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Claire Hawkes

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Claire Hawkes is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences teaching on a range of courses including BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, BSc Applied Biomedical Science (Apprenticeship) and MSc Biomedical Science.

Claire specialises in Cellular Pathology and is Module Leader for the MSc Cellular Pathology Module (blended learning). She teaches on the Biomedical Science in Practice and Professional Practice modules due to her wealth of experience working in the NHS as an HCPC-Registered Biomedical Scientist. She also teaches on a range of other modules including Practical Techniques, Living Systems, and Chemotherapy of Cancers and Infections.

Career overview

Dr Hawkes began teaching at NTU as an HPL in October 2018, joining NTU as a full-time Senior Lecturer in June 2019.

Prior to this, Claire worked as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS for over 24 years; her most recent role (2009-2019) was as Senior Biomedical Scientist, Team Leader in Immunohistochemistry, with the Dept of Cellular Pathology at Queen’s Medical Centre,  Nottingham.

She has also worked as a Chief Research Biomedical Scientist in Breast Cancer Research at NUH (1999-2009), during which time she completed a part-time PhD in the field of breast cancer metastasis at Nottingham University.

Claire retains strong links with local hospitals and laboratories which provides continued professional insight into supporting students within Biosciences.

Research areas

Dr Hawkes has a research interests in the field of breast cancer with particular focus on breast cancer metastasis and metastatic growth patterns.

External activity

Dr Hawkes is an HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist, Chartered Scientist and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Biomedical Science.

She is an IBMS Registration Portfolio Verifier and Specialist Portfolio Examiner.

She was elected as a parent Governor at her local primary school and has represented the Governing body for the past 6 years; recently being appointed as Chair of Governors in Autumn 2019.


(2009) Paish EC, Green AR, Rakha EA, Macmillan RD, Maddison JR and Ellis IO. Three-dimensional reconstruction of sentinel lymph nodes with metastatic breast cancer indicates three distinct patterns of tumour growth. J Clin Pathol, 62(7):617-23