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Professor Steve Conlan

Professor Steve Conlan

Personal Chair, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295386

Email address

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Steve is Head of Enterprise and Innovation leading innovation activities in the Medical School, and with external organisations including businesses and Wales NHS. 

He is programme board member on two national precision medicine initiatives: Advanced Therapies Wales and Genome Partnerships Wales, where he chairs the Research and Innovation workstream. He sits on the Wales Cancer Research Centre executive, leading the Industry and Innovation theme. 

Steve was a founding Director of the Centre for Nanohealth at Swansea University, an interdisciplinary R&D facility delivering advances in nanomedicine. He is now Strategic Director of the Celtic Advanced Life science Innovation Network (CALIN,, an Ireland-Wales INTERREG operation building a life sciences innovation bridge between Wales (Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea) and Ireland (Cork, Dublin, Galway) 

Steve is Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, heading up the vibrant Reproductive Biology and Gynaecological Oncology research group. 

His research focuses on the application of molecular, cellular and nano biology to understand gynaecological pathologies including cancer and infertility. He is currently working on disease related transcription and epigenetic processes, and the development of advanced therapeutics: Antibody Drug Conjugates (pre-clinical development), exosomes, and nanoparticle deliver systems 

Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), and a Trustee of the British Society of Nanomedicine. He is a Senior Affiliate Member of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, Texas, Distinguished Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University, Suzhou Academy, China, and honorary consultant in the Swansea Bay University health Board. 


Areas Of Expertise

  • Cancer drug discovery
  • Epigenomics
  • Nanomedicine
  • Academic innovation

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests


Cancer Biology



Professor Conlan's research involves the study of cell signalling, transcription and epigenetics, the development of clinically relevant biomarkers, novel disease diagnostic and dectection systems and the development of therapeutic interventions.

Much of our research involves the use of clinical samples obtained through portfolio studies working in partnership with clinicians in the Swansea Bay (Singleton and Morriston Hospitals in Swansea), and Cwm Taf Morgannwg (The Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend) University Health Boards. 

Award Highlights

Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)


The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, Texas

Xi'an Jiaotong University, Suzhou Academy

Universite Grenoble Alpes

Cardiff University