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John Radcliffe Hospital, Level 0, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU

Ying Cui

MBBS, MSc, DPhil (Oxon)

Tissue Handling Technician (SPACE and PathLAKE)

SPACE and PathLAKE Prostate Cancer Research

I am part of the Oxford Centre for Histopathology (OCHRe) technical team and the Oxford Radcliffe Biobank (ORB) biobanking team, working specifically on the SPACE study (Spatial Prostate Assessment and Circulating Environment) and the Pathology Image Data Lake for Analytics Knowledge & Education (PathLAKE) project. 

I provide expert technical histology input into the SPACE study’s spatial transcriptomics pipeline and troubleshoot tissue-handling challenges on FFPE and frozen tissue in this novel field of spatial molecular histology. I am also involve in collection, processing and storage of tissue and fluid samples, collection of clinical data, and patient recruitment.

At the same time, I support research project requests within the OCHRe technical team for histology, biochemistry, and digital pathology activities. I act as first point of contact for technical queries from applicants in these areas and give training to the technical team when necessary.


I have a medicine degree and a MSc in China and a DPhil in Physiology from Brasenose College, University of Oxford. I have spent over a decade uncovering the molecular basis of diseases ranging from intervertebral disc degeneration to prostate cancer. My areas of interest include innovation in molecular diagnostics, cell therapies and digital pathology. I actively participate in various science communication and public engagement initiatives to promote STEM in the community.