Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis

A centre of excellence in research on the human bladder lining, the urothelium.

Welcome from the Director

Professor Jenny Southgate
Director of the Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis

Welcome to the website of the Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis. The Jack Birch Unit was opened in 1992, funded by the generosity of the late Jack Birch, OBE and York Against Cancer.

Research in the Jack Birch Unit concentrates on epithelial tissues, which give rise to more than 80% of all adult human cancers. Our main focus is on bladder cancer which is studied relatively little despite being the 5th most common adult cancer. Bladder cancers develop from the urothelium, the specialised lining of the bladder wall.

PhD studentships

Self-funded Studentships

  • Homeostatic mechanisms in human urothelium: balancing of tissue regeneration and differentiation with implications for regenerative medicine and cancer

Fully-funded Studentships

There are currently no fully-funded studentships available


Related websites

Histotech- Specialist histology service
Providing high level consultancy
& contract research

Kystis - Our Human Bladder Tissue Model
A biologically relevant model in a 
commercially relevant format

News and events

Chronic bladder diseases

14 March, 2017

Scientists say they are a step closer to solving chronic bladder diseases

Emerging treatments for bladder health

14 February, 2017

JBU hosts scientists and academics from UK SME UroPharma Ltd and Synesis LLC.

New effects of ketamine abuse uncovered


21 March, 2016

Research conducted by scientists at the University of York has revealed how recreational ketamine abuse damages the bladder.