Professor Gerry Thomas is Director of the Chernobyl Tissue Bank and Professor of Molecular Pathology at Imperial College London. She has an experienced career in research, including becoming a Research Associate at the Department of Pathology in the University of Wales, College of Medicine and then became an MRC Postdoctoral Scientist at the University of Wales after completing her PhD.
Gerry grew up in Rugby and Leicestershire and now lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Peter, who she met on her first day at University and two Jack Russel’s.
To begin with, Gerry did her BSci (Hons) in Pharmacology at the University of Bath in 1978. She then went on to become a Research Associate at the Department of Pathology in the University of Wales College of Medicine and completed a PhD in clonality of thyroid-tumours.
After her PhD Gerry went on to do more research as an MRC Postdoctoral Scientist at the University of Wales.
After her post-doctorate, she adopted the role of Research Associate, and then Senior Research associate.
In 2002, Gerry moved to Cambridge and then began lecturing at Swansea University. She then became the Scientific Director of Wales Cancer bank and on top of this, she also became a Clinical Director for the West London Genome Medicine Centre.
Gerry was a designated individual for the Imperial College Human Tissue License, this was where she featured on Sky News to talk about the Fukushima disaster. She then went out to Japan many times to give her advice.
Gerry is now part retired, but is still the Director of the Chernobyl Tissue bank.