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

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


Natural biomaterial successful in surgical model

Posted on Friday 15 February 2019

Dr Debora Morgante’s research could refine the way some congenital and acquired urinary tract defects are surgically treated in the future.

Dr Andrew Mason begins lectureship in bioinformatics

Posted on Tuesday 8 January 2019

His work could refine the way cancer is treated in the future.

Hambleton Hobble

Posted on Wednesday 10 October 2018

JBU scientists hobble towards victory against cancer.

York Rotary Club tour JBU

Posted on Friday 12 January 2018

In recognition of their fundraising efforts and to showcase our research, the York Vikings Rotary Club toured the Jack Birch Unit (JBU) and cancer biology laboratories.

York Against Cancer Challenge - Lyke Wake Walk

Posted on Tuesday 4 July 2017

Members of the Jack Birch Unit took on the Lyke Wake Walk on 25 June 2017, a full West to East crossing of the North York Moors National Park.