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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest: Visiting The Royal Marsden is still suspended, but we want to reassure our patients, their families and anyone worried about cancer during this difficult time that we are still delivering treatment - the hospital is open. Please see more information here about how we are keeping everyone safe.

Dr Samra Turajlic

Consultant Medical Oncologist BA, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Specialism: Skin, Urology

Available at: Chelsea

Special interests:

  • melanoma
  • kidney cancer
  • novel therapies in melanoma and kidney cancer
  • cancer research: biology of kidney cancer and melanoma and the mechanisms of treatment resistance


Dr Samra Turajlic completed her undergraduate studies at Oxford University and her clinical training at UCL medical school. 

She gained a PhD in 2013 from Institute of Cancer Research in the field of melanoma genetics and targeted therapy resistance. 

In 2014, she was awarded a Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellowship to study cancer evolution at the Francis Crick Institute. She completed her training in medical oncology in 2015 and was appointed a Consultant Medical Oncologist on the Skin and Urology Units at the Royal Marsden.

She became an independent Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute in 2019, and divides her time between the clinic and her lab. Dr Turajlic is the Chief Investigator of translational studies into melanoma and kidney cancer, and her research goal is to develop an evolutionary understanding of cancer for patient benefit.

She is a member of the NCRI Bladder and Renal Cancer Clinical Studies Group, ESMO Faculty member for genitourinary cancers; and Scientific Committee member for ESMO, Molecular Analysis for Personalised Therapy, Kidney Cancer Association, and EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposia. She is a Trustee of Melanoma Focus and Kidney Cancer Support Network, as well as a Senior Editor at Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dr Turajlic receives research funding from CRUK, Rosetrees Trust, the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and the RMH/ICR Biomedical Research Centre, among others.


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