ruskin University as a lecturer in biomedical science in summer 2013.

Alongside her research work, Claire has taught for eight years at the University of Cambridge, supervising undergraduates in the Biological Sciences Tripos, directing final-year project students in the Department of Pathology, and acting as a Director of Studies for Magdalene College.

She has also lectured on a broad range of biomedical science topics in London and played a key part in writing new degree courses, which were successful accredited. Claire was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy on the basis of her experience in teaching and learning.

Research interests

  • Biochemistry and epigenetics
  • Molecular techniques such as next-generation sequencing and chromatin
  • Genes that are found to be recurrently targeted by structural change to chromosomes
  • Finding a 'common thread' between genetically dissimilar cases of disease and in which of these events of breakage and translocation can be considered 'driver' of tumorigenesis
  • Signalling factors that maintain integrity of the mammary epithelium, and the effects of their dysregulation


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BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science


  • MSc
  • MA
  • PhD

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy